Windows 7 "Performance Information and Tools" a gimmick?

  compumac 22:46 22 Jul 11
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In Windows 7 there is a "Performance Information and Tools" that gives scores for the Processor, Memory, Graphics, Gaming Graphics and Primary hard disk. They are given ratings from 1.0 to 9.0 and a base score is reliant on the lowest subscore. Does this give a true picture as to the actual capability of the PC, or is it just a gimmick? I had not been aware of this until this evening.

  Secret-Squirrel 08:53 23 Jul 11

"Does this give a true picture as to the actual capability of the PC, or is it just a gimmick?"

If you click the little link on that page that says "Re-run the assessment" you'll see each how each hardware component is tested. So, no, I don't think it's a gimmick as it has its uses. One scenario is if you're in a shop looking for a new computer, you've got your eye on three different models but aren't sure which one's the most powerful - Win 7's Performance Index should be able to help you make that decision.

It's also a useful tool in showing you which hardware components are slowing down the PC's overall performance - with that info you may want to upgrade the PC with faster RAM, or a faster hard drive etc.

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