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Graphics card makes windows experience rating worse


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#1 Farstanley

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:52 AM

I just built a new rig based on the AMD FX 6100 cpu and ASUS M5A88-M board and have discovered something odd.
The onboards graphics adapter ( Radeon HD 4250 ) gave an impressive all round windows experience mostly 6s & 7s but the aero rating was 4.8 so that was the official verdict.
Then I installed a Radeon HD 6450 card in order to boost it and the windows aero experience dropped, I say again, dropped to 4.3 and the gaming experience went up to 6 ish.
Since I don't do games I pulled it and got my aero experience rating of 4.8 again but it seems kind of pointless designing a card that would boost gaming potential at the expense of the aero effect and in this part of the world you don't get refunds so I was wondering if anyone knew how alter the ratio so that the aero experience gets a six at the expense of the gaming potential ?

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:02 PM

As my understanding AMD fx 6100 and a AMD based GPU will work in sync to better performance but I not sure.
Now I am using the same processor but a different GPU Nvida 550ti and I have this score of 7.3 over all

7.3
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Are you using the on board graphics or the physical card. because if uour using the on board one It will split up the allocation of the system memory to the GPU because It using the share memory from your ram.

If you using physical card your operating from VRAM from the chip Try to use the Physical GPU instead of the on board one and run the the test again to see if its rose up.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/windows-experience-index-rating-unusually-low-for/e570df96-3b90-4521-9d13-da1c8fd08883?msgId=93b5a1f8-7a50-42a0-bcb2-9381e633ecd8
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/what-is-the-windows-experience-index

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#3 Farstanley

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:51 PM

If you using physical card your operating from VRAM from the chip Try to use the Physical GPU instead of the on board one and run the the test again to see if its rose up.


I kind of expected the answer might be something like that but games and graphics are outside my experience, where do I find these settings ?

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:53 PM

The W.E.I is not a real good way to benchmark hardware, it only gives a very basic general idea and its not all that reliable. For Example, under the W.E.I a single 4890 will give a index rating of 7.6, but two of them in crossfire will only give a 7.5, yet the two in crossfire will outperform the single one. A better way to benchmark would be to use something like 3dmarks software or other benchmarking tools, and compare your hardware to other similar machines.

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