Asus M5A97 PLUS

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming 34%
Sail boat
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation 33%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (34th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 66 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith an average single core score, this CPU can handle browsing the web, email, video playback and the majority of general computing tasks including moderate gaming when coupled with an appropriate GPU. Finally, with a gaming score of 56.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics34.9% 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 (13%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
MotherboardAsus M5A97 PLUS  (all builds)
Memory3.9 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160415
Uptime10.2 Days
Run DateMar 14 '18 at 03:28
Run Duration88 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 13%

 PC Performing below expectations (34th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
AMD FX-8350-$115
Socket 942, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (40th percentile)
56.5% Above average
SC Int 79.4
SC Float 72
SC Mixed 75.7
61% 75.7 Pts
QC Int 290
QC Float 248
QC Mixed 276
62% 271 Pts
MC Int 501
MC Float 432
MC Mixed 490
71% 474 Pts
Poor: 50%
This bench: 56.5%
Great: 64%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 280-$185
CLim: 1000 MHz, MLim: 1300 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 17.7
Performing way below expectations (13th percentile)
34.9% Below average
Lighting 109
Reflection 67.9
Parallax 145
38% 107 fps
MRender 52.9
Gravity 101
Splatting 73.7
33% 75.8 fps
Poor: 35%
This bench: 34.9%
Great: 45%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 500GB-$22
67GB free
Firmware: JC4B Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
58% Above average
Read 111
Write 91.7
Mixed 92.4
74% 98.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.42
4K Write 1.39
4K Mixed 0.33
80% 0.71 MB/s
Poor: 43%
This bench: 58%
Great: 75%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
1333, 1333, 1333, 1333 MHz
2048, 2048, 2048, 2048 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
43.5% Average
MC Read 16.8
MC Write 14.9
MC Mixed 14.6
44% 15.4 GB/s
SC Read 9.6
SC Write 8.3
SC Mixed 12.1
29% 10 GB/s
Latency 75.8
53% 75.8 ns
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical M5A97 PLUS Builds (Compare 470 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 34%
Sail boat
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation 29%

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 PLUS

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $315
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