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Windows 7: Windows experience index hampered by SATA HDD's?

05 Jun 2012   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Windows experience index hampered by SATA HDD's?

So my WEI score is 5.9
My 2 SATA HDD's are connected to my 6GB SATA ports on the MB. Is this the best score I could get with my hardware or will I need to install a SSD?


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05 Jun 2012   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You will only get a higher number with an SSD. I wouldn't focus too much on that number though. As long as your other numbers are higher, they indicate your hardware is working as expected. If you are satisfied with your hard drive performance, stick with your mechanical drives and don't worry about it. If you are not happy with your system performance, get yourself an SSD drive and you will see a noticeable performance increase.
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05 Jun 2012   #3
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

My other numbers are fine 7.5 and 7.9
I don't see an issue with the hard drive performance. Just wondering if an SSD would be a big increase. I'm more likely to purchase another 6GB of RAM instead of the SSD anyways. I once had a laptop with a SSD and it was the slowest computer ever. That left a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to a SSD.
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05 Jun 2012   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You didn't have it configured properly, if it left a bad taste in your mouth....or you bought a cheap generic one with a poor controller. SSDs speed up the slowest component in your computer. WEI is utterly worthless in most cases, but you can see from your scores that the HDD is the slowest point. 5.9 is the best you will do with a mechanical drive.

However, don't upgrade because of your WEI scores. If you really need more memory for some unique reason, go that route. If you want to speed up your entire system, in every type of usage, get an SSD.
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05 Jun 2012   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
My other numbers are fine 7.5 and 7.9
I don't see an issue with the hard drive performance. Just wondering if an SSD would be a big increase. I'm more likely to purchase another 6GB of RAM instead of the SSD anyways. I once had a laptop with a SSD and it was the slowest computer ever. That left a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to a SSD.
Unless you have a very specific piece of software that wants more than 6GB of RAM, or you run a handful of concurrent VM's, I would always pick an SSD over moving from 6GB of RAM to 12GB of RAM.

I've never had anybody use an SSD in a computer that was running correctly and feel that it was a bad, or slow experience. The only complaint about SSD's have always been, "why did I wait this long". And occasionally, "I wish I had more space".
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05 Jun 2012   #6
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

So lets say I buy a SSD and install Windows to it and my programs on the HDD. Will playing games see a big difference, such as loading levels? If the programs are on the HDD then in what aspects of Windows will you see an improvement?
I was leaning towards more memory for other programs (3D, photo editing, video encoding).
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05 Jun 2012   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Games won't load any faster if they are coming from the HDD, but loading times aren't what matters for a gaming system anyway. If it does matter to you, then you just install them to the SSD. Same with the rest of your important apps.

What's the sense in buying an SSD to NOT use it? As for the memory, how certain are you that 6 GB in your system now is holding you back?
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05 Jun 2012   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Games won't load any faster if they are coming from the HDD, but loading times aren't what matters for a gaming system anyway. If it does matter to you, then you just install them to the SSD. Same with the rest of your important apps.
While loading the game faster won't make your gaming experience any better (more FPS), I find that games are some of the longest loading experiences that I get on my PC. I spend far more time waiting for a game to load than I do for something like Google Chrome to open, or Media Monkey to launch my music collection.

I want my games loaded on my SSD. Obviously, the trade off is the amount of disk space consumed.
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05 Jun 2012   #9
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Well, just bought another 6GB of memory. It was cheap compared to the SSD's (I know it wont help my WEI score).
If I do decide on getting an SSD, is there a brand that I should look at (or stay away from)? Also what size would be a good choice (just for OS, MSE, Malwarebytes)? All other programs would be installed to the HDD.
Or just save the money?
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05 Jun 2012   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

They are definitely some of the "slowest" loading apps, just for the amount of data that needs to be loaded to start the game...but like you said...it has no affect on the actual gameplay, once loaded.
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