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Windows 7: Is it worth it to upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista with new hardware?

22 Jul 2011   #11
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I agree with clearfire62 that you should get a higher WEI score than 5.9.

On my computer the top score is 7.5, but the WEI is dragged down to 5.9 by a HDD rated at 5400 RPM.

As yours is 7200 RPM, it should beat the score of 5.9 easily.
With a mechanical hdd, max subscore achievable is 5.9. To push beyond that, you'll need an SSD or a RAID setup (maybe). In win7, MS changed WEI a bit so raw transfer speed is less important than handling large amounts of read/write requests with low latency.


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22 Jul 2011   #12
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Vista had a top score of 5.9.
this was my old setup,


and the same setup with Windows 7


And with my i7 Setup,


Q6600 gets a 7.3 and the i7 gets a 7.5 and the i7 is much much faster than my Q6600.
I wouldn't get hung up about the WEI.
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22 Jul 2011   #13
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

If it works on vista, chances are it works on 7.

And RAID can't push your WEI score above 5.9. I had a RAID 0 config before and messing with the WEI logs it deemed the performance justifiable enough for a 7.0+ (Read/Write), but nevertheless it's a 5.9.
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22 Jul 2011   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Arkhi and Bill, thanks for the update on hard drive performance in terms of measuring a computer's WEI as it's something I wasn't aware of.

If existing hard drives are the bottleneck throttling system performance I can see why people are switching to solid-state drives.
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22 Jul 2011   #15
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Hey seavixen32. No problem Existing Hard Drives aren't really much of a bottle neck as long as you got the right ones. Thing is, MS deemed that only SSDs are worthy enough of a score higher than 5.9. SSDs are just too expensive IMHO. I prefer a Hybrid Drive (which is what I have) since it has the best of both worlds.

You can take a look of your HDD score at

Quote:
C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore\YYYY-DD-YY HH.MM.SS.MS Disk.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT.xml
Note the values under WinSAT>Metrics>Disk Metrics. Be surprised.
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22 Jul 2011   #16
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clearfire62 View Post
64 Bit is means it is twice as fast as a 32 Bit computer(which most are).
Is this a joke?
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22 Jul 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
Hey seavixen32. No problem Existing Hard Drives aren't really much of a bottle neck as long as you got the right ones. Thing is, MS deemed that only SSDs are worthy enough of a score higher than 5.9. SSDs are just too expensive IMHO. I prefer a Hybrid Drive (which is what I have) since it has the best of both worlds.

You can take a look of your HDD score at

Quote:
C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore\YYYY-DD-YY HH.MM.SS.MS Disk.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT.xml
Note the values under WinSAT>Metrics>Disk Metrics. Be surprised.
I had a look and you're quite right. My highest responsive score came out at 7.8 so perhaps my hard drive is pretty good after all.

I take it that this log is only written each time the WEI is run?

Anyway, I've made a note of the file path you gave me - thanks again.
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22 Jul 2011   #18
rasmasyean

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I found this article that does some benchmarks.
It looks like they are pretty much the same but with Vista perfroming at the CPU minisculely better, and the Win7 performing at the VGA minisculely better.

It doesn't look like there's a reason for the 5.9 vs 7.9 difference. I did some research and those are the upper limits of the Windows Experience Index rating. It's prolly just some Microsoft marketing thing where they add in 2 points or whatever for "subjective user experience" with the new product. I bet Windows 8 cap will be like 9.9 or something...then 11.9...or they will come out with a completely difference useless rating.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/28...son/index.html
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22 Jul 2011   #19
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rasmasyean View Post
I found this article that does some benchmarks.
It looks like they are pretty much the same but with Vista perfroming at the CPU minisculely better, and the Win7 performing at the VGA minisculely better.

It doesn't look like there's a reason for the 5.9 vs 7.9 difference. I did some research and those are the upper limits of the Windows Experience Index rating. It's prolly just some Microsoft marketing thing where they add in 2 points or whatever for "subjective user experience" with the new product. I bet Windows 8 cap will be like 9.9 or something...then 11.9...or they will come out with a completely difference useless rating.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/28...son/index.html
Not really. See, when Vista came out, the fastest were dual-cores. They scored 5.9. It's unfair to rate today's Quad or 6-core with 5.9 still, hence the addition of 2 points. They planned to just scale it back, but that would just cause too much confusion.
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22 Jul 2011   #20
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

5.9 is the highest possible score on Vista, and I believe 7.9 is the highest score possible on 7. If you see 5.9 on Vista and say 7.2 on 7, that doesn't mean it's performing better in 7, it's just the limitations of the WEI in Vista. Think back to late 2006 when Vista RTM'd. Achieving 5.9's across the board back then was virtually unheard of.
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