WEI – Windows experience index

Posted on 19 July 2011   pages

For all new PC users in Windows 7, you have a rating scale for your computer. It’s called WEI rating or Windows experience index. It is based on the lowest sub score which in my opinion, stinks. I like to work on computers and I also like to tweak them to get the most of it.  I am definitely not a pro, but I have spent hours and hours trying to get the 7.9 rating my computer deserves.

My computer

My computer

Here is a list of some of the hardware that I have:

  • CPU – i7 Quad core 260 running @ 4155 MHZ – This is air cooled
  • Motherboard – ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Memory – 2x Patriot Viper Xtreme 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) –  Total of 24.576 GB of memory
  • Graphics – 2x XFX GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 – In SLI mode
  • My Motherboard info

    My Motherboard info

    HDD – 1x OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) – My OS Drive for Windows 7 64bit SP1

  • SATA III – Rosewill RC-225 PCI-Express 2.0 low profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card – Thinking about getting another or switching to ICH10R onboard
  • Power – KINGWIN Mach  1000W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Games – Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – For Games. This use to be my OS drive
  • My memory info

    My memory info

    Storage – 2x Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s  – I set these in RAID 1 for redundancy for my work files.

  • Backup – 2x Fantom Drives GreenDrive Pro 2TB eSATA External Hard Drive – These are for housing any archive data as well as stored images



CPU-Z- showing my overclocked CPU

I forget to snap a picture , but I am now at 4155MHZ

aiTweaker Settings

aiTweaker Settings

DRAM timing settings

DRAM timing settings

 

 

 

 

 

DRAM timing settings

DRAM timing settingsDRAM timing settings

 

 

 

 

I have set the BIOS in the AI Tweaker section to the X.M.P. settings stored on the ram. I didn’t use  X.M.P., instead I used manual. I also set all voltages to auto, because I enabled the Intel Speedstep and Turbo mode control to make sure my computer stayed energy efficient. I set the BLCK setting to 195 which of course automatically set my DRAM to 1563 MHZ. By doing this I was able to achieve the 7.9 WEI  rating for memory.

 

I bought my SSD, because I didn’t want to have any lag time. I did a lot of research on what was the best drive. The Vertex 3 series had what I wanted but I needed a SATA III controller, since my P6T motherboard did not have any. I went ahead and got the Rosewill rc-225 controller card not realizing all the issues that came with it. It uses the Marvell 91xx driver, which is terrible. On the boot screen, It shows it stuck in IDE mode. I tried for hours trying to update the firmware to the .1701, but it failed every time. I had to re-install the .1407 firmware , found here, and it put me in IDE mode.  Also, I am told that the Marvell driver does not support Trim which could cause the drive to slow down over time. I finally decided to RMA the card back. The Intel ICH10R supports trim and the overall performance is almost the same. The SATA 2 ICH10R has better write speeds and that’s more important.

Marvell 91xx Stuck in IDE mode

Marvell 91xx Stuck in IDE mode 

My AS SSD score using Marvell 9128 SATA 3

My AS SSD score using Marvell 9128 SATA 3

My AS SSD score using onboard SATA II ICH10R

My AS SSD score using onboard SATA II ICH10R

 

 

 

 

 

I had some issues installing the SSD. I had a clean Windows 7 64bit SP1 installed on my VelociRaptor(Defragged and Disk checked) drive with all my programs. I surely did NOT want to re-install everything. At first I used the EasyUS copy software. It did a great job until I ran AS SSD and found out 1.7gb of BAD. This bad means the SSD is not aligned. This was new to me, so I researched it. I found out that a miss-aligned SSD will slow down the drive (This is true because my AS SSD scores were at 150mb read and 75mb write). It could also cause the drive to fail. I then used another copy HDD program found on UBCD and it reduced the BAD ot 17MB, which is still not good. I finally did some more research and found Paragon Suite 2011 automatically fixed alignment issues when copying (Cloning) a SSD drive. I cloned my SSD again and I finally got it to align right. I then made a restore image using the Paragon program, as well as, created  a windows image once I successfully booted. I had to run the Win7 rescue CD to fix the boot record. I also cloned the SSD while plugged into the SATA III controller.

GPU's Running in SLI mode

GPU’s Running in SLI mode

Once I booted into windows I ran the WEI  again. My drive only scored 7.7. I knew my SSD was better than that. I did some more research and tweaked the OS a little. I turned off indexing for the SSD and tried to enable Trim. Trim is probably not working due to the crappy Marvell driver and IDE mode the card is stuck in. Anyway, I finally reached a 7.9 once I disabled indexing on the drive. I am not sure if this matters, but I also changed my page file to 1000MB min and 10000MB max.

My 260 GTX graphics cards are in SLI mode and that really did it  for the 7.9 WEI  score. I did boost the cards by tweaking the profile .nsu files found in the geforce ntune folder. I use the settings below whenever I play games. I do wish, however, I had waited to get the new GeForce cards that supported DirectX11. Bummer:(

Here are my settings for the profile .nsu in nTune.

My GPU settings gadget

My GPU settings gadget

[GPUSettings]
GPUCOUNT=2
GPUNAME0=GeForce GTX 260
GPUNAMEINDEX0=0
GPUCOREMHZ0=700
GPUMEMMHZ0=1161
GPUCOREMHZMIN0=144
GPUMEMMHZMIN0=250
GPUCOREMHZMAX0=1152
GPUMEMMHZMAX0=1680
GPUSHADERMHZ0=1458
GPUSHADERMHZMIN0=310
GPUSHADERMHZMAX0=2484
GPUFANSUPPORT0=1
GPUFANMODE0=1
GPUFAN3D0=100
GPUFAN3DMIN0=30
GPUFAN3DMAX0=100
GPUNAME1=GeForce GTX 260
GPUNAMEINDEX1=1
GPUCOREMHZ1=700
GPUMEMMHZ1=1161
GPUCOREMHZMIN1=144
GPUMEMMHZMIN1=250
GPUCOREMHZMAX1=1152
GPUMEMMHZMAX1=1680
GPUSHADERMHZ1=1458
GPUSHADERMHZMIN1=310
GPUSHADERMHZMAX1=2484
GPUFANSUPPORT1=1
GPUFANMODE1=1
GPUFAN3D1=100
GPUFAN3DMIN1=30
GPUFAN3DMAX1=100

The last thing on the WEI  is the CPU score. Mine is a measly 7.7. I overclocked the crap out of my CPU and only got a 7.7 (See picture above). I can’t get any higher than 4 GHZ due to my computer only being air cooled, but man, how much does WEI  want you to overclock to achieve a 7.9? I mean, does microsoft want you to overclock? They don’t sell anything standard that would get a 7.9. Please tell me if I am wrong. I would appreciate anyone with the same processor to let me in on some tweaks or to let me know if a 7.9 is possible at 4GHZ speed. Maybe I need to enable something in the bios or something in the registry. Does anyone, who has a similar set up, have a 7.9 CPU score? I would appreciate any comments on this. Hopefully this post will help you get 4 out 5 WEI  scores!

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