Windows 7 Performance Meter Goes Up To 7.9, Still Not Fantastic For Gaming MeasurementsJason Chen1/22/09 9:00pmFiled to: windows 7Windows experience indexWeiMicrosoftWindowsWin7benchmarkBenchmarksBenchmarkingGraphicsGraphics CardsGraphics benchmarking3D3D cards55EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Vista's Windows Experience Index was an easy way to see, in number form, which parts of your computer was responsible for your sluggish performance. Windows 7 does the same, but now it's better by two. The new maximum component score is a 7.9. Microsoft has (and will continue to) raise the cap as new hardware components come out. If a current component score is a 5.6 under Vista, it will continue to be around a 5.6 (give or take) unless it was subject to various tweaks and feedback changes Microsoft took when adjusting the index, such as new disk tests. Advertisement Advertisement For gaming......scores in the 6.0 to 6.9 range to support DX10 graphics and deliver good frames rates at typical screen resolutions (like 40-50 frames per second at 1280x1024). In the range of 7.0 to 7.9, we would expect higher frame rates at even higher screen resolutions.But still, it's a bit of a clunky way to determine how well your graphics card will perform in newer games. Ballpark, sure, but nothing specific. For that, you should use more dedicated benchmarks like 3DMark.