MSI H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 35%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 25%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (20th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 80 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 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 35.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is below average.
Graphics48.7% 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)
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 (82%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory3.1 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime21.3 Days
Run DateJul 21 '19 at 17:20
Run Duration109 Seconds
Run User NLD-User
Background CPU 82%

 PC Performing below expectations (20th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-4770-$305
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
35.8% Below average
1-Core 47.7
2-Core 166
46% 107 Pts
4-Core 190
8-Core 297
31% 243 Pts
64-Core 325
22% 325 Pts
Poor: 58%
This bench: 35.8%
Great: 76%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$399
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 431.36
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
48.7% Average
Lighting 192
Reflection 167
Parallax 184
49% 181 fps
MRender 146
Gravity 181
Splatting 120
48% 149 fps
Poor: 44%
This bench: 48.7%
Great: 54%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
685GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 02.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 88 96 91 93 102 MB/s
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
67.6% Good
Read 144
Write 127
Mixed 73.7
SusWrite 91.7
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.6
121% 0.77 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 67.6%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial CT102464BA160B.C16 1x8GB
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
22.2% Poor
MC Read 8.7
MC Write 8.1
MC Mixed 7
23% 7.93 GB/s
SC Read 2.9
SC Write 4.8
SC Mixed 3.4
11% 3.7 GB/s
Latency 117
34% 117 ns
Poor: 23%
This bench: 22.2%
Great: 34%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) Builds (Compare 4,414 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat

Motherboard: MSI H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 39% - Below average Total price: $874
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