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If you are running Windows Vista then no doubt you have come across the Windows Experience Index base score. But even if you are yet to swap XP for Vista, the Index has to be at least vaguely familiar to you as it is a subject that generated a consistent amount of "spilled ink." Windows Vista made quantifying the performance of a system configuration a streamlined process and an effortless solution.
Currently, Windows Vista will rate machines based on five core components: processor, RAM, graphics, gaming graphics and primary hard disk. The Base score that is given to a computer is determined by the lowest subscore and can range from 1.0 to a maximum of 5.9. Why 5.9? because Microsoft envisioned the Windows Experience Index base score as a continuously evolving rating system and
designed it leaving space to grow.
"So why such an odd range of numbers? The index is designed to expand and evolve over time. At some point in the next 12 to 18 months, the Windows team expects to push the maximum score to 6.9, and eventually to 7.9 and beyond. Maybe someday the index will actually reach 10 (or 9.9). This will not change any scores on the low end. A PC rated 2.8 will still stay at 2.8 unless it is upgraded with new hardware components," revealed John Swenson
, a writer on the Windows user assistance team at Microsoft.
But is there such a thing as a perfect 5.9 system? Well the answer is yes. With a Processor Intel Core 2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz, Memory (RAM) 2.0GB, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT, Gaming graphics 1001MB Total available graphics memory and Primary hard disk 596.2GB you will be able to achieve the top Windows Vista score.
As a matter of fact, an entire community has been building around the Windows Experience index base score. Over at ShareYourScore
, you will be able not only to brag about the horsepower of your system but also to find out what are the top performing CPUs (AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+, and Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.66GHz), the top performing video graphics cards (RV530 LE and NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO) the top performing gaming video cards (RV530 LE and NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX), the top performing encoding video cards (RV530 LE and RADEON X800 XT Platinum Ed) and the overall top performing videocards (RV530 LE and Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition).
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|Comment #1 by: Calvin on 16 Mar 2008, 18:00 UTC|| reply to this comment|
the reason why I don't use vista is because it takes too much maintenance and also some advice. when you start with the windows vista operating system, It gives you a score from 1 to 10. If it is below 5 windows vista automatically turns off the aerial themes and effects If it's below 2 then vista turns of basic themes and regular performances such as launching your browser and playing vista games and that's what happened to me so you should not use vista if you need to buy things to maintain an operatingsystem than a computer which I think is stupid. I've experimented with many third party operating systems meaning things like vista inspirat 2 and vista transformation pack. I believe that vista inspirat 2 is better than vista transformation pack because VTP Changes your bootscreen and allows Trojans in your system32 file causing the computer to not reload and makes your dad pull out the belt and whip you. I recommend vista inspirat 2, also you might want to download topdesk for win flip 3d (use u torrent and go to mininova .com, type topdesk). and download crystal xp prebuild.
|Comment #1.1 by: Dimitri on 05 Aug 2009, 11:31 GMT|
Vista is good once you update the harddrive. My specs are:
5.9 CPU (Yes, it's a good one)
5.5 RAM (Not the best, but it's 3GB RAM so it's still good!)
5.9 Graphics (Perfect Graphics - YAY!)
5.5 Gaming Graphics (Again, this needs updating.)
5.7 Hard Disk (245 Free, 466 Total... not bad.
Overall, my average is 5.7, but my score is 5.5 (Very good!)
|Comment #2 by: Francisco on 19 Aug 2008, 06:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
hehehe im really happy with my minimum upgrade and ive got a 5.0 score, just bought the following: gigabyte p35-ds3l rev 2.0, 2gb twin2x Corsair ddr2 800 4-4-4-12 memory modules, E2180 OC 3.0 ghz, already had EVGA 8800GTS 640mb, and an old 80GB 7200 Barracuda hard drive.just spent $240 aprox.
|Comment #3 by: Who? Chip Jones on 03 Sep 2008, 00:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yea Mines a Gateway Fx thats a 5.9
|Comment #4 by: Dianne on 18 Sep 2008, 19:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have a 5.9 score, and vista feels terrible and slow to me. I just built the computer a couple of days ago.
Phenom 9950 (not overclocked)
8 GB RAM (using x64 Vista)
1 TB Seagate Barracuda
GIGABYTE MB (not sure of which off top of my head)
|Comment #5 by: vlx on 14 Oct 2008, 13:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Well I've got 5.9 also with Vista Business.
MSI P45D3, 4096MB RAM 1333MHz, IntelCore2quad, and some 750GB HDD split across two SATAII disks
anyway it really feels being slow, but when I switched off all these funny animations, sidebar and stoped all possible backround jobs it started to be fun. The only thing I do not understand why the HDD is working all the time ...
|Comment #6 by: spartan noken on 19 Oct 2008, 09:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
mine is an odd system
2 x IP4 (6GHz) 4.9
RAM (2x 1GB 4.7
Graphics for aero 5.5
nvvidida 8500 (512MB)
|Comment #6.1 by: Ivo on 28 May 2009, 18:26 GMT|
I think this Vista score is not objective, because you have more powerful CPU than me and I have score 5,3... and for graphics I have powerful GPU (9600M GT 512 MB, 1536 MB used) and my graphics for aero is only 5,0. My CPU is Core 2 Duo P8600 (2400 MHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache).. But thank God my RAM score is 5,9 (I thought DDR2 is crap, but it is not)
|Comment #7 by: jaspa on 30 Oct 2008, 22:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
my set up is similar to Dianne's except that i use 5 raptor 74gb hard drives in a raid 5 and mines run at astronomical speeds. na latency at all. slow hdd's slow down everything (also graphics is a gx2 1gd)
|Comment #8 by: Seb. on 15 Nov 2008, 09:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Phenom 9550 - 5.9
Hd3870 oc 1gb 5.9 in both
1 sata hd - 500 gb + 1 pata hd - 250 gb - 5.9
2gb ram - 5.9
They need to raise the scores now. Everyone has a 5.9 xD
|Comment #9 by: kaizer on 20 Nov 2008, 09:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
why my rating score is 5.8
intel core2quad 3.0Ghz
4GB ddr3 RAM
nVidia Quadro FX 3700
500GB SATA HDD
Intel Extreme Motherboard
|Comment #10 by: Raihan on 01 Jan 2009, 13:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
my base score is 5.5
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz- 5.9
4Gb Ram DDR2 - 5.5
NVIDIA Geforce XFX 9800GT 1GB
320GB sata hard disk
|Comment #11 by: Koen on 01 Jan 2009, 14:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got a 5.6 now.
Processor : Intel Core2Quad Q6600 (2.4Ghz)
Graphics Card : eVGA GeForce 9600GT (512MB DDR3)
Harddisc : 820GB Total
Internal Memory : 4GB (OCZ Reaper Kit 2x2GB)
Why don't i have a 5.9 then?!
|Comment #12 by: Mi'ing on 02 Jan 2009, 09:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Wooow... my score is 1....
maybe this computer is number 1 in windows 98 . hahhahahaaaaaa
|Comment #13 by: wa-:9 on 28 Jan 2009, 08:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i got Phenom black 9550 and got - 5.6??? weakest 5.5 but it seems there must be bug or something cus it says !new hardware detected even when i Refresh it :S
all drivers are update . x64 Ultimate Edition (+ latest SPs)
|Comment #14 by: peter on 17 Feb 2009, 21:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
yeah 5.9 on everything as well, c2q 9650 3.0, gtx 295,8gb ddr2, sas 15krpm disk
I think taking the lowest number as the overall score is rubbish as in a game you can have a slow hard disk but once loaded in memory will fly so...
|Comment #15 by: Jon on 18 Feb 2009, 17:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got a 5.8 b/c my slow 9500 phenom XD 2.2ghz quadcore gave me 5.8
Processor: Phenom quadcore 9500 2.2ghz ---5.8
Memory(RAM): 8gig ram OCZ ---5.9
Graphics: performance for aero ---5.9
Gaming graphics: GTX 260 ---5.9
Primary hard disk: 250gb HDD ---5.9 (This HDD is pretty darn old lol)
|Comment #15.1 by: MRgie on 08 Mar 2011, 17:14 GMT|
try update to windows 7 the score will 5.9
|Comment #16 by: JC on 26 Feb 2009, 06:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
my comptuer is 5.9 everything
|Comment #17 by: Dorp on 26 Feb 2009, 15:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'm at 5.9. I agree - I think they need to update the rating basis - any new build should have a 5.9!
Phenom II 920 - 5.9
4GB Patriot DDR2 1066 - 5.9
1TB Seagate SATA - 5.9
ATI Radeon 3870 OC - 5.9, 5.9
|Comment #18 by: Villain on 30 Mar 2009, 07:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
To get a perfect score for windows vista depends on the bottlenecks in your system. I am literally referring to the speeds at which different components transfer information - In and Out (I/O's). If one or more components is slower than the others at I/O's, then it becomes a 'Bottleneck' and the computer will only run as fast as its slowest component.
If you are using IDE leads - get SATA or optical connections (Include your CD/DVD)
My system contans the following :-
Dual Core E7200 @ 2.53 Ghz (CPU)
1024MB GeForce 9800GTX (Graphics)
1TB Seagate SATA II (HDD)
8GB 1066Mhz DDR2 Kingston HyperX (4x 2GB Sticks)
ASUS P5KSE_EPU (Motherboard)
Windows Vista Home Premium (32 Bit System)
All scored 5.9 except my processor which scored 5.4...
Obviously, my CPU is the bottleneck of my system.
Basically, I need a faster CPU to improve system speed.
("In engineering, bottleneck is a phenomenon by which the performance or capacity of an entire system is severely limited by a single component. The component is sometimes called a bottleneck point. The term is metaphorically derived from the neck of a bottle, where the flow speed of the liquid is limited by its neck.") (Thanks to Wikipedia for that quote...
|Comment #18.1 by: pattech on 12 Nov 2010, 06:48 GMT|
why would you have a 32 bit OS and have 8Gbs of RAM?
|Comment #19 by: Danjenks on 09 May 2009, 06:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Dianne, Vista is terribly slow. Windows 7 will be much better I'm currently using windows 7 ultimate RC and its a huge improvement.
my score is 5.9
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor
4GB - GSKILL: 6.4
2GHz 512MB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 4830: 6.4
1TB Seagate SATA 5.9
|Comment #20 by: jaysleazy on 15 May 2009, 06:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
intel i7 920 @3.0
6gb gskill 1600
2 wd raid
I think since my AW laptop last year hit 5.9 with a core 2 duo this one would hit 5.9 runnin at half power
|Comment #21 by: slysnipe on 06 Jun 2009, 05:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Total score = 5.9
Intel Q9550 2.83 = 5.9
8GB Corsair XMS2 800 DDR2 = 5.8
(3) GTX 260 = 5.9
500GB SATA HD = 5.9
How can I get my RAM score to 5.9?
|Comment #22 by: DRA on 01 Jul 2009, 05:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
AMD X2 7750 2.7GHz = 5.5
2GB DDR2 800 = 5.9
Nvidia GTS 250 = 5.9
320GB HDD SATA 7200RPM = 5.9
IN WINDOW 7 my graphics score = 6.1
|Comment #23 by: SH on 18 Jul 2009, 08:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My Score is 5.9
Q9650 Core 2 Quad 3 GHZ 12 Mb L2 Cache
Geforce 9800 GT 1 GB DDR3
2 GB DDR3 Kingston at 1333
500 GB SATA
|Comment #24 by: lolo on 08 Aug 2009, 13:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I've got 5.9
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core 2.60GHz
Ram: 4GB DDR2
MSI 9600GT 1GB DDR3
500 GB SATA
|Comment #25 by: Greg on 10 Aug 2009, 18:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Wow, $3500 maxed out my score to 5.9! I7 975 Extreme, Corsair Dominator 6X2GB, MSI Eclipse, 1TB 10,000rpm SATA Lenovo HD, Dual Lenovo SATA DVD-RAM drives, Dual IDE LG DVD-RAM, Coolermaster 840 + 1250watt clean power supply by Coolermaster, Dual 4870x2 Radeon in Cross Fire mode, 32" Polaroid Monitor, Altec Lansig 7.1 with X-FI Soundblaster, Razer Trantula keyboard, Razer Lachesis mouse, and DELL/ALIENWARE can't touch what I built unless you got $7000+.
|Comment #26 by: Greg on 10 Aug 2009, 18:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
5.9 all the way across! I've never seen processor go above 50% RAM stays around 10-30% under full load multi-tasking. Encoding a DVD while playing Far Cry it don't even blink.
I7 Extreme 975 3.33GHz (no need to overclock this monster)
Corsair DDR3 Tri-channel 6x2GB Dominator
Dual Radeon 4870x2 in crossfire mode (so it's 4 GPU's)
Lenovo 1TB 10,000rpm SATA
Dual Lenovo SATA DVD-RAM drives
Dual LG IDE DVD-RAM drives
CoolerMaster 840 tower
CoolerMaster 1250W Clean/Real Power
MSI Eclipse with X-FI Soundblaster
|Comment #27 by: Tom on 27 Aug 2009, 09:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got a 7.1 on my processor yay, but 5.5 on memory, sigh.
|Comment #28 by: PeMi on 01 Sep 2009, 11:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Dell XPS M1530
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9300 @ 2.50GHz 6.0
4 GB DDR2 6.0
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 5.8 graphics
Gaming Graphics : 1791 MB Total available graphics memory 6.2
HDD: 500GB SamSung HM500LI 5.5
Why my HDD is weak !?
|Comment #29 by: Steve on 08 Sep 2009, 01:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Quick question: what is the current cap on the vista score?
Mine are all at 5.9 now but wondering if it goes past that now
|Comment #29.1 by: Marius Oiaga on 08 Sep 2009, 08:02 GMT|
Still 5.9 in Vista. But check out Windows 7, you can go higher that 5.9: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hardware-Configuration-for-the-Perfect-7-9-Windows-7-Score-102349.shtml
|Comment #30 by: Jules on 12 Sep 2009, 12:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
5.3 Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 8450 Triple-Core Processor
5.9 Memory (RAM): 4.00 GB
5.9 Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
5.9 Gaming Graphics: 2303 MB Total available graphics memory
5.9 Primary Hard Disk: 239GB Free (298GB Total)
Base Score: 5.3
My CPU has the lowest rating! I should've bought Phenom 9950 instead.
|Comment #31 by: SANJAY CHHABRIA on 26 Nov 2009, 08:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
MY LATEST GAMING RIG
VISTA ULTIMATE 64 BIT
AMD PHENOM X4 965 5.9
TRANS 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHZ 5.9
XFX RADEON 5770 5.9
GAMIN GRAPHICS 2750 MB 5.9
WD CG 500 GB 5.9
BASE SCORE 5.9 (100%) I CAN EXCEED THIS I M SURE
PHENOM X4 965 WORK AT ITS BEST WITH ASUS M4A78T-E OR M4A79T
XFX 5770 IS A VERY GOOD CARD NO NEED FOR 5870 OR 5970 FOR 2 YEARS ATLEAST LATER ALSO U CAN ADD ONE MORE 5770 CROSS FIRE BOTH
M SURE THEY WILL LAST ATLEAST 5 YEARS FROM TODAY
|Comment #32 by: [lolcatz] Gladiator on 28 Jan 2010, 07:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Specs are as follows:
Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor 7.4
Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB 7.5
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series 7.1
Gaming graphics 2431 MB Total available graphics memory 7.1
Primary hard disk 509GB Free (931GB Total) 5.9
This is running on the GA-785GPTM-UD3 motherboard. The RAM is corsair DDR3 1600Mhz. Graphics card is the 5870. I am looking at getting a solid state hard drive to push the rating to 7.
Keep on gaming....
|Comment #33 by: daniel on 20 Apr 2010, 06:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i've got 4.7 o_O''
AMD Athlon 64x2 dual core Processor 4400 + 2.30GHz
Nvidia GT 9400 1024mb silent series
windows vista service pack 2
think my processor is the problem and my ram too...need some advice
|Comment #34 by: nezo on 27 Apr 2010, 18:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My Rig Is A Packard bell Ipower.
i bought it very cheap and to start another build. i have
5.9 processor core2 quad q6600 2.4GHz
5.0 ram 2gig 800MHz budget ram (till i get some high speed corsair ram)
5.9 graphics nvidia GeForce 8600gts 512MB (till i buy 2 better and cross fire them)
5.6 gaming graphics
5.8 primary hard disk (not happy because the hard drive has a boot partition so cant change it out) when i finally do its going to be striped con fig.
its a good fast huge tower I've fitted asus silent knight 2 full copper CPU cooler, i recommend one as it cools the CPU 25% more than the huge cooler it had. its low heat, fast system I've never had a problem with this rig but vista can be slow and sluggish till you modify a few thing. it takes a wile but its well worth it.
|Comment #35 by: nezo on 07 May 2010, 22:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ive now got scores of
5.9 processor core2 quad q6600 2.4GHz
5.5 ram 2x 2gb 800mhz A-Data (Got Em Basicly Free. Yeah Crap But Aint Payin £100 For Ram Yet)
5.9 graphics 2x nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB (In SLi Mode)
5.9 gaming graphics (Because Of The SLi Config)
5.8 primary hard disk (i havent got round to doing this yet but will stripe as 2x 320gb sata2 hdd)
ive orderd my case stickers too so it will look better and be right with whats inside.
|Comment #36 by: demon on 09 Jun 2010, 12:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
processeur core2 quad Q6600 2,4ghz oc a 3ghz
ram 4go ddr3 1333 mhz
graphiques nvidia geforce 250gts 512mo
1 disque dur 300go sata 2
windows vista 32
en faite avec peut on a un bon scores
|Comment #36.1 by: nezo on 21 Jun 2010, 16:48 GMT|
how can you have a score of 5.9 ? the hard drive will not give you 5.9 unless your hard drive is 500gb plus! that is why i have a 5.8 on mine cos my hdd is 320gb. oh my base score is 5.7 now as i over clocked my system to 2.7ghz yeah can do it to 3ghz on the q6600 but its more stable and safer for the system.
|Comment #37 by: sparky on 22 Jun 2010, 17:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
There sure is a 5.9 as i`ve managed it. ie my pc consists of :
1 Amd phenom (tm) 9650 quad-core
2 ati radeon 5870 pcs+ graphics card
3 4gig ddrm
4 280 gig hd
5 antec 900 eu games case witch has 4xfans to keep it all cool.
This pc cost me approx £850 to build i would say it would cost £950 if you cant build it up yourself. I go on line gaming all the time and play such games as mod 4, L4D2, etc all these run off direct x, the buty of the graphics card i installed is that when the powers that be bring out better and more in depth and demanding games that will only play off direct 11 the card is compatible so in a sense somewhat future proof. I would of put more ddrm in but i want to stay on 32bit, if i put 6gig ddrm i would have to move over to 64 bit and i dont want that at this moment in time. ps i really should get a bigger hd but for now it will cope. hope this has bin some use to you thanks. sparky
|Comment #38 by: nezo on 18 Jul 2010, 17:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
my PC has 5.9 :)
5.9 q6600 processor
5.9 6GB 800MHz a-data ddr2 ram
5.9 graphics 2x 8600gts 256MB nvidia graphics cards in SLi
5.9 gaming graphics 2x 8600 256MB nvidia graphics cards in SLi
5.9 500GB primary hdd 500GB secondary hdd 160Gb third, i cloned my 320GB to a 500GB
my case is the Packard bell ipower with the blue theme it looks like the gigabyte 3d aurora case. i got a 600watt psu SLi with blue led cooler. i have cc lights, geil ram cooler , custom gpu cooler side blower, pci cooler blowing upward, north bridge cooler 40mm, CPU asus silent knight cooler fully copper and 1 way fan controller at the back for ram cooler, 4 way fan controller in floppy bay blue leds and 2x DVD re writer's one dual layer and one lightscribe. all fans light up blue and red my theme is fire and water.
|Comment #40 by: Jam on 21 Jul 2011, 13:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Vista Ultimate x64 - 5.9 Rating
5.9 CPU - AMD Phenom 955 BE 3.2Ghz
5.9 RAM - 8GB DDR2 Corsair (can't remember exactly what type)
5.9 Graphics - GTX285 OC 2GB
5.9 Hard Disk - SAMSUNG HD103 1TB
I'd love to see what I'd score on windows 7..
|Comment #41 by: Kan on 13 Jan 2012, 20:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I've had a 5.9 on my PC ever since I built it like 4 years ago lol. I had a friend order parts for me from Newegg. But occasionally I have bumps with Vista. Lol anyone ever try playing Second Life with everything maxed out? It almost killed my gpu (Nvidia GTS 250).
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