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!
Lenovo thinkpad R60i
Processor T2080 4.6
Memory 2GB 4.7
Graphics 945GM 5.7
Gaming graphics GMA 950 3.1
Primary hard disk 4.4
Base score 3.1, Not very good in gaming.
Base score 3.1
XPS M1730 (I admit its a bit maxed out)
Processor (Intel X9000 (max clock)): 5.9
Memory (4GB): 5.3
Graphics (Aero): 5.9
Graphics (Gaming) SLI 8800 GT*2: 5.9
Primary Hard Disk: 5.9
Base Score 5.3. Why did Dell put such mismatched memory in this system (ordered the max spec)
Its quite good, though the laptop was 800 pounds.
Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.4ghz
4GB - DDR2 800mhz SDRAM
Radeon HD 3650 (pretty nifty)
(7200rpm) 500GB HD
Graphics Aero: 5.1
Gaming Graphics: 5.4
Hard Disk: 5.9
Base Score------ 5.1 (Why aero performance always the lowest!)
Mine the best so far, probably...
Alienware Area 51 M15X Laptop
Processor: Intel Core2 Extreme CPU X900 Overclocked: 2.8Ghz
Memory - DDR2 667 MHz Transcend
Graphics - Nvidia 8800MGTX 512MB
HD - 320GB SATA 5400RPM
OS - Microsoft Window Vista Ultimate 32bit
Graphics Aero: 5.9
Gaming Graphics: 5.8
Hard Disk: 5.4
Base Score------ 5.4
Dell XPs M1730 beats the Alienware
New unibody macbook, running 5.2!!!
gaming graphics 4.9
hard disk 5.4
Base score is 4.8!!!!!
Got a toshiba Qosmio
Gaming Grapics 5.8
Hard Disc 5.7
4,2 on a DELL XPS M1330.... (small laptop with 13,3" screen)
Only thing pulling it down is a 4,1 graphics score...:
CPU : 5,3 (2,4ghz)
RAM : 5,1 (4gb)
Graphics : 4,1 (nvidia m8400)
Gaming Graphics : 4,7
HDD : 5,9 (OCZ Core SSD - 128gb)
I have the latest Macbook alu Unibody.
2,4 GHz Core2Duo
2 GB 1066 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
Nvidia GeForce 9400M 256MB ram Graphics
250 GB HDD 5400 RPM
Primary HDD: 5,2
The memory is the highest it can getm thats must be co´z the bus is 1066 MHz. I run Vista 64 Ultimat and it starts iin about 15 seconds and runt at blazing speed. I was surprised because I am used to this kind of speed in OsX Leopard. I´m not sying I will convert to windows but credit is certanly due here. Cudos Microsoft! And I know that you were inspiered a geat deal from Os X but I forgive you when it turned out this good. One thing I like more than Leopard is the light feedback that you get when moving the mouse-cursor over a button, that looks cool. Microsoft have also placed most of the Os-controll in the controll panel in contrast as to before where every control aspect where scatered all over the place. If they would continue to simplify and automate the technical stuff so that the user don´t have to deal with it that would be even better. Os-X does that, windows is not quite there yet. But that does not mean that you cant get extremely technical on a mac, it´s a Unix for heaven sake, start the terminal or even start one of the many, many apps that are there for programmers or pro´s of difrent kind. Sorry for the rant. VISTA IS THE GREATEST WINDOWS EVER! (and closer to os X than ever- apple look out) //Fredde
That score (original post) is too low for that processor. I did a clean reinstall of my OS with ASUS's recovery discs and now my CPU subscore is a 4.4, when previously it was a high 5.5 or something. I tried reinstalling the chipset, ATK, and many other drivers - doing another clean install - and also flashed the BIOS a few times. I cannot get my actual performance numbers back. Does anyone have any ideas? PLEASE HELP. Sorry, I know this isn't a support thread, but I figured someone here would have an idea to share with me and I think the owner of this thread is having the same issue.
Oh, yeah - I almost forgot - my specs:
Intel Centrino T9300 (2.5GHz)
nVIDIA 9500M GS (512MB-DDRII)
4GB RAM (667MHz)
Mat****a Blu-Ray Combo (UJ-120)
Vista HP x64/Kalyway-OSx86/Linux Mint 5-Elyssa
I wouldn't worry - Remember when I posted the original post, it was 2006, and at the time, the 2.4GHz processor was probably the fastest on the market, so the score of 4.2 for CPU at that time was huge. However now, we're in 2009, and the CPUs have moved on incredibly - I bet if I re-ran the tests on the Alienware, the number would be lower, because the thresholds have probably been changed by Microsoft to provide more scale between the low end CPUs and the high end CPUs.
I wouldn't worry - the performance of your machine will be the same - this is purely some numbers to give you an idea of your performance level.
Have you tried using the very latest drivers for your machine rather than the ones from your recovery disk? This may have an impact on the scores - try new drivers, re-run the tests, then see what you get, but like I say, don't worry - it's not a competition, nor does it indicate your PC is going slower - I believe that just over 2 years on from the original post, the scales have been adjusted and if many people above re-ran their tests, their scores would be different.
Hope that helps,
Procesor brings it down to 5.6
Gateway FX 7111
640gb Raid0 (dual) 7200rpm
Intel T9600 2.8gh
Lol you can see how inevitably all previous scores are inevitably being beaten up and you end up dreaming about your next power beast and wasting another couple thousands ;)
4.5 on a macbook
nvidia 9400m and processor p7350 both scored 4.9