Windows Experience Index

I updated the previous tables to include the wattage and scores while running the Cinebench tests.  It’s no surprise it consumes more power in Windows since it’s running with the discrete card full-time.  What is surprising is that the OpenGL score is about 8.5 fps faster in Windows 7 than in OS X.  Perhaps the Windows drivers are better than the OS X ones?

I got the following scores while running the Windows Experience Index tests:

Test

MacBook Pro 13”

MacBook Pro 15”

HP Pavilion a6720y

HP Pavilion dv4i

Processor

7.1

7.6

6.9

6.7

Memory (RAM)

5.9

7.7

7.2

5.9

Graphics

6.5

7.1

7.4

4.9

Gaming graphics

6.5

7.1

7.4

6.1

Primary hard disk

5.9

5.8

5.9

5.9

The 7200 rpm hard drive in the dv4i appears to edge out the 5400 rpm drive in the MacBook Pro.  It’s interesting that the MacBook Pro’s scores are lower in Graphics and Gaming graphics than my desktop because the the former easily beats out the desktop in the Cinebench OpenGL score.  I imagine the Windows Index uses Direct X though, which is a competitor of OpenGL.

The MacBook Pro is already pretty quick.  I bet it really flies with an SSD drive.  My laptop, the dv4i, is feeling extremely sluggish recently.  It takes quite a while for the disk activity light to stop when booting.  It’s not just that, even the time to bring up the widgets is unusually long.  Maybe it’s because I installed Visual Studio 2010 recently?  I don’t know but it’s painful to use.  A memory upgrade is very tempting on it for less than $50 but if I’m not going to be using it often, it seems like a waste.  My MacBook Pro on the other hand (for just over $50) might be a good idea to future proof it, especially if I run Virtualbox or perhaps Parallels.  Parallels can use the existing Boot Camp partition which is another reason I went ahead with the Boot Camp install.