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Windows 7: WEI - Is it worth the bother?

20 Jul 2010   #41

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Despite all the contrary opinions I think WEI gives a fairly useful assessment of overall system performance.
I agree, that's why I think this post makes the most sense...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victek View Post
WEI gives you a reasonable idea of the levels of system performance. I don't believe it means to be a serious benchmarking tool, but many people are offended when it doesn't accurately reflect their hardware upgrades, etc. If there is a real concern that some part of the system is under-performing then a dedicated benchmarking tool can be used to evaluate it. WEI is not that tool. Just ignore it.
WEI - Is it worth the bother?

I wouldn't completly ignore it though as a low (4 instead of 6 for example) score could indicate a problem. However its not a benchmarking tool!!!

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21 Jul 2010   #42

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Can anyone recommend a more useful benchmarking tool (preferably free)?

I use Belarc Advisor as a fairly comprehensive tool for auditing my system, but it doesn't provide any benchmarking, however it does tell me if any MS patches are missing.
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21 Jul 2010   #43

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

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21 Jul 2010   #44

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

Also try this free to evaluate for 30 days but you only really need to do it a couple of time to see your results.


PassMark BurnInTest software - PC Reliability and Load Testing


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21 Jul 2010   #45

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prospero View Post
Can anyone recommend a more useful benchmarking tool (preferably free)?

I use Belarc Advisor as a fairly comprehensive tool for auditing my system, but it doesn't provide any benchmarking, however it does tell me if any MS patches are missing.
A couple of programs that are geared towards video card performance but will test system performance as well are....

3DMark Vantage.... Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage - Introduction. Google it and you will find that any PC benchmarked will use this program. It's not free, however you can get a "one try" trial for free.

A free and older program is 3DMark 06 Basic Edition with limited functionality - Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - Download. However this version is limited to DX9 testing. If you want to test DX10 & 11 performance, go with 3DMark Vantage.

If you want something to test your overall system performance there's PC Mark Vantage.... Futuremark - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Introduction. This also has a "one try" free trial use.

I know some of these aren't free, it's just to make you aware of the them. Sometimes Futuremark runs deals. I got both 3DMark Vantage & PCMark Vantage for $19.99.

If you want to see what's out there for testing there's a good list here.... Latest Overclocking Programs, System Info, Benchmarking, & Stability Tools
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