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I just reformatted my computer. Prior to doing so, my base-line windows user experience score was a 7.6, with 7.7's in both of the graphics categories. After completing my reformat, I installed the latest catalyst drivers (01/27/2009, v10.1). However, I'm scoring a 6.0 in both of the graphics categories, and the device manager has my drivers dated at 12/11/2009, v8.69.

The drivers seem to go in cleanly, other than that. I get no error, and I rebooted after installing them. What might be causing this performance bottleneck?

I'm running Windows 7, 64-bit enterprise. I have an i920 @3.6GHz, an XFX Radeon 5850, and 6GB of RAM.

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No idea. There could be a variety of problems, not just driver related. I'm not familiar enough with the WES to offer an answer. – Josh K Feb 4 '10 at 3:02
6.0? i just installed Windows 7 on a Eee 701 4G and scored a breathtaking 1.0 ... Intel GMA 915 FTW! :) – Molly7244 Feb 4 '10 at 3:13
Molly, my 701 4G has a 4GB ssd. Would love to hear how you managed that (offline of course)! – Chris_K Feb 4 '10 at 3:20
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Do you have all the latest drivers for the motherboard(chipset)? Having great graphics doesn't matter if the CPU can't communicate with them effectively.

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No, I most certainly do not! Good call. – Mike Pateras Feb 4 '10 at 3:15
chipset drivers make a HUGE difference [usually] – Chris_K Feb 4 '10 at 3:20
Graphics are reading 7.7 now. Thanks! – Mike Pateras Feb 4 '10 at 3:37

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