vista base line score

i got vista ultimate on my pc on my base line score is 4.5, was wondering what this rating was out of? ie; out of ten?

looks like the base line score is scored from the lowest subscore and mine being my processor ( 4.5 ) as my graphics card among other things show up as a higher score, i was just wondering what this score means and if 4.5 any good? thanks!

i got a 3.2 ghz pentium 4 processor
x800 xt radeon graphics card
1.5gb ram
160gb hardrive

the processor shows up on the pc as 2 processors but its not dual core or anything wondered if any else ever had this?

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Im not quite sure what its out of but I dont think ive seen higher than a 5.9 on some of the £1000plus computers in the shops.

It's out of 5, mine is 4.7 so


About your computer's base score
The base score represents the overall performance of your system as a whole, based on the capabilities of different parts of your computer, including random access memory (RAM), central processing unit (CPU), hard disk, general graphics performance on the desktop, and 3‑D graphics capability.

Here are general descriptions of the kind of experience you can expect from a computer that receives the following base scores:

A computer with a base score of 1 or 2 usually has sufficient performance to do most general computing tasks, such as run office productivity applications and search the Internet. However, a computer with this base score is generally not powerful enough to run Windows Aero, or the advanced multimedia experiences that are available with Windows Vista.

A computer with a base score of 3 is able to run Windows Aero and many new features of Windows Vista at a basic level. Some of the new Windows Vista advanced features might not have all of their functionality available. For example, a machine with a base score of 3 can display the Windows Vista theme at a resolution of 1280 × 1024, but might struggle to run the theme on multiple monitors. Or, it can play digital TV content but might struggle to play High Definition Television (HDTV) content.

A computer with a base score of 4 or 5 is able to run all new features of Windows Vista with full functionality, and it is able to support high-end, graphics-intensive experiences, such as multiplayer and 3‑D gaming and recording and playback of HDTV content. Computers with a base score of 5 were the highest performing computers available when Windows Vista was released.

The Windows Experience Index is designed to accommodate advances in computer technology. As hardware speed and performance improves, higher base scores will be introduced. However, the standards for each level of the index stay the same. For example, a computer scored as a 2.8 should remain a 2.8 unless you decide to upgrade the computer's hardware.

If a particular program or Windows Vista experience requires a higher score than your base score, you can upgrade your hardware to meet the necessary base score. If you install new hardware and want to see if you score has changed, click Update my score. To view details about the hardware on your computer, click View and print details.

About your computer's subscore
The subscores are the result of tests run on the RAM, CPU, hard disk, general desktop graphics, and 3‑D gaming graphics hardware components of your computer. If your base score is not sufficient for a program or Windows Vista experience, you can use the subscores to help you figure out which components you need to upgrade.

The base score is a good indicator of how your computer will perform generally. The subscores can help you understand your computer's level of performance for specific experiences:

Office productivity. If you use your computer almost exclusively for office productivity experiences, such as word processing, spreadsheets, e‑mail, and web browsing, then high subscores in the CPU and memory categories are important. Subscores of 2.0 or higher are usually sufficient in the hard disk, desktop graphics, and 3‑D graphics categories.

Gaming and graphic-intensive programs. If you use your computer for games or programs that are graphic-intensive, such as digital video editing applications or realistic first-person games, then high subscores in the RAM, desktop graphics, and 3‑D gaming graphics categories are important. Subscores of 3.0 or higher are usually sufficient in the CPU and hard disk categories.

Media Center experience. If you use your computer as a media center for advanced multimedia experiences such as recording HDTV programming, then high subscores in the CPU, hard disk, and desktop graphics categories are important. Subscores of 3.0 or higher are usually sufficient in the memory and 3‑D graphics categories.

Original Poster

yeah but my score on my graphics card has a 5.9 next to it, so it has to be more than out of 5?

it cant be out of 5. my laptop has 5.9 for memory.

Original Poster

anyone got over a 6 for a subscore on a piece of hardware? only ask as ive never seen a score of 6 yet?

It is a moveable feast - current systems are topped out at 5.9 but future PCs will have higher values available. SO a 4.3 stays as a 4.3, but the new hardware would fit in the same scale.

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obviously future hardware that is faster etc will have a higher score!!

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obviously future hardware that is faster etc will have a higher score!!



True, was out of 5 when Vista was released :whistling:

Computers with a base score of 5 were the highest performing computers … Computers with a base score of 5 were the highest performing computers available when Windows Vista was released.

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