MSI Z97 GAMING 7 (MS-7916)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 48%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (38th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 62 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 a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 61.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics41% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2070 = 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 (40%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7916
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 7 (MS-7916)  (all builds)
Memory7.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20141224
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateApr 13 '19 at 04:07
Run Duration185 Seconds
Run User BHR-User
Background CPU 40%

 PC Performing below expectations (38th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-4790K-$348
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
61.5% Good
1-Core 97.3
2-Core 189
68% 143 Pts
4-Core 323
8-Core 503
53% 413 Pts
64-Core 578
39% 578 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 61.5%
Great: 91%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-Ti-$480
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 419.67
Relative performance (0th percentile)
41% Average
Lighting 85.6
Reflection 234
Parallax 239
29% 186 fps
MRender 159
Gravity 226
Splatting 131
57% 172 fps
Poor: 63%
This bench: 41%
Great: 88%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$70
37GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 4,091
Write 2,880
Mixed 3,572
781% 3,514 MB/s
4K Read 304
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 190
791% 219 MB/s
DQ Read 545
DQ Write 414
DQ Mixed 269
258% 409 MB/s
Poor: 76% Great: 125%
WD Black 2TB (2013)-$113
502GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 59 51 53 52 58 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
37.6% Below average
Read 71.2
Write 79.5
Mixed 57.3
SusWrite 59.9
50% 67 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.1
38% 0.4 MB/s
Poor: 59%
This bench: 37.6%
Great: 111%
WD Blue 320GB (2007)-$15
195GB free
Firmware: 01.03A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 86 87 89 89 88 MB/s
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
54.6% Above average
Read 101
Write 83.7
Mixed 62.2
SusWrite 89
62% 83.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
179% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 21%
This bench: 54.6%
Great: 59%
General USB Flash Disk 2GB
2GB free, PID 1000
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 4 4.3 4.2 3.9 4.3 4.3 MB/s
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
5.44% Terrible
Read 18.5
Write 2.5
Mixed 4.3
SusWrite 4.1
7% 7.35 MB/s
4K Read 7.9
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
29% 2.63 MB/s
Poor: 3%
This bench: 5.44%
Great: 7%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 C10 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
50.7% Above average
MC Read 18
MC Write 19.5
MC Mixed 15.9
51% 17.8 GB/s
SC Read 12.2
SC Write 15.7
SC Mixed 15.3
41% 14.4 GB/s
Latency 80.4
50% 80.4 ns
Poor: 32%
This bench: 50.7%
Great: 63%
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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 7 (MS-7916) Builds (Compare 4,543 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 51%
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Desktop
Desktop 76%
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Workstation
Workstation 52%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 7 (MS-7916) - $203

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $1,020
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