What's your Vista Windows Experience Index score?

Just over a week and a half ago I installed Windows Vista Ultimate RC1 on the newest of my desktop machines. Overall it's been a pleasurable experience, unlike some of the other DotNetNuke core team members have had!

So far Vista has worked out well with me for VS 2005, I even got a release out for DnnCart.com last week that was completely written on this VISTA box. 

I did realize a few things though. I NEEDED to get more RAM. Trying to run Photoshop and VIsual Studio 2k5, as well as a few RDP windows was very taxing on the box. The machine is a Dell, Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz dual core, RADEON X300/X550 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM), 149gig SATA drive. It had 768mb of RAM on it (a mix of 3200 and 4200. With those stats my Windows Experience Index has a base score of 2.0. The limiting number being the Graphics card.

Here's a shot of my score


This evening I installed 2 gigs of DDR2 4200 RAM, and so far it is flying! Hopefully tomorrow I'll be installing a nVidia GeForce 7900GS 256MB PCI-E x16 Video Card that I got off of www.Woot.com a few weeks back, this weekend I also ordered a Seagate 250GB SATA Hard Drive refurb off of woot. I've gotta pick up a DVI to VGA converter tomorrow so I can use the car, my 19" VGA just won't fit into the DVI plug! I ordered two off Tiger Direct last week, but of course I ordered the wrong ones. I figure once I install this new card my score should go up quite a bit! We'll see how it goes.

After I get the score up I'll have to look into getting another monitor up here as well, I'm itching to try my hand in a dual screen setup, though two 19" CRTs will sure take up a lot of deskspace!

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Recent Comments

4.5 on rc2 5744 on stock hp dv8380us. 2gb, core duo 1.83ghz, 2x 120gb hd
Posted By: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 9:35 AM
5.3 on RC2 2gb 7600 Core2duo 6600 2x seagate raid0 320gb home built
Posted By: Anonymous on Friday, December 15, 2006 4:08 PM
3.0 on a Mac Mini using Vista RTM (build 6000), although that's only because the built in Intel graphics - otherwise it would have been 4.4
Posted By: Anonymous on Thursday, December 28, 2006 6:27 PM
5.9 processor 5.9 mem 5.9 graphics 5.9 graphics mem 5.5 HD ---------------- 5.5 total score :) MacPro X1900 2GB ram Seagate 160GB(bootcamp drive)
Posted By: Anonymous on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 2:30 PM
5.3 Windows Vista Ultimate (final) With a 3 month old Dell Dimension 9200, Core 2 Dual 6600, 4Gb RAM, nVidia 7900 GS and a 30inch Dell monitor :-)
Posted By: Anonymous on Thursday, January 25, 2007 12:10 PM
5.3 Windows Vista Ultimate (Final) Core 2 Duo 6600 2Gb Kingston HyperX Nvidia 8800 GTX Seagate 320GB Perp Drive
Posted By: Anonymous on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 4:24 AM
3.1 windows vista business core 2 duo 2.0GHz 2GB ram Intel GMA 950 120GB HD Macbook :)
Posted By: Anonymous on Sunday, February 4, 2007 3:39 PM
5.5 Base Score Windows Vista Ultimate Intel X6800 Duo Core Extreme Processor Asus P5N32 - SLI SE Deluxe Motherboard 4 gigs. of Corsair low latency ram (2) 7900 Gt video cards, (of course, I can't enable SLI until Nvidia releases the Vista SLI drivers)
Posted By: Anonymous on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 10:39 AM
4.2 Base Score CPU: 4.2 RAM: 4.5 GPU: 4.7 Gaming GPU: 4.2 HDD: 5.2 _________________________________________ Dell Dimension 8300 (old 2003 model) 1GB of ram (4 sticks of Samsung 256MB DDR 3200) X1300 PRO ATI Radeon GPU with 256MB DDR2 2.8 HT Pentium 4 CPU 800FSB (Original CPU) 80GB Seagate SATA drive
Posted By: Anonymous on Thursday, April 12, 2007 2:17 PM
5.3 Base Score CPU: 5.3 RAM: 5.5 GPU: 5.9 Gaming GPU 5.9 HDD: 5.9 _______________________________ Intell Core 2 Duo 6600 Crucial Ballistix 2x 2048MB PC 8500 DDR2 1066Mhz EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB Western Digital 2x 500GB SATA in RAID 0 config
Posted By: Anonymous on Monday, June 11, 2007 6:09 PM
5.4 Base Score 5.4 Processor 5.9 Memory 5.9 Graphics 5.9 Gaming Graphics 5.9 Harddisc AMD X2 6000 3.0Ghz 4 x 1Gb DDR2 5300 INNO3D GeForce 8800 320Mb Western Digital 16Mb Cache 2 x 250Gb Raid 0 Damn Processor letting me down!
Posted By: Anonymous on Thursday, June 14, 2007 6:26 PM
try oc ing you 6000+ to 3.07 and then put it back at 3.00 and it will be 5.5 lol. Vista score sucks
Posted By: Anonymous on Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:29 AM
My score base is 5.2 Component Details Subscore Base score Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 5.2 5.2 Determined by lowest subscore Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB 5.9 Graphics Radeon X1950 Pro 5.9 Gaming graphics 1022 MB Total available graphics memory 5.8 Primary hard disk 6GB Free (21GB Total) 5.8 Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate Makes me wonder if i would got higher if i had amd x2 6000
Posted By: Anonymous on Sunday, July 1, 2007 12:24 AM
Base Score: 5.2 Processor: 5.5 (Core2 Duo E6600 overclocked to 2.61 GhZ - boosted from 5.3 when not overclocked) RAM: 5.9 (Kingston HyperX PC2 6400 2GB) Graphics: 5.9 (XFX GeForce 6800xt overclocked to 450MhZ) Gaming: 5.2 (same as above - boosted from 5.0 when not overclocked) Hard Drive: 5.9 (10,000 rpm 150 GB Western Digital)
Posted By: Anonymous on Saturday, July 28, 2007 5:45 PM
Base Score: 4.7 Processor: 4.9 (pentium 945 3.4ghz) Ram: 4.7 ( 2GB pc-5400) Grapiics: 5.9 (Palit GeForce 6800gts) Gaming: 5.5 Hard Drive: 5.3
Posted By: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:43 AM
Processor: Intel 2.8E --> 3.9 Memory: 2 x 256MB + 1 x 1GB, 400 MHz, Kingston Value Ram --> 4.4 VGA: MSI Geforce FX 5200, 128MB Graphics --> 5.2 Gaming Graphics --> 2.6 HDD: Maxtor 120GB SATA 7200 --> 5.2 **Motherboard: MSI 865PE Neo2-P Platinum Edition**
Posted By: Anonymous on Monday, September 24, 2007 4:33 PM
Overall Base Score = 5.6 Processor (2.4Ghz Q6600 Quad Core) = 5.9 RAM (4Gb, 667MHz SDRAM) =5.6 Graphics (performance for Aero) = 5.9 Gaming (Geforce 8600GT) =5.6 Hard Drive (250Mb 7200rpm) =5.8 I'm not sure why my Ram rating is low considering I'm maxed out on this machine. But I'm also sure I wouldn't notice any improvements if it was a better score.
Posted By: Anonymous on Monday, October 15, 2007 12:36 PM
Overall Base Score 5.6 Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.00Ghz - 5.7 Memory (3582MB DDR2 RAM) - 5.9 Graphics (ATI Radeon 2900XT) - 5.9 Gaming Graphics 5.9 Primary Hard Disk (320Gb 7200rpm) - 5.6 Its does what I need it to :)
Posted By: Anonymous on Saturday, November 3, 2007 9:36 AM
Overall Base Score 4.5 Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo) 4.8 Memory (2GB RAM) - 5.3 Graphics (nVidea 8500GT) - 4.5 Gaming Graphics 5.1 Primary Hard Disk (250GB 7200 rpm) - 5.5 This is a Max Data budget Core 2 Duo machine with Belinea widescreen monitor and an Inno3D nVidea add-on graphics card (motherboard is an Asus with integrated Intel graphics which only scored 3. something). OS is Vista Home Premium. It's a real nice machine to use day-to-day for anything and didn't cost much (bought it from eBuyer in UK early 2007).
Posted By: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 5:07 PM

I'm only a Journalism Student, so my PC isn't a flying masterpiece, but i'm pretty proud of it, considering how young I am. I'm Running Vista Ultimate and XP Professional Dual Boot with 17" Dual Screen and two 279 GB Drive's, 1 Rewriteable Lightscribe External DVD-Drive, 1 Internal, Standard DVD/CD Re-writable drive, Floppy Drive, 16 USB 2.0s. Also with Logitech 5.1 Z-5500 Sound System. Not bad for a UK Student living off his loan! :P Base Score = 4.4, but don't let that fool you! Processor = 4.9 Ram = 5.9 (2x1GB 667) Graphics = 4.4 (meh, shity old gforce 5 card, hopefully get a new one with next student loan :D) Gaming = 4.8 Primary Disk = 5.3

Posted By: Lee Smart on Monday, March 3, 2008 12:07 AM
Base Score: 5.2, Processor:5.2(AMD 4400 2.3GHZ Overclocked to 2.66GHZ), RAM: 5.9(4GB of PC2 6400 800MHZ), Graphics: 5.9(2x 8800GT in SLI), Gaming Graphics: 5.9 (2X 8800GT in SLI), Hard Disk: 5.9 (500 GB WD Cavliar 7200RPM)
Posted By: Corry Basler on Monday, June 2, 2008 12:48 AM
5.9 Score Across the Board 8 Gigs of OCZ Reaper RAM Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme Dual 150gig Raptor X HD's ASUS Striker Extreme Mobo Dual 8800 Ultra 768mb GPU's 1100W PSU Phillips DVD-RW Phillips BR-R+
Posted By: JD X on Monday, June 9, 2008 2:41 AM
JD X that's a little much, I got a 5.9 by adding a 512 radeon 4850, to my inspiron 530 with 2.5Gz Quad, and 800mz ram X 3 with stock WD HDD. BTW this system gets ~200fps in COD4. My 8800GT gets a 5.9 as well. Good luck modding
Posted By: mike someone on Monday, October 20, 2008 11:03 AM
BLUDS 5.9 5.9 5.6 5.5 640gb built in 1TB extra QUAD CORE 2 DUO 2.4ghz AMD ATI 2600 HD GRAPHICS CARD 4GB RAM SAFE GEEE'S
Posted By: wag1 blud on Saturday, November 8, 2008 7:19 PM
5.0 base score, 5.4 processor, 5.1 ram, 5.0 desktop performance for Windows Aero, 5.3 for business graphics, and hdd transfer rate. This is on an Asus M51SN Notebook
Posted By: Bob Evans on Monday, March 30, 2009 6:02 AM
5.5 base score Processor 7.3 q6600 OC Memory 5.5 2GB ddr3 1333 oc Graphics 5.9 & 5.9 on 9600gt and a 8600gt running 4 moniters hard disk 5.7 500GB westerdigital
Posted By: Gareth Tucker on Thursday, July 2, 2009 2:15 AM
5.9 Q6600 standard, 4GB OCZ 800mhz Platinum RAM, 500MB SATA HDD, GEFORCE 9800GT 1024DDR3, Antec 1200 w/ 7 fans (ooh yeah) Asus m/board (soon to be upgraded to P5Q deluxe so that the processor can hit 3.2GHZ. After that GTX 295 x 2 here I come. SHAMOOOWNN
Posted By: Lachlan Knox on Saturday, July 4, 2009 3:34 PM
Pentium 4 533MHz Northwood HT O'Ced to 3.2 GHz>> 4.3 G Skill DDR2 (PC4200) O'Ced to 557 MHz >> 4.3 EVGA NVidia GeForce GT240 >> 6.8 Gaming Graphics >> 6.8 WD Caviar Black 640GB >> 5.9
Posted By: Craig Bailey on Friday, December 11, 2009 7:04 PM
4.6 base score,6.2 2.13ghz core i3 5.9 4gb ram, 4.6 intel gma hd graphics, 5.1 gaming graphics, 5.9 500gb HD
Posted By: dan owen on Monday, June 21, 2010 12:30 PM
William Kistner AMD Dual Core X2 6400 score 5.5 Memory (RAM) 5.9 Desktop Performance w/Aero 5.9 sapphire Radeon 5670 HD 1024 MB 5.9 Primary HDD 5.9
Posted By: William Kistner on Sunday, November 21, 2010 7:58 AM
1.1, lol. still running on my Intel Pentium 4 processor. gotta love those single cores. I love single-tasking.
Posted By: Santa Claus on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 3:47 PM

The index score of the windows vista is more in than that of the Windows XP and others since the graphics of the windows vista is very different so you may feel a huge change in the index value.

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