Asus Z97-A

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (72nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 28 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 76.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics68.9% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load times.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
High background CPU (30%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
MotherboardAsus Z97-A  (all builds)
Memory5.2 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150212
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 13 '17 at 22:16
Run Duration120 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 30%

 PC Performing above expectations (72nd percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
Intel Core i5-4690K-$235
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
76.9% Very good
SC Int 118
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 121
97% 122 Pts
QC Int 366
QC Float 378
QC Mixed 368
84% 371 Pts
MC Int 439
MC Float 437
MC Mixed 442
66% 439 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 76.9%
Great: 98%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$350
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 385.41
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
68.9% Good
Lighting 217
Reflection 188
Parallax 208
66% 204 fps
MRender 158
Gravity 200
Splatting 133
71% 164 fps
Poor: 56%
This bench: 68.9%
Great: 73%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$47
931GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
94.5% Outstanding
Read 155
Write 174
Mixed 143
118% 157 MB/s
4K Read 1.21
4K Write 2.73
4K Mixed 0.37
142% 1.44 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 94.5%
Great: 106%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$47
747GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
102% Outstanding
Read 193
Write 162
Mixed 144
124% 166 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 2.23
4K Mixed 0.25
101% 1.09 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 102%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600 C9 2x4GB-$60
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing above expectations (78th percentile)
62.4% Good
MC Read 21.5
MC Write 22.8
MC Mixed 19.8
61% 21.4 GB/s
SC Read 16.4
SC Write 21.5
SC Mixed 18.7
54% 18.9 GB/s
Latency 57.3
70% 57.3 ns
Poor: 32%
This bench: 62.4%
Great: 64%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z97-A Builds (Compare 5,808 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $143

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $1,038
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