MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing GPU
Gaming
Gaming 0%
Incomplete
Desktop
Desktop 0%
Incomplete
Workstation
Workstation 0%
Incomplete
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (19th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 81 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. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 74.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Boot Drive24.6% is an extremely low SSD score, this system will benefit from a faster SSD.
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.
High background CPU (26%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
13 months ago, 13 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory10.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1079 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20141224
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 12 '19 at 19:21
Run Duration119 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 26%

 PC Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
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 (12th percentile)
74.4% Very good
Memory 78.3
1-Core 108
2-Core 217
77% 135 Pts
4-Core 380
8-Core 573
61% 477 Pts
64-Core 579
39% 579 Pts
Poor: 70%
This bench: 74.4%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$395
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 419.67
Relative performance n/a - benchmarks incomplete
Lighting 154
Reflection 165
60% 159 fps
Poor: 47% Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB-$44
43GB free (System drive)
Firmware: Z32080RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 44 42 44 54 48 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
24.6% Poor
Read 297
Write 82
Mixed 116
SusWrite 47.9
30% 136 MB/s
4K Read 19.9
4K Write 4
4K Mixed 2.5
36% 8.8 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 24.6%
Great: 85%
WD Black 2TB (2013)-$114
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 149 152 155 153 155 155 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
92.9% Outstanding
Read 170
Write 157
Mixed 87.7
SusWrite 153
104% 142 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.1
227% 1.8 MB/s
Poor: 57%
This bench: 92.9%
Great: 112%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1600 C9 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (3rd percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
23.5% Poor
MC Read 7
MC Write 8.2
MC Mixed 7
21% 7.4 GB/s
SC Read 6.3
SC Write 7.5
SC Mixed 6.8
20% 6.87 GB/s
Latency 83.8
48% 83.8 ns
Poor: 28%
This bench: 23.5%
Great: 63%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

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

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