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Thought I put together a nice system, WEI and pcmark7 don't agee

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February 2, 2013 2:12:51 PM

Hi everyone,

I'd really appreciate someone point me in the right direction about this. I spend considerable money on getting a powerful PC, had pcspecialists.co.uk build it for me and it seems to work pretty well although it has crashed a few times and the HDD has not shown up a few times.

Windows 8 WEI gave me a 4.5, I updated video drivers and it's now 4.4. :heink: 

PCmark7 gave me a paltry 2459 - I did not need a powerful graphics card as I am not a gamer.

Here are my specs:

Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770 (3.4GHz) 8MB Cache
ASUS® P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX
16GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (4 X 4GB)
1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT 620 -
2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 64MB CACHE
20GB INTEL® SSD 313 SERIES - SLC CACHE DRIVE FOR SYSTEM / 1st HDD

I really thought with SSD, a i7 quad core and 16 gigs or ram I would be able to blast through these benchmarks. What gives? This really is a slap in the face after spending considerable cash.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, cheers.

Apologies if I posted in the wrong place - been lurking here for a long time, first post.
February 2, 2013 2:20:21 PM

hello... PASSMark on the GT 620=436 its pretty much a Wordprocessor Card... Your CPU/GPU has a rating of 471... Do you have time to return your Videocard? And just use your CPU/GPU for your needs?

Yes... you have some fine very fast components... But theses tests are system tests...and will help people identify weaker components in their computers, and Upgrade, if they so decide too. You have a great numbers "Cruncher", BUT, You don't have a Great Graphics " MUNCHER"... And thats OK.
February 2, 2013 2:24:41 PM

Thanks for the reply. So are these benchmarks heavily influenced by graphics cards? Is there a benchmark to make me feel like I put together a decent non-gaming pc? I feel like I should be scoring a much higher WEI...
February 2, 2013 2:29:06 PM

WEI is an all round benchmark. Your lowest scoring area on WEI = your total score.

You could have the maximum 7.9 for everything else but if your graphics are scored as 4.4 then your WEI is 4.4

Obviously your graphics are letting you down but as you said, you are not a gamer and don't need them.

It doesn't mean your machine is rubbish :p 
February 2, 2013 2:34:28 PM

The GT 620 is not a strong card by any means, and since WEI goes by your lowest rating its either your video or the HDD being a hybrid instead of o true SSD your data xfer rating is probably low. Since your not a gamer you should be fine nut i would have made sure they didnt put a locked CPU, and weak GPU in there. Also having a 256GB SSD + the 2 TB HDD instead of a 20 gig intel slc that basically only works as a 20 gig cache for the 2 TB drive.
February 2, 2013 2:37:44 PM

Oh that clears it up, thanks! Yeah, my first two WEI number for RAM and processor are actually 8s!

My HDD is a 5.9. Maybe it doesn't look at the SSD. I really got it on advice from friends but I haven't really noticed it making that big of an impact.
February 2, 2013 2:45:22 PM

it probably doesnt look at HDD because of cache.

ur video card is near equal to the i7's integrated HD 4000. i would get my money back for video card and use the integrated.
otherwise, return the card and upgrade the card. 650 ti or better.
February 2, 2013 2:45:35 PM

Hello... everyone with a standard Platter harddrive gets a 5.9 WEI... as a total lowest score, when Windows 7 first started this test.
February 2, 2013 2:49:23 PM

3419651 said:
Oh that clears it up, thanks! Yeah, my first two WEI number for RAM and processor are actually 8s!

My HDD is a 5.9. Maybe it doesn't look at the SSD. I really got it on advice from friends but I haven't really noticed it making that big of an impact.

a SSD used as cache to a HDD will help with HDD performance but will be much slower than directly using a SSD to hold your OS.

for example a SSD cache may make your HDD run twice as fast but that would still be say 5 times slower that a SSD would run.
February 21, 2013 4:37:31 PM

The following hardware gets a WEI of 6.5 for graphics with the HD 4000 onboard video.

The SSD makes a massive difference, 20GB is not big enough for the OS, installed software and swap. This setup with Win7 gives me an 18 second boot.

Intel Core i7 3770 (3.40Ghz/8MB/Quad Core)
16GB Corsair DD3 Vengeance LP Performance (4 x 4GB 1600Mhz)
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H, Intel Z77 Chipset, Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Crucial 128GB SSD, M4, SATAIII
3TB WD Green

WEI: 6.5
Processor: 7.7
Memory: 7.8
Graphics: 6.5
Gaming Graphics: 6.5
Primary Disk: 7.9


evan1715 said:
it probably doesnt look at HDD because of cache.

ur video card is near equal to the i7's integrated HD 4000. i would get my money back for video card and use the integrated.
otherwise, return the card and upgrade the card. 650 ti or better.

!