Asus M5A97

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 35%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 43%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (80th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 20 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 54.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics36% 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.
Memory16GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's more than sufficient for nearly all games. 16GB also allows for very large file and system caches, software development and batch photo editing/processing.
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).
MotherboardAsus M5A97  (all builds)
Memory11.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.3 GHz
Display1366 x 768 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20111124
Uptime0.5 Days
Run DateJun 14 '18 at 06:59
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing above expectations (80th 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-8120
AM3r2, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4.1 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
54.8% Above average
SC Int 77.8
SC Float 70.9
SC Mixed 73.3
59% 74 Pts
QC Int 256
QC Float 247
QC Mixed 268
58% 257 Pts
MC Int 442
MC Float 427
MC Mixed 477
67% 448 Pts
Poor: 35%
This bench: 54.8%
Great: 54%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD HD 7870-$203
Sapphire(174B E241) 2GB
CLim: 1050 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 18.5.2
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
36% Below average
Lighting 112
Reflection 88
Parallax 144
38% 115 fps
MRender 61.5
Gravity 93.7
Splatting 88.5
34% 81.2 fps
Poor: 27%
This bench: 36%
Great: 38%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$40
589GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CC48 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
106% Outstanding
Read 186
Write 183
Mixed 160
132% 176 MB/s
4K Read 0.68
4K Write 1.35
4K Mixed 0.33
90% 0.79 MB/s
Poor: 44%
This bench: 106%
Great: 112%
Seagate ST3160815AS 160GB-$20
149GB free
Firmware: 3.CH Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
33.8% Below average
Read 72
Write 45.6
Mixed 63.8
46% 60.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.69
4K Write 1.24
4K Mixed 0.42
98% 0.78 MB/s
Poor: 10%
This bench: 33.8%
Great: 42%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown 16GB
1333, 1333, 1333, 1333 MHz
4096, 4096, 4096, 4096 MB
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
45.2% Average
MC Read 17.6
MC Write 15.1
MC Mixed 15.5
46% 16.1 GB/s
SC Read 9.3
SC Write 9.1
SC Mixed 12
29% 10.1 GB/s
Latency 72
56% 72 ns
Poor: 25%
This bench: 45.2%
Great: 55%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical M5A97 Builds (Compare 2,283 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $618
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