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I have a Windows 7 PC and just got a new video card 2GB ($45) which gives me the WEI of 6.7 for graphics and gaming graphics. Up from 3.5 rating of the old 512MB card.

I don't play games or editing video but use Photoshop extensively. How is 6.7 different from 3.5 when using Photoshop? Or was I just wasting my money? I just couldn't really tell.


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Windows experience rating is really dumb in my opinion, and is no real indicator of how good your system is. A $45 graphics card will likely not increase your photoshop performance, unless rendering massive 3D images – Simon Sheehan Nov 25 '12 at 5:32
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WEI is a very imprecise, general way to benchmark your system. You're probably going to want to run a benchmark specific to photoshop with either card, such as hardware haven's tests of you want an objective result. Look around for other options, of it dosen't work for you. PS does do some offloading to the GPU, but this is heavily dependant on what version it is, and well the size of the image and other factors.

Practically speaking though, I suspect thats a great price for a card of those specifications, and since you already have it, you might as well make use of it.

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