MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 52%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (46th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 54 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 73.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics54.1% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
Very high background CPU (32%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory4 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors, 1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateOct 12 '18 at 08:19
Run Duration141 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 32%

 PC Performing as expected (46th 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 i7-4790K-$365
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
73.8% Very good
SC Int 106
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 108
86% 108 Pts
QC Int 350
QC Float 370
QC Mixed 353
81% 357 Pts
MC Int 552
MC Float 604
MC Mixed 559
86% 572 Pts
Poor: 73%
This bench: 73.8%
Great: 99%
Graphics Cards Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Intel HD 4600 (Desktop 1.25 GHz)-$15
MSI(1462 7917) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 20.19.15.4835
Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)
5.93% Terrible
Lighting 13.5
Reflection 21
Parallax 23.9
5% 19.5 fps
MRender 18.9
Gravity 8.7
Splatting 21
6% 16.2 fps
Poor: 4%
This bench: 5.93%
Great: 6%
AMD R9 390X-$529
CLim: 1060 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 18.10.1
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
54.1% Above average
Lighting 166
Reflection 131
Parallax 206
56% 168 fps
MRender 105
Gravity 133
Splatting 142
53% 127 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 54.1%
Great: 76%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB-$65
6GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 583ABBF0
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 204
Write 118
Mixed 154
35% 159 MB/s
4K Read 22.2
4K Write 72.1
4K Mixed 11.2
86% 35.2 MB/s
DQ Read 41.3
DQ Write 116
DQ Mixed 99.2
70% 85.7 MB/s
Poor: 33% Great: 72%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$35
153GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 102 101 103 103 103 MB/s
Performing below expectations (31st percentile)
74.6% Very good
Read 157
Write 157
Mixed 100
SusWrite 102
95% 129 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
238% 1.73 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 74.6%
Great: 107%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
438GB free, PID 0100
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 99 98 99 99 99 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
41.5% Average
Read 98.5
Write 99
Mixed 36.7
SusWrite 99
111% 83.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
87% 1 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 41.5%
Great: 43%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400 C11 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
53.4% Above average
MC Read 20.5
MC Write 18.9
MC Mixed 18.5
55% 19.3 GB/s
SC Read 7.5
SC Write 12.8
SC Mixed 14
33% 11.4 GB/s
Latency 66.3
60% 66.3 ns
Poor: 29%
This bench: 53.4%
Great: 86%
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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 5 (MS-7917) Builds (Compare 12,383 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $925
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