Check your PC’s performance rating with this portable tool
Do you remember the old Windows Experience Index feature that would calculate an overall performance score for your PC? Unfortunately, this feature has now been obscured in Windows 10 and 11. It’s still there but buried deep and accessing it and its results require a bit of messing about. Introducing ExperienceIndexOK which is a portable tool that replicates the original Windows Experience Index feature.
I am currently running two main machines — an older machine (around seven years old) and a fairly new machine (just a few months old) — and I thought it might be fun to compare the two.
- Machine number one (older machine): Intel i5-4460, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Samsung 250GB 850 EVO SSD, NVIDIA Geforce GT 710, running Windows 10 Pro
- Machine number two: (newer machine) Intel i7-11700, 16GB DDR4 RAM, Intel Optane 512GB M.2 NVMe, Intel UHD Graphics 750 (integrated), running Windows 10 Home
ExperienceIndexOK Portable Freeware
Download this small tool: ExperienceIndexOK Download — I downloaded the 64-bit portable version weighing in at a mere 105KB — extract and run the extracted executable for instant results:
As expected, the newer machine with more advanced hardware easily outscores the older machine. However, there are a couple of surprises:
- The integrated Intel graphics in the newer machine score much higher than the dedicated GPU in the older machine. It is a pretty basic GPU but does, in my opinion, demonstrate just how far integrated graphics have improved
- The Samsung SSD in the older machine does not compare too badly with the more modern M.2 NVMe
This piqued my interest so I went a step further and ran benchmarks between the same two machines using a portable benchmark tool called QwikMark which is available as a portable app via portableapps.com and provides basic benchmarking capabilities.
As you can see from the above screenshots the more modern M.2 NVMe’s speed is close enough to double that of the Samsung SSD. And the newer RAM is also double the speed of the older RAM, as expected.
These are basic benchmarks and I didn’t really set out to prove anything, just passing time. However, the results do indicate just how much hardware capabilities are advancing. Try out the portable ExprienceIndexOK tool on your machine and feel free to let us know the results via the comments.