The Windows Experience Index is a tool found on the system properties window that determines the performance of your computer's hardware by running tests on them. The values are set on a scale with a maximum of 7.9 on Windows 7. The base score is determined by the system's bottleneck score.

Since Windows 8, the scale ranges up to 9.9, changing your old score on the same system. This is why your computer may score worse with a Windows 8 system than with your old Windows 7 system. My score went from 4.6 to 4.2 from Windows 7 Enterprise to Windows 8 CP with the same hardware installed:

Windows 7 Enterprise:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows Experience Index scale changes on Windows 8
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  • June 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm
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    well you are lucky cause mine went from 5.1 to 1 ! just bloody 1.0! can you believe it!?

    sys: 6g bddr3 ram, intel i3, win8, ATI HD5470

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  • August 8, 2012 at 10:28 am
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    You are all lucky. Mine cannot even be calculated! They say I do not have the required “multi-media support to run the requested assessment”! Plain fck ’em!

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  • September 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm
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    Mine just said it couldn’t calculate it–no reason given.

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  • September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm
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    If the scale increased to 9.9, the score should increase as well, otherwise the new score is completely different to the old one.

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    • September 12, 2012 at 2:05 am
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      I guess the scale was changed to fit a rounder number (9.9), along with the steps that were taken forward in technology since the last scaling system was invented it does make sense

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  • October 10, 2012 at 10:42 am
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    My SSD stayed at 7.9, my graphics stayed at 7.3, but my processor went up to 8.1

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  • October 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm
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    On Windows 7 Ultimate my scores were as follows:
    Processor: 7.7
    Memory (RAM): 7.7
    Graphics: 7.9
    Gaming graphics: 7.9
    Primary hard disk: 7.9

    On Windows 8 Pro:
    Processor: 8.0
    Memory (RAM): 8.0
    Graphics: 6.8
    Gaming graphics: 6.8
    Primary hard disk: 7.8

    My specs were exactly the same during both tests and the Windows 7 test was performed the same day I ran the the upgrade to Windows 8. The windows 7 score was the same on a clean install as it was priorr to the upgrade and the Windows 8 install is also fresh with the HDD and SSD being formatted before install.

    Specs:
    Processor: Intel i7 3770 @ 3.4ghz
    RAM: 8GB 1333mhz DDR3
    GPU: 2 x GTX 670 (2GB each)
    SSD (System drive): OCZ Agility 3 128 GB
    HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint 7200 RPM

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    • October 30, 2012 at 2:44 am
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      Most likely, the Windows 8 nVidia drivers are not fully functional yet, or were not properly installed, or something like that. Your GTX670s should be scoring over 8.

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  • November 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm
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    I did a clean install of Windows 2008 Enterprise 64bit.

    I have 2 Nvidia 670 FTW’s in SLI. I have a score of 6.9 for Graphics and Gaming Graphics.

    In my dual boot Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, my score is 7.9 for my graphics.

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  • November 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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    Quite odd. I have a single GTS 450 1GB on my system. My WEI score was 7.2 on Windows 7. It dropped to 7.1 on Windows 8.

    Are you using current NVIDIA Drivers?

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  • November 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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    i have a single gtx 670 FTW+ 4GB by EVGA and it shows scores of 8.1. i would think 2 of them are pushing in the 9’s easily….

    i think you guys need to re-run it and make sure your drivers are up to date.. even using the beta graphics driver might improve it.

    my scores
    cpu :7.9
    ram: 7.9
    gfx: 8.1
    hdd: 6.8(first gen ssd on a sata2 controller in ahci mode)

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  • November 8, 2012 at 7:13 am
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    Just for comparison running I7 IVy with GTX 660ti and 16 Gb Ram and a ssd on an ASUS z77 1155 vPro

    Windows 8 Experience

    CPU 8.0
    RAM 8.0
    Graphics 7.9
    HDD 8.1

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  • November 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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    Assembled my machine today, with Windows 8, Got WEI Score of 7.9

    CPU : Intel Xeon E3-1240 V2 (IvyBridge) [3.4Ghz – 3.9Ghz] – 7.9
    RAM : G-Skill Ripjaws 8 GB [DDR3 1333Mhz, I tried at 1600Mhz via OC but WEI throws some red error and not able to generate score] – 7.9
    Graphics – Radeon HD 7870 – 8.0
    Gaming Graphics – Radeon HD 7870 – 8.0
    HDD – OCZ 128 GB SSD – 8.1

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  • November 13, 2012 at 6:42 am
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    Windows Expereince Index is a completely fucked up thing…….despite the fact having a beast of a card like gtx 680, my gpu score is 8.0……it should’ve been at least 9.0……

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  • November 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm
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    My GTX 690 is scoring 6.7 in both graphics tests. Yeah, right.

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  • November 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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    With my rig I get 8.0 on cpu and Ram, and 8.1 on Gaming graphic, Graphics and HD

    Rig is
    3570K @ 4.4GHz,
    24gb DDR3 @ 1600MHZ
    WC 7970 @ 1050 MHZ
    and a Vertex 4 with an Agility 3 in Raid 0

    Wonder what it takes to break 8.5?

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  • November 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm
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    I got 7.6 today but 7.7 yesterday. Is that normal?

    CPU 8 Intel i7 3770 @ 3.4ghz on a ASUS z77 motherboard
    RAM 8 16 gigs of 1600 ddr3
    Graphics 8.2 overclocked 670 gtx
    Hard disk is now 7.6. Its a vertex 4 OCZ 128 SSD

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  • November 24, 2012 at 3:58 am
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    Lol, this is Windows 8 folks, not Windows 7, or xp. WEI always had the capability for a 9.9, you just needed over 5.5ghz to actually get a perfect CPU score to have a 9.9.

    Build something really nice pushing 6ghz and SLI 690’s or equivalent and it’ll probably get there. Hardware is progressing, it would be stupid for them to keep the same standards they did years ago for the WEI.

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    • November 24, 2012 at 4:02 am
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      Ahh, nevermind it was 7.9 they did change it, hmm. sorry folk. πŸ™‚

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  • December 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm
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    CPU 8.5 Intel i7 3930K
    RAM 8.5 G.Skill 16GB DDR3 1866
    Graphics 8.0 Radeon HD7870
    Gaming graphics 8.0 Radeon HD7870
    HDD 5.9 – not SSD, going to SSD now πŸ™‚

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  • December 24, 2012 at 1:39 am
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    I was wondering how much my newly built system should score so I started looking up comparative charts and I bumped into this sight …

    First the h/w brief specs

    – CPU : i7 3770k
    – m/b – z77pro extreme 4
    – Ram – 16GB HyperX blue 1600 Mhz – CL10
    – GPU – gtx 670 2GB GDDR5

    Calculations per second 8
    Memory operations per second 8
    desktop gfx performance : 8.1
    3d gaming gfx performance : 8.1
    Disk data transfer : 8.1

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  • February 3, 2013 at 1:26 am
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    Done my WEI

    Processor AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor 8.1 (Win 8 Thinks this is using Hyper threading or something.. saying it as 4 cores and 8 logical processors -.-“)
    Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB 8.1
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 8.1
    Gaming graphics 4095 MB Total available graphics memory 8.1
    Primary hard disk 65GB Free (112GB Total) 7.9

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  • February 12, 2013 at 6:10 am
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    Processor – 8.2 2600k o/c to 4.8ghz hydro
    ram – 8.2 – 8gb @ 2133
    Graphics – 8.0 gtx 570 o/c ( clock 1941 / shader 1702 / core 851)
    Primary Hard Disk – 7.8 – OCZ Agility 3 SSD

    Would like to see what would better systems would get.

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  • February 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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    With the new WEI you need to take into account that it (WEI) takes into account all of the latest and greatest advancements in computer production, and I mean all the latest and greatest. If you have a monster GTX 650 or 660 or 670 it will not score as high as those that are SLI or Crossfire ready like the GTX 650i, GTX 660i and 670i. It knows that 2 is better then 1. Also windows 8 WEI now takes into account Overclocking ratios and adjustments, incorporates that into its new methodology. (sorry for lack there of Citations and Links)

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  • March 24, 2013 at 3:38 am
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    Mine are weird too
    AMD Phenom ii x4 3.01GHz = 7.3
    8gb Gskill g2 = 7.3
    GTX 295 = 6.7
    GTX 295 = 6.7
    G3 SSD = 7.1
    Whats up with my GTX 295? it got a 7.8 in windows 7…
    I have the latest nvidia Drivers and already installed all the updates

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  • March 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm
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    HP Phoenix with Windows 8 64 bit – Intel I7-3770 (3.40 GHz) 8.0
    RAM 12 GB 8.0
    Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7670 7.0
    Gaming Graphics 6881 MB total memory 7.0
    Primary Hard drive 1,843GB (7,200 rpm) 5.9
    Total score is 5.9
    HP Phoenix at Costco 2 day sale on-online $913.50
    With 2 year virus SW. $30 shipping.
    Has 700 Watt Power Supply.
    Looks like a SSD or more RAM might improve rating?

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  • April 28, 2013 at 3:46 am
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    my windows 8 32bit scores are-

    ram – 3gb ddr2 800 mhz – 6.6

    processor – intel pentium dualcore e5500 o.c. 3.34 ghz – 6.6

    graphics – asus silent 210 1gb ddr3 – 4.4 (on old 285.62 driver)

    gaming grahics – asus silent 210 1gb ddr3 – 5.6 (on old 285.62 driver)

    hdd – 500 gb hitachi hdd – 5.9

    all the score were the same on windows 7 but

    gaming graphics were 4.5 (now 4.4)

    and graphics were 5.7 (now 5.6)

    this maybe due to old drivers

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  • May 2, 2013 at 10:00 am
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    My Windows 8 64bit scores are-
    Processor: 8.0
    Memory (RAM): 8.0
    Graphics: 8.2
    Gaming Graphics: 8.2
    Primary hard disk: 8.1

    My specs are-
    i7 3770k @ 3.5ghz
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance Memory @ 1600mhz
    GTX 680 4 GB
    Samsung SSD 840 pro

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  • May 10, 2013 at 7:54 am
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    8.8 on my 3930k at 5ghz
    8.8 for 16gb ddr 1600 9.9.9.27
    8.1 GTX 670
    8.1 GTX 670
    7.4 840 pro 256 that is over half full and use quite awhile. It was 8.2 or so new.

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  • June 16, 2013 at 4:26 am
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    I think mine was 7.7 in windows 7 in win 8 pro its is 9.1

    Processor: Intel i7 3880 @ 3.8ghz 9.5
    RAM: 24GB 1333mhz DDR5 9.7
    GPU: 2 x GTX 970 (3GB each) 9.9
    SSD (System drive): OCZ Agility 3 128 GB 9.1
    SSD: 980GB barracuda XLI 600 9.5

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    • July 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm
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      Processor: Intel i7 3880 @ 3.8ghz 9.5 – lie
      RAM: 24GB 1333mhz DDR5 9.7 – lie
      GPU: 2 x GTX 970 (3GB each) 9.9 – lie (and you don’t even know your card! GTX 970 does not exist yet)
      SSD (System drive): OCZ Agility 3 128 GB 9.1 – lie
      SSD: 980GB barracuda XLI 600 9.5 – definatly a lie! 980GB ssd must be the most expensive part of your rig!

      Why do you even comment this?

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      • July 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm
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        Sorry misspelled “definitely” πŸ™‚

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  • June 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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    waycool6 – what is the GTX 970 graphics card you say you have? I can’t find any information about it. I guess money isn’t a big issue for you with that system πŸ™‚

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  • July 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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    Windows 8

    Processor: Intel i7-3930K @ 3,20Ghz (hexa core) stock – 8.4
    RAM: 31,94 GB., 2400MHz (4×8) CL10 ( 10-12-12-31 ) – 8.4
    GPU: EVGA GTX 690 – 4GB GDDR5 – 8.2
    Primary drive: SSD Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB – 8.1

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  • August 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm
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    Windows 8.1 RTM seems to drop the user experience rating system all together, can’t see it anymore, unless it’s been moved.

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  • January 12, 2014 at 3:52 am
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    HP Phoenix with Windows 8 64 bit – Intel I7-3770 (3.40 GHz) 8.0
    RAM 12 GB 8.0
    Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7670 7.0
    Gaming Graphics 6881 MB total memory 7.0
    Primary Hard drive 1,843GB (7,200 rpm) 5.9
    Total score is 5.9
    HP Phoenix at Costco 2 day sale on-online $913.50
    With 2 year virus SW. $30 shipping.
    Has 700 Watt Power Supply.
    Looks like a SSD or more RAM might improve rating?

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    • April 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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      for some 7200rpm mechanical drives i hav seen score of 6.1 but in most cases, including mine its 5.9…an SSD can surely cross the 8point mark for sure

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  • April 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm
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    i own a dell 3537 with inter i54200u 1.6-2.29Ghz… 1TB HDD (5600) rpm… 1600mhz DDR3 ram of 6gb…AMD 8670 2GB dedicated graphics….i run win 8 64bit…

    i hav an windows experience index score of
    6.9 for processor
    7.4 for ram
    5.5 for desktop graphics
    6.5 for gaming graphics
    6.9 for primary HDD

    how much more can i get for each of them…???

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  • July 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm
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    It’s funny the Windows Experience Index on Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit gave me the following:

    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz – 7.8
    Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB – 7.8
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 – 7.7
    Gaming graphics 4095 MB Total available graphics memory – 7.7
    Primary hard disk 63GB Free (111GB Total) – 7.9

    But with Windows 8 I get the following:

    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz – 8.1
    Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB – 8.1
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 – 7.7
    Gaming graphics 4095 MB Total available graphics memory – 7.7
    Primary hard disk 63GB Free (111GB Total) – 8.1

    Windows 7 must not understand newer hardware as well as Windows 8 does IMO.

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  • July 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    My Windows 8.1 PC just scored a whopping 8.5 on all tests including the overall.
    I just built a new PC using:
    – ASUS Z97 Deluxe Motherboard
    – Intel I7-4790K CPU (4.4GHZ Stock Speed)
    – CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 1200W PSU
    – Cooler Master 240L Liquid Cooler
    – 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3/2133
    – Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD
    – EVGA GTX-780Ti Superclocked 3GB DDR5
    – EVGA TORQ Carbon Fiber Mouse
    – Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
    – Cooler Master Storm Case

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  • October 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm
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    I have an HP Phoenix pc with:
    Intel I7 3770 @ 3.4 Stock
    12 GB Memory
    AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHZ Edition 2GB Upgraded to Nvidia GTX 770 2GB
    Standard 600 Watt PSU that came with this PC
    Liquid Cooled Processor
    Came with a 2TB HDD Seagate but Replaced it with a Samsung 850 Pro 256 GB for Operating system and a 2TB HDD Western Digital Black for storage
    My Scores are:
    Processor-Calculations per second 8.2
    Memory (Ram)-Memory operations per second 8.2
    Graphics-Desktop graphics performance 8.5
    Gaming Graphics-3D business and gaming graphics performance 8.5
    Primary Hard Disk-Disk data transfer rate 8.2

    Base Score of 8.2 I used ChrisPC Experience Index

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  • January 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    I have an Laptop Msi GT72 2QE Domonator Pro
    Intel i7-4710HQ 2.50 GHz
    32 GB Memory
    nVidia GTX980M 8 GB Ram
    2 SSD 256 GB + 1 Hdd 1TB
    My scores:
    Processor-Calculations per second 8.2
    Memory (Ram)-Memory operations per second 8.2
    Graphics-Desktop graphics performance 8.6
    Gaming Graphics-3D business and gaming graphics performance 8.6
    Primary Hard Disk-Disk data transfer rate 8.3

    Base Score of 8.2 I used ChrisPC Experience Index
    on Windows 8.1

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