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Windows Experience Index
3-D video card, for example, there is software for that. If you are interested in
benchmarking your hard disk speeds, there is special software for that task as
well. Next, I go over three popular benchmarking applications. I start with the
built-in Windows Experience Index.
Windows Experience Index
Microsoft included this feature in Windows 8 to make it easier for consumers
to understand how powerful the combination of their hardware components
actually is. The performance rating application generates an overall score based
on the performance and features of your CPU, RAM, hard drive, and graphics
card. For example, my computer has been given a score of 5.1 (see Figure 12-13).
In addition to the overall score, you are also provided with individual component
scores called the Sub Rating. These scores give you a quick idea of the overall
performance of your computer compared to other configurations.
Figure 12-13: Windows Experience Index gives you a performance overview.
The exact method of scoring different hardware components is unknown, but
is based on support of different levels of features and the performance of your
hardware. For example, to get a score of 7.9, your hardware component must
support a specific set of features, and perform between certain levels.
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