I respectfully disagree. I don't know why Microsoft wouldn't comment, but I will.
The reason that your hard drive score is locked in at 5.9 is that, that's pretty
much the limit of a mechanical hard drive. These, in pretty short order, will
fall be the wayside as Intel brings in their solid state (SSD) drives, which scream
If you go making alterations or subsitutions in the scoring method, yes, I can
see how the scoring method could become arbitrary. If you leave it alone, it's
telling you that if you want a faster system, your hard drive is the bottleneck.
SSDs are pricey and not as large as disk drives, but they are available now
and will both raise your score and speed up your work.
On this point, the reason that WEI uses the lowest score and not an average
is that an average would mask your bottleneck, which is what you're trying to
address. Adding a faster graphics card or more RAM isn't going to address your
drive issue. Going by the lowest score is really smart if you're trying to offer
something helpful and not merely create a new form of bragging rights.
The system originally peaked at 5.9 and it goes up as the technology goes up.
I don't know what's convoluted or random about that. In fact, the WEI system
works well enough as a means of comparing machines that Best Buy seems
to be blocking it now, so that you can't access the feature on the demo machines
in their stores. At least that's what I've seen in the stores I've visited recently.
One thing WEI tells you immediately is whether or not the system you're looking
at has any significant graphics ability. Systems without cards come up way short
on WEI scores. In fact, just adding a card will bump your score from four-ish to 5.9
in most cases, assuming you have at least 4 gigs of RAM. In fact, thanks to a $99
graphics card addition, my next-lowest score is 6.8 after the 5.9 drive score. Which
means that SSD is definitely on my radar before I go beefing up anything else.
BTW, I found this thread looking to see what is recommended for Photoshop in terms
of a WEI score. Still loooking...
WEI is useless.
only benchmarking can tell the truth.
WEI score only benchmarks your OS harddrive My WEI score on my office system is 6.8 due to having an SSD OS
and the 6.8 is acutally my video card the OS drive is 7.3
i could have an high end ATI video card in there and get a high score on it and be useless for Adobe.
and trust me i would not want to edit on this system.
>>So I did the test again, but this time I did not use my Primary hard disk, but my video array
Harm, how did you do this? I can't find any way to make the test look at any drive other than the C: drive, as Scott says. Did you install the OS on your video array and then run the test this way?
At any rate, I've come to the same conclusion, that the WEI is largely useless and a test that more replicates the real world, such as the PPBM, is better for our purposes.
Wow. That's just scary. How do you know stuff like this?