How to Increase Windows 7 Graphics Performance Index
The Windows operating system performance test has been introduced for a long time, and users like to test it before choosing the hardware, namely: processor, motherboard, RAM, graphics card and hard drive. So, for example, in 2016, cheap DDR4 for high frequencies appeared on the market, but when installing chips in slots, computer performance does not increase much. The first thought is that I did something wrong. And immediately I want to check myself. And the easiest way to do this is by measuring the Windows 10 performance index.
You press the usual “Win” Break and understand that there are no necessary parameters on the screen. The thought rushing around feverishly. how to look at the performance index now to evaluate the speed of the computer? Download Aida? This is a paid package, and in demo mode, many options are not available. The eternal Russian question. what to do?
Windows Performance Index
It’s really hard to say how true Microsoft’s ratings are. For example, a computer that received 6 points out of 7.9 possible, significantly works quite slowly. And the other flies with a lower rating. Until now it was possible to see the necessary parameters in the system properties window (quick call “Win” Break).
In our case, the performance of three-dimensional graphics for games (Direct X package) suffers, and the memory runs at a low frequency. This means that the computer has a weak card, and the motherboard needs to be replaced. Or you need to put several lines of RAM in parallel so that the processor and the operating system access them alternately. This will double the speed. On modern motherboards there can be 4 sockets or more for these purposes, but there are no more than two separate channels.
According to Microsoft, the performance assessment in Windows 10 aims to characterize the quality of hardware and software resources of a personal computer. The resulting metric is calculated by the lowest digit. This is the so-called “neck” or bottleneck of the system. The lower limit is 1 point. Microsoft writes that when buying software you need to focus on these numbers, but which of us has seen at least once that the manufacturer of some toys wrote about this? Instead, approximately the following data is provided:
- Type of processor and frequency, number of cores.
- Graphic card.
- DirectX package.
- Hard disk space.
- The amount of RAM (rarely, its speed).
That’s what software developers are interested in. hardware, so the Windows 10 performance index can only interest the user and no one else. This is a setting that (without warranty) improves application performance. But practice shows that it is much easier to achieve this not by buying a new hardware, but by setting up the operating system itself. First of all, eliminating unnecessary visual effects.
How to improve performance without indexes
You can significantly increase the speed of applications at the cost of loss of visual effects. Everyone knows how to do this on Windows 7, but few know that this is available in the tenth version. Here is the sequence of actions:
- We’ll go to the settings section available in the Start menu (a key on the taskbar with the Windows logo). In the tenth version, sometimes there is a problem in that the menu “sticks”. In this case, click “Win” X and select Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization.
- Then you need to go to the Personalization section (in the Design and Personalization of the Control Panel it is also available, but the window itself is a little differently designed).
- Click Themes → Theme options (if the transition was through the Control Panel, then all available theme options are already shown in the window). A list will appear.
The current topic is always marked as unsaved. Therefore, before switching to a new one, click Save Theme and come up with a unique name for it. This will allow, in which case, to quickly return to the previous settings, because what we are going to do will reset the background image of the desktop. Scroll down until you see the following:
Any of them (contrasting) is a simplification of the interface. Switching to a new design will reset the background image, so save it in a safe place in advance. After that, choose a white or black theme and make sure that everything began to work 2-3 times faster. Now it’s interesting to know the performance rating, because the speed increase is noticeable to the naked eye. Increased index without buying new equipment? Although the appearance of the windows will seem strange to many.
Please note that in applications the menu may completely disappear (File, Edit, and so on). In this case, choose the opposite color. Although, in our opinion, such a growth in productivity is, rightly, not the price. And do not even need a program for evaluation.
It remains to solve the problem with the screen saver. Necessary:
- dump a photo into a noticeable folder;
- right-click on the free space of the desktop;
- choose Photo instead of Background;
- specify the path to the screen saver.
Slideshow. a separate conversation. This is a very interesting option provided to us by the Windows 10 operating system.
Alternative options to measure performance
We believe readers have already realized that the performance index is quite an abstract quantity, and usually it makes no sense to define it. Changing the subject, many will find that both games and everything else in the system began to work faster. Fans of the command line will help the regular method. Press “Win” R and enter winsat formal –restart clean. The evaluation process will begin.
The XML report is located in the folder “C: \ Windows \ Performance \ WinSAT \ DataStore” open the file “Formal.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT” for the current number. An assessment will open in the browser, which, with basic knowledge of English, will show the result.
For example, in our case, system performance is limited by the speed of access to the hard disk (DiskScore) and the graphics core (GraphicsScore). This is to be expected with an ancient hard drive and a three-dimensional graphics adapter built into the processor. However, even with this, the operating system easily allows you to not only work, but also play.
Is it worth it to chase the performance index
Any gamer knows that picture quality is ensured primarily by a graphics card. The speed of access to the hard drive is not at all a determining factor. The Windows Performance Index cannot be called a philosopher’s stone for solving all problems. A personal computer is purchased for a specific purpose, and it should be taken into account when choosing equipment. And there cannot be a universal counter that will save us from the need to choose.