Originally Posted by LCP1
I think you are on Vista, the Windows Experience Index is on a different scale and maxed out at 5.9. I have a friend with a Q9300 (2.5GHz) on the same board and he got 7.2 on both CPU and memory. Win7 WEI maxes out at 7.9 full scale. Your Q9550 should run circles around 99.8% of the other Core 2 series CPUs.
As for the 3D Graphics, I believe the display driver plays an important role, I am on version 2102 when I took the WEI rating, my friend with the Q9300 got a low rating also (only 3.7 with version 1995) until he upgraded to version 2104 and got a 4.9. Quite surprising if you ask me...
My friend had a 4.6 too for the Aero graphics. I think my 4.8 rating could be due to the slight overclocking (416.7MHz) on the RAM which may have resulted in the northbridge G45 being clocked at 833MHz.
Very perceptive, yes I am running Vista right now. I should have grabbed the 'Family upgrade 3-pack for W7' when I saw it at Cosco a few months back it was a deal somthing like $125 to upgrade 3 licenses... looks like it would have sped things up a bit.
Thanks for the detailed reply, great to hear the meat of the comparison, without it they are just numbers! Below is where I am at, so you recommend an upgrade to the drivers?Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver Report
Report Date: 4/28/2010
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 8:38:48
Driver Version: 220.127.116.111
Operating System: Vista Service Pack 2(6.0.6002)
Default Language: English (Canada)
DirectX* Version: 10.0
Physical Memory: 3035 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 32 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 1294 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 102 MB
Processor: x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 7
Processor Speed: 2833 MHz
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 2E22
Device Revision: 03* Accelerator Information *
Accelerator in Use: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset
Video BIOS: 1688.0
Current Graphics Mode: 1920 by 1080