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Windows 7: Windows 7 experience scores...Does RAM affect other scores?

24 Aug 2010   #1
damian5000

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows 7 experience scores...Does RAM affect other scores?

Are areas other than RAM affected (score wise on the WEI assessment) by the amount of RAM you have?

I had an A42JV notebook with 4gb, but it had some issues and I traded it in for K42JV which only has 2 GB. The processor and GPU are the same, yet now my Windows experience score for Aero Performance is 3.9 (Intel HD). It was 4.2 with the other notebook.

Could the difference possible be due to having 2GB instead of 4GB now...Or could it possibly be due to a different motherboard or a different Intel HD?


Also I see people with the same processor scoring 6.7 (i5 450) for the processor score, yet I'm scoring 6.2... What could account for the difference? Motherboard?

Thanks much for any answers...


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24 Aug 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

You will see a performance boost by having more memory. Having less memory will affect your Aero performance.
Processors will vary slightly in speed. Also, the processor is going through your mobo.
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24 Aug 2010   #3
damian5000

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I realize more RAM affects performance...But will having more RAM (2gb vs 4gb) affect the scores in areas other than RAM in WEI.
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25 Aug 2010   #4
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

No. WEI targets specific hardware and rates it. You shouldn't really put to much stock in WEI as a benchmarking tool as it is known to be fickle.
It's really more designed as a sales tool for the OEM retailers to show the performance between machines In my opinion. Windows Experience Index - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows Fabe
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25 Aug 2010   #5
damian5000

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ok, thanks... I actually got an answer at another forum that stated the difference was because there was less RAM, the Intel HD which handles the Aero performance would have less RAM accessible to it, thus the lower score.

Not sure what's correct at this point. It's the exact same motherboard, CPU, and GPU.

I know the Intel HD can use up to 1.7gb. With this model, it's using 768mb, so perhaps when 4gb was available, the Intel HD was able to use more system RAM. Make sense?
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25 Aug 2010   #6
Bootz

Vista Business x64
 
 

I believe adding more ram can increase the cpu score in windows. If i remember right when i upgraded from 1GB to 2GB a couple years ago it raised my cpu score from 5.0 to 5.1. Not much of a change, but still a change.
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26 Aug 2010   #7
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damian5000 View Post
because there was less RAM, the Intel HD which handles the Aero performance would have less RAM accessible to it, thus the lower score.
This is correct.
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