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Windows 7: WEI Score Index is over rated

27 May 2009   #21
bubba in nv

Win 7 RC

Capt Zero.

My first home modem was a (you ready for it???) a 6 baud pocket modem. Not 60, 6oo, or 6k. SIX. Of course at work on the milnet we only had 12 bauds to start with and then went to the screamer 24 baud. My first 10 meg external hard drive was a CBM brand and cost almost $600. Cassette tape loading of software, only after you programed it yourself.

Actually the machine that I really liked the best was a Commodore 128D because it used basic AND unix. Which I still have in sorage. OH, almost forgot my Vic 20 and Commodor 64. I did not have a color monitor until I got the 128D.That was in 1975 or thereabouts. After that was my first DOS ver 1.2 , 33mhz ibm clone in 1980. (home made of course). A REAL PERFORMANCE MACHINE I might add.

By the way, I'm not that far from you. Tonopah Nevada...

Thanks for the memories... :)

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27 May 2009   #22

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

The WEI is just like many of the other benchmarks - it is just a tool which you can use to give a comparative overview of the performance of your system. However, you need to be aware that the results it gives are just a guide and nothing more. It is perfectly possible that a system with a low WEI score can outperform a similar one with a higher one in real-life situations. In other words, providing that your system is performing satisfactorily in the real world, I wouldn't lay too much emphasis on figures that this tool provides.
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27 May 2009   #23


WEI is not the most sophisticated benchmark tool... but it does good enough for the majority of people. I would not at all call it inaccurate or ficticious or some scheme to try to sell more hardware - Microsoft is a software company, not a hardware company (like Apple). As it stands, there is no reason to suspect Microsoft of skewing WEI scores for some ulterior motive.

That being said, there are two things that are going to affect your WEI score for graphics: your actual physical video card specs (duh), and also very importantly, the drivers that you're using. If you have crazy good video card setup (like SLI or Crossfire or whatever), but are using crappy drivers, your score's gonna suck. Especially on a brand new operating system that the drivers weren't designed for.

Bottom line, you need to download and install drivers that are specific to Windows 7. Otherwise, your WEI score could be half what they should be.

~ Nick
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27 May 2009   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ENZO View Post
Yes, i do, latest drivers from nvidia, i decided to run the checker again, and it comes up with 4.8 now :S

There's still something wrong coz I have a 8500GT and I got a 4.8/4.6 respectively... I think that's a good rate because my video card is a low-end one.
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27 May 2009   #25
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

Yeah, well its higher then my earlier 3.2 :S, ive really just ignored the WEI completely, its ridiculous , and in vista x86, my GPU scored a 5.0 :|

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27 May 2009   #26

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

I don't see the problem with WEI, nor do I think it's overhyped. Heck, most people don't even care about their WEI except for us enthusiasts, and most of us know it isn't the end all-be-all of benchmarks anyways. I actually do think its a pretty nice measurement for relative performance of computers. A 1.0 system will usually perform worse than a 3.0 one =P
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27 May 2009   #27
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64

Ive just completely ignored it, and i dont use it EVER to rate the performance of my computer, and it shouldnt be a measurement to compare computers..

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03 Jan 2012   #28

Win 7 Pro x64

my zotac 9600gt is weird. I get 4.2 for aero graphics but a 6.3 in gaming graphics
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03 Jan 2012   #29

Windows 8 64 bit PRO

I personally disagree with the Original poster. WEI is in my opinion a direction foward. Like you mention your scores where all 7.1 and higher except for one. If one was looking to upgrade because it was a hobby or wanted more improvement. He would know what the next step would be. A balanced system is always good. I humor myself when i see unbalanced systems from friends, where one component is amazingly good and about everything else sucks, also know as bottlenecking.

However that was not really the purpose of WEI, it was meant to be for users with little experience in computers. How many times do people go to forums or online and make a post " Can my computer run (Insert Name of new game here) "

What if games had a WEI score, now a user can see the game and within 3 mouse clicks figuere out his computer score and compare. Basic System requirement information is useful but not many people get it.
This can be taken a step further by also adding WEI scores to softwares.
The problem is some task require no power from GPU but are highly dependent on CPU power. Software boxes will need to add something like 3.0 CPU WEI score recommended.
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