Its 10:20 in Colorado. My wife is in the hospital so I brought in Chinese and we had dinner together. It was a nice quiet evening and I wheeled her outside for a change of scenery and for some fresh air.
Some hospital administrator screwed up, she was supposed to come home today, even had her dressed, prescriptions in hand, and walking papers signed and they stopped her and told her she couldn't leave. Gotta say, she was in great spirits though.
It is a sad New Years Eve around our house, lol, wife playing dance central on the Kinect and I am reading forums, It is even the wife's Birthday today but we decided to spend this year at home. We are in Edmonton only 10:30pm here, still 90 mins till 2012.
Happy New Year to all of you more or less doing the same thing as us..
A few things I've noticed about maximising your WEI score:
For your SSD, check two things: if you have more than one SATA controller on your motherboard, try them all. My OCZ Vertex 2E scores 7.6 on one SATA2 controller and just 6.9 on the other. It would seem not every controller can maximise the performance of the disk. The second thing is make sure you've installed all the appropriate drivers for that controller, rather than just sticking with the default ones that install (and do work) when you load up Windows 7. Again, doing that added a few points to my score.
If you have an AMD graphics card, make sure you go into CCC and set all the gaming options to maximum. If you don't, WEI won't override the current settings when it does its tests, and your card will be throttled. This is the exact reason why so many AMD cards initially only score 6.0 - it's an artificial cap.
With the memory score, there are loads of artificial caps on the amount of memory you have. I believe 8GB is the first true point where that is no longer a factor and it's just done on bandwidth available. Triple channel memory at 1,333MHz seems to max that out. I could go higher (my memory is rated up to 2,000MHz), but that does something strange to my Asus Xonar soundcard.
Again, it also seems that in my i7 Socket 1366 setup, ramping up the memory improves the CPU score. When I max out my memory speed, my CPU shoots up to 7.8. Just a shame it renders my sound unlistenable!