I am just wondering how much credibility and importance should be placed on the Windows Experience Index as regards graphics. I am trying to get maximum performance from my windows 7 32-bit desktop computer for quite heavy office based work including flash, photoshop, illustrator. My scores came in as follows:
Gaming graphics 4.9
Primary hard disk 7.7
The low one there being graphics at 2.3 whilst the majority are in the 7 bracket. I have a Sapphire Radeon HD5450 graphics card. I went and updated the drivers right now and got an even worse score!! - on updating the windows experience it is now down to just 2.0 with the drivers update.
What I am interested in is improving the speed of my pc. I am wondering whether a purchase of a better graphics card might help. Do you think that would be a good idea? I don't really understand why I am only getting a 2.0 for graphics. I mean it's not a bad graphics card, got a lot of 5 stars here on amazon
I don't actually notice any noticeable poor performance on graphics, but that 2.0 score is a worry. However it does sometimes hour glass when moving a load of objects in Flash. I always just thought it would be the cpu trying to do its tasks, but could it actually be the graphics card causing the delay? Would it be logical to suggest that a better card would get a better score and better overall pc performance?
Thanks for any comment/advice.