MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 29%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (40th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 60 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 61.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics24.1% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive36.6% is low SSD score. With a better SSD this system will boot faster, make applications more responsive and reduce IO wait 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.
Very high background CPU (41%). 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)
Memory11.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime92.9 Days
Run DateJan 05 '20 at 19:12
Run Duration164 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 41%

 PC Performing below expectations (40th 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 3.65 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (14th percentile)
61.4% Good
1-Core 93.4
2-Core 183
65% 138 Pts
4-Core 334
8-Core 502
54% 418 Pts
64-Core 465
31% 465 Pts
Poor: 56%
This bench: 61.4%
Great: 76%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 950-$121
Asus(1043 8555) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1652 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 430.86
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
24.1% Poor
Lighting 92.2
Reflection 79
Parallax 98.6
24% 89.9 fps
MRender 74.7
Gravity 84.4
Splatting 66.1
24% 75.1 fps
Poor: 24%
This bench: 24.1%
Great: 29%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Sandisk S128G 126GB
78GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.1.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 179 102 220 156 203 151 MB/s
Performing as expected (46th percentile)
36.6% Below average
Read 350
Write 216
Mixed 79.7
SusWrite 168
45% 204 MB/s
4K Read 12.2
4K Write 14
4K Mixed 8.9
37% 11.7 MB/s
DQ Read 32.4
DQ Write 14.5
DQ Mixed 16
14% 21 MB/s
Poor: 29%
This bench: 36.6%
Great: 55%
SanDisk Z400s 256GB-$145
190GB free
Firmware: Z2201000
SusWrite @10s intervals: 299 306 300 304 298 304 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
72.8% Very good
Read 432
Write 300
Mixed 232
SusWrite 302
71% 316 MB/s
4K Read 25.7
4K Write 76.4
4K Mixed 12.4
95% 38.2 MB/s
DQ Read 163
DQ Write 280
DQ Mixed 86
104% 177 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 72.8%
Great: 84%
Crucial MX500 250GB-$49
232GB free
Firmware: M3CR020
SusWrite @10s intervals: 386 406 390 402 384 402 MB/s
Performing as expected (53rd percentile)
105% Outstanding
Read 438
Write 411
Mixed 361
SusWrite 395
90% 401 MB/s
4K Read 29.6
4K Write 88
4K Mixed 47.9
153% 55.2 MB/s
DQ Read 374
DQ Write 337
DQ Mixed 134
161% 282 MB/s
Poor: 73%
This bench: 105%
Great: 122%
WD Black 500GB (2012)-$56
375GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 103 105 106 105 104 MB/s
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
75% Very good
Read 157
Write 147
Mixed 80
SusWrite 104
90% 122 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.3
245% 1.7 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 75%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400 C11 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (59th percentile)
64.6% Good
MC Read 23.3
MC Write 24.9
MC Mixed 20.8
66% 23 GB/s
SC Read 14.3
SC Write 17.1
SC Mixed 13.7
43% 15 GB/s
Latency 53.2
75% 53.2 ns
Poor: 28%
This bench: 64.6%
Great: 87%
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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 7,978 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: $963
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