MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop 51%
Workstation 33%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (83rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 17 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 72.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics34.5% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory5.4 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150528
Uptime6.8 Days
Run DateDec 07 '17 at 15:00
Run Duration232 Seconds
Run User SVK-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing above expectations (83rd 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 i5-4460-$184
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
72.5% Very good
SC Int 97.9
SC Float 101
SC Mixed 100
80% 99.8 Pts
QC Int 370
QC Float 372
QC Mixed 375
84% 372 Pts
MC Int 378
MC Float 376
MC Mixed 381
57% 378 Pts
Poor: 49%
This bench: 72.5%
Great: 73%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 950-$176
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1652 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
34.5% Below average
Lighting 108
Reflection 90.4
Parallax 100
33% 99.8 fps
MRender 78
Gravity 97.6
Splatting 76.1
36% 83.9 fps
Poor: 28%
This bench: 34.5%
Great: 37%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$46
363GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
87.9% Excellent
Read 160
Write 146
Mixed 153
115% 153 MB/s
4K Read 0.72
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.33
117% 1.25 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 87.9%
Great: 105%
WD Blue 250GB (2008)-$39
182GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
66.9% Good
Read 114
Write 119
Mixed 109
86% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.89
4K Mixed 0.29
96% 0.96 MB/s
Poor: 31%
This bench: 66.9%
Great: 63%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 C10 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
58.6% Above average
MC Read 21.6
MC Write 21.9
MC Mixed 18.1
59% 20.5 GB/s
SC Read 13.2
SC Write 17.1
SC Mixed 17.1
45% 15.8 GB/s
Latency 61.8
65% 61.8 ns
Poor: 29%
This bench: 58.6%
Great: 60%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) Builds (Compare 3,426 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 63%
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 59%

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $974
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