MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 34%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 49%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 28%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (41st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 59 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 54.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics34.4% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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.
Very high background CPU (32%). 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)
Memory3.4 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit barev
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150528
Uptime3.2 Days
Run DateOct 16 '18 at 15:47
Run Duration138 Seconds
Run User CZE-User
Background CPU 32%

 PC Performing as expected (41st percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-4460-$185
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
54.5% Above average
1-Core 89.8
2-Core 163
60% 126 Pts
4-Core 286
8-Core 306
40% 296 Pts
64-Core 320
22% 320 Pts
Poor: 46%
This bench: 54.5%
Great: 66%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1563 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 416.34
Performing above expectations (85th percentile)
34.4% Below average
Lighting 143
Reflection 121
Parallax 132
38% 132 fps
MRender 80.6
Gravity 128
Splatting 87.9
34% 98.8 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 34.4%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Adata XPG EX500 120GB
18GB free
Firmware: 9301
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 16 61 66 5.7 108 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (13th percentile)
42.9% Average
Read 369
Write 295
Mixed 257
SusWrite 65.9
55% 247 MB/s
4K Read 16.7
4K Write 30.3
4K Mixed 15
61% 20.7 MB/s
DQ Read 151
DQ Write 106
DQ Mixed 39.2
53% 98.6 MB/s
Poor: 43%
This bench: 42.9%
Great: 72%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$34
70GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 03.01A03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 69 89 68 73 85 129 MB/s
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
68.7% Good
Read 154
Write 123
Mixed 64
SusWrite 85.4
78% 107 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
183% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 52%
This bench: 68.7%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston 9905402-669.A00LF 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing above expectations (66th percentile)
46.1% Average
MC Read 16.2
MC Write 16.6
MC Mixed 14.5
45% 15.8 GB/s
SC Read 11.1
SC Write 15.9
SC Mixed 13.5
39% 13.5 GB/s
Latency 71.7
56% 71.7 ns
Poor: 33%
This bench: 46.1%
Great: 51%
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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 7,387 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 49% - Average Total price: $937
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