MSI Z97 XPOWER AC (MS-7914)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 51%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 58%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (33rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 67 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 75.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics52.4% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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.
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 (23%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7914
MotherboardMSI Z97 XPOWER AC (MS-7914)  (all builds)
Memory9.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.9 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20140422
Uptime6.5 Days
Run DateNov 19 '19 at 05:37
Run Duration107 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 23%

 PC Performing below expectations (33rd 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 below expectations (34th percentile)
75.5% Very good
1-Core 119
2-Core 232
83% 176 Pts
4-Core 398
8-Core 621
65% 509 Pts
64-Core 628
42% 628 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 75.5%
Great: 91%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$399
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 432.0
Performing above expectations (62nd percentile)
52.4% Above average
Lighting 203
Reflection 176
Parallax 193
53% 191 fps
MRender 152
Gravity 187
Splatting 123
53% 154 fps
Poor: 47%
This bench: 52.4%
Great: 56%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB-$50
1.5TB free (System drive)
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 89 85 104 112 101 MB/s
Performing below expectations (27th percentile)
79.3% Very good
Read 181
Write 169
Mixed 79.3
SusWrite 95.3
96% 131 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
150% 1.07 MB/s
Poor: 57%
This bench: 79.3%
Great: 113%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3 1866 C9 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1867 MHz
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
35.2% Below average
MC Read 12.3
MC Write 11.8
MC Mixed 9.3
32% 11.1 GB/s
SC Read 10.4
SC Write 12.4
SC Mixed 10.4
32% 11.1 GB/s
Latency 62.7
64% 62.7 ns
Poor: 28%
This bench: 35.2%
Great: 72%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z97 XPOWER AC (MS-7914) Builds (Compare 151 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 52%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z97 XPOWER AC (MS-7914)

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