Can you beat this? An index score of 4.2 on a laptop!!! Do you to know which laptop I used to achieve this score? Well, here you are...
Say hello to the Alienware Aurora m9700 - quoted as being the Ultimate Gaming Notebook, with 1gb of graphics, and it is the first SLI notebook, and to top it off, it has a 17" screen! A beauty right? Well, I firstly have to thank the guys from Alienware for providing me with this amazing piece of technology, yet I also have to thank James, my partner in crime and fellow VistaBoy, who managed to get his hands on these sexy pieces of kit! Nice one James!
So, what does this all mean? Why does Windows Vista give you this Experience Index?
Well, in a nutshell, the Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer's hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks.
Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer's base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware component is 2.6, then the base score is 2.6. The base score is not an average of the combined subscores.
You can use the base score to confidently buy programs and other software that are matched to your computer's base score. For example, if your computer has a base score of 3.3, then you can confidently purchase any software designed for this version of Windows that requires a computer with a base score of 3 or lower.
Basically, the better your machine is graphically, the more memory it has, the faster the memory, the faster the hard disk, the greater the size of the hard disk, and the faster the processor speed, means the greater the base score! Simple!
What's your score? Bring on the challenge - desktop's need not apply!
My quite not expensive Toshiba A200 -209 laptop has 4.7
proc. 7500 Core 2 Duo 2.2 Gh - 5.1
memory 2 GB - 4.7
graphics - 4.8 (ATI HD 2006)
gaming graphics - 4.8
HDD 250 GB - 5.2
Toshiba rules, has the best efficiency/price index, dell and IBM are overestimated, my laptop ranking :1.Toshiba 2.IBM 3. Dell and others
Dell XPS M1530
Processor(C2Duo T9500) - 5.5
Graphics(GeForce 8600MGT) 5.9
Gaming Graphics 5.4
Hard Disk(200GB 7200RPM) 5.4
Asus F3sv-x1 w/ Vista Home Premium SP1
Processor (Core 2 Duo T7300) - 4.9
RAM (3GB) - 4.8
Graphics - 4.8
Gaming Graphics (Geforce 8600M GS) - 5.2
Hard Disk - 4.8
The scores will just keep getting increasingly insane as technology is enhanced :)
i have a xps 1730 fully upgraded
Gaming Graphics 5.9
Hard Disk 5.9
btw greg # 1 comp atm is ibms super computer. over 300 gigs of ram + other rediculous features.
yes my Asus M51sn has a base index score of 5
windows aero 5
gaming graphics 5.3
hard drive 5.5
Packard Bell Easynote MZ36-U-024-UK laptop
Gaming graphics 3.0
Base score 2.9
Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2080 1.73GHZ
1GB RAM (don't know specs)
ATI Xpress X200M
Vista Home Premium
Awful - bad score, very slow, and graphics judder in every application. Obviously the graphics are rubbish, but maybe I need more RAM...?
Ah well, looking to buy a Macbook Pro soon. :)
I have a Inspiron 1720:
Gaming Graphics 5.3
Hard Disk 4.8
i have a sony vaio VGNFW160D
gaming graphics 4.7
primary hard disk 5.4
base score 4.7
is this good? i got it at futureshop during their
customer appreciation day and got it 10 percent off
original price was 1400 got it for 1260.
HP Pavilion dv9535nr Entertainment Notebook PC
Intel Core2 Duo t5250 @ 1.5ghz
2x1.0 GB DDR2 pc2-5300
nVidia GeForce 8600m GS
1024mb total graphics memory (256mb+768mb shared)
2x120GB Sata-150 5400rpm Fujitsu
Base score: 4.5
Desktop Aero: 4.9
Primary HDD: 4.6
A pretty well ballanced system, it gets the job done and then some! I can view HD content, surf the net, and have my Zune syncing all without issue. Most 720p 5.1 wmv-hds consume at max 30% CPU, since 8series GeForces have hardware h264/vc-1 and wmv9/mpeg4 decoding).
But woe is me that nvidia VERY POORLY supports their laptop GPUs. So, I have to run inf modded 177.89 (since they support CUDA enabled PhysX, for 8series and up)
Processor t2080 4.6
gaming graphics GHA 950 3.1
Primary hard disk 4.5
Base score 3.1
No software added.
I got all above 4.5 except for
Graphics: Aero performance for your desktop. ---> 3.5 Base Score
How can i raise it ????
I wouldn't worry too much, 3.5 for Aero is fine. The score is based on the specification of your graphics card, and the current driver of that graphics card - only changing your graphics card for a higher spec/more powerful one will raise this score. I wouldn't worry about it!
Yeah, pretty much anything that gets you at least 3.0 in the Graphics, Gaming Graphics, and CPU should do the job right. Having 4.5 to 5.0 in the Memory and HDD area should be both critical AND pretty easy to achieve. If you want more out of your system, your OS needs to be highly responsive. Having an HDD that can boot up quick and load prgrams fast, as well as memory that maintains high bandwidth will speed up ANY system.
A lot of us have been fortunate enough to buy laptops with some seriously beefy power, but that's just what the money buys.
Seriously, unless you're hoping to migrate to windows 7 with the same machine, 4.0 should be all most people should hope for.
5.1 acer aspire 8920 laptop
gaming graphics 5.6
primary hard disk 5.3