Pentium Dual Core beats my Core 2 Duo?!

vaio-fx

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My friend and I both have laptops. My friend's laptop has a Pentium Dual Core @ 1.86GHz which gets a Windows 7 rating of 4.9 whereas my Core 2 Duo @ 1.80GHz gets 4.5. Why does the Pentium get a higher score, I'm sure that 600MHz more can't be the reason. I dont really mind, I'm just more curious, any ideas?
 

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faster FSB could be playing a small roll, also if he has faster memory the CPU can get the test data faster giving a mock rating boost. How does everything else match up?
 

vaio-fx

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Mate's Laptop:
Sony Vaio
Intel Integrated Graphics
Intel Pentium Dual Core @ 1.86GHz
2GB 533MHz DDR2 RAM
160GB HDD 5400RPM

My Laptop
Dell Vostro 1510:
nVidia GeForce 8400M GS 256MB
Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.80GHz
2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM
250GB HDD

His laptop does also get a better HDD speed rating even though they are both 5400RPM, its weird, maybe its the motherboard?
 

cavemangrinder

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Its because its a Sony Vaio. Sony pays Microsoft money under the table to have them adjust the Windows experience rating.

On a serious note, are you both using the same version of Windows?
 

Celegorm

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His could get better HDD speed ratings because of the different read/write speeds of hard drives.

I doubt it's a direct motherboard thing. Could be drivers, or like caveman said, versions of windows.
 

GibsonSGKing

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Just saying, the pentium dual core is the exact same thing as a core2duo, except with slightly less cache. So that's your answer.
 

Cabbs

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Don't let it bother you, those ratings don't mean much. If you really want to find the performance differences, then get some real benchmarks.
 

tom-knox

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No serious pc enthusiast takes a blind bit of notice to windows ratings. They are pretty much useless apart from helping microsoft encourage it's inexperienced PC users to buy upgrades they don't need.
 
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