MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding GPU
Gaming
Gaming 0%
Incomplete
Desktop
Desktop 0%
Incomplete
Workstation
Workstation 0%
Incomplete
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (30th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 70 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 below average single core score, this CPU can handle email, web browsing and audio/video playback but it will struggle to handle modern 3D games or workstation tasks such as video editing. Finally, with a gaming score of 36.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is below average.
Boot Drive50.6% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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 (48%). 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)
Memory2.2 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 13 '19 at 00:13
Run Duration131 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 48%

 PC Performing below expectations (30th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-4690K-$189
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
36.1% Below average
1-Core 48.9
2-Core 102
35% 75.4 Pts
4-Core 217
8-Core 253
31% 235 Pts
64-Core 273
18% 273 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 36.1%
Great: 89%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$399
MSI(1462 3161) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Relative performance n/a - benchmarks incomplete
Lighting 172
Reflection 151
Parallax 166
45% 163 fps
Gravity 164
Splatting 112
55% 138 fps
Poor: 47% Great: 57%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB-$58
28GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 0C3FD6SD
SusWrite @10s intervals: 223 187 68 97 15 59 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
50.6% Above average
Read 383
Write 365
Mixed 297
SusWrite 108
64% 288 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 37.8
4K Mixed 20.3
48% 19.7 MB/s
DQ Read 305
DQ Write 274
DQ Mixed 121
137% 234 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 50.6%
Great: 88%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
884GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 161 160 160 161 161 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (86th percentile)
100% Outstanding
Read 189
Write 153
Mixed 98
SusWrite 160
110% 150 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.1
219% 1.57 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 100%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR3 1866 C10 1x8GB
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 1333 MHz clocked @ 1867 MHz
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
28% Poor
MC Read 9.3
MC Write 10.9
MC Mixed 9.1
28% 9.77 GB/s
SC Read 4.6
SC Write 6
SC Mixed 4.8
15% 5.13 GB/s
Latency 85.3
47% 85.3 ns
Poor: 23%
This bench: 28%
Great: 40%
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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 7,242 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: 48% - Average Total price: $958
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