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Windows Experience on W510

I toyed with the idea of using the SSD for my main drive, but I’d really like to get the VMs running quicker and in the end decided to use that as my secondary, as the location for the VHD and VDI files.

As a result, my Windows Experience Index is only 5.9, as shown below:

WindowsExperience_20110107

The reason? The disk transfer rate from my primary drive is the lowest score. If I had used the SSD, I’m sure I’d have a 6.4 score or better. I’m not 100% positive I have the best driver for video on my machine, but since I don’t game, and primarily write here, I won’t worry about it. The CPU and memory scores are pretty good.

I downloaded Geekbench as well, and ran that.



As a note, this is a Lenovo W510 that is about a year old. I upgraded to 16GB of RAM recently, but here are the specs I note:

  • Core i7 CPU Q720, 1.6GHz
  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB SATA 5400rpm drive
  • 80GB Intel SSD
Overall, it seems snappier. I'll get some VMs running and see how those perform.

Comments

Posted by Glenn Berry on 10 January 2011

Nice machine, Steve.  I would have used a good 7200rpm drive instead of the 5400rpm drive that probably came with the machine. I like the 500GB Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive that has a 4GB SSD along with a 32MB conventional cache.

Another alternative would to have gotten a 120GB Intel SSD or a 128GB Crucial SSD, and put the OS there, with plenty of room left over for some VHDs. Using a good SSD for the OS drive would have gotten your disk score in the high 7 range.

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