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    Windows Experience Index

    Base Score 5.9. Not to shabby but apparently my HDD lets me down! Should I replace it? What makes a good HDD?

    Component Details Subscore Base score
    Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor 7.3 5.9
    Determined by lowest subscore

    Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB 7.5
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series 7.7
    Gaming graphics 2815 MB Total available graphics memory 7.7
    Primary hard disk 859GB Free (931GB Total) 5.9
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    System
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    Manufacturer System manufacturer
    Model System Product Name
    Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
    System type 64-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 4

    Storage
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    Total size of hard disk(s) 931 GB
    Disk partition (C 859 GB Free (931 GB Total)
    Media drive (D CD/DVD

    Graphics
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    Display adapter type ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
    Total available graphics memory 2815 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
    Dedicated system memory 0 MB
    Shared system memory 1791 MB
    Display adapter driver version 8.681.0.0
    Secondary monitor resolution 1280x768
    Primary monitor resolution 1920x1080
    DirectX version DirectX 10

    Network
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    Network Adapter Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
    Network Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    If money is no object then some kind of SSD hard drive would certainly sort that out.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/80GB-...s-Write-70MB-s

    Or perhaps a WD Raptor running at 10k rpm - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/150-G...-rpm-42-ms-NCQ

    Im sure someone else will come up with a better solution though.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin Martian View Post
    Base Score 5.9. Not to shabby but apparently my HDD lets me down! Should I replace it? What makes a good HDD?
    Flash memory. Seriously. You won't get above 5.9 with a mechanical drive, AFAIK. If you want better, lay out £200 on an SSD as system drive.

    OK, I suppose you could try a 3 or 4 disk RAID 0. Dunno how much better it'd be though.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    Yeah - mechanical drives just don't cut the mustard any more. I get a 7.7 rating for my hard disk with a Intel X25 G2 160 GB drive. Awesome.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    SDDs are definately the way forward, but I'll have to live with what I've got, til the prices come down a bit!
    Is WEI the best overall benchmark or are there others I should look at?

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    To be honest, imo the only benchmark you need if you're not going to do some hardcore overclocking is does it do what you want how you want? Does it play games at the framerate that's good? etc. If the answer is yes, then it's good to go
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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Flash memory. Seriously. You won't get above 5.9 with a mechanical drive, AFAIK. If you want better, lay out £200 on an SSD as system drive.

    OK, I suppose you could try a 3 or 4 disk RAID 0. Dunno how much better it'd be though.
    I think I got 6.1 or 6.5 with my hard drive array. 3 x 500gb in raid 0 so you can get there. I had the hard drives spare and a raid controller on the motherboard so this method was a lot cheaper than buying a ssd and it is slower but it suits me for the moment.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    I have 2 40gb ssd now kingston drives in raid 0 which have a score of 7.5 if its of any interest.

    Personally I love the SSD drives and they make a huge difference to the computer.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    Quote Originally Posted by no_numb View Post
    I have 2 40gb ssd now kingston drives in raid 0 which have a score of 7.5 if its of any interest.

    Personally I love the SSD drives and they make a huge difference to the computer.
    I have the same 2 SSds in raid, but I get score of 7.9 does the score decline over time? or is this raid driver/chipset differences at play?

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    Apparently the score declines because Microsoft raises the bar every so often.

    For me, that makes it a pointless benchmark, but there you go.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    I always thought the score stayed the same but it was only valid on that version of Windows; certainly my scores on Vista never changed (or only improved with an upgrade).

    Incidentally, just built a monstor PC for a client:

    i7 920
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    2x 160GB Intel SSD RAID0
    2x WD 1TB RAID0

    Processor: 7.4
    Memory: 7.5
    Graphics: 7.3
    Gaming Graphics: 7.3
    Primary Disk: 7.9

    Windows 7 Professional x64

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Apparently the score declines because Microsoft raises the bar every so often.

    For me, that makes it a pointless benchmark, but there you go.
    IMHO, in a years time, when your benchmark is still the same and you haven't upgraded anything......
    Surely it's better that 7.9 is always the best score and the one to measure your system against?

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    I'm getting 5.9 as well with 2x Samsung F3 500gb in RAID 0. The only way to get in the 7.0's is with an SSD due to the access time.

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    Re: Windows Experience Index

    6.1 here with a pair of raptors.
    7.3 or 7.4 with an OCZ Agility 30gb..

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