MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (28th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 72 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 64.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics22.2% 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 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.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
High background CPU (24%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory22.4 GB free of 32 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime0.5 Days
Run DateJan 13 '20 at 04:51
Run Duration151 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 24%

 PC Performing below expectations (28th 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 3.5 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
64.2% Good
1-Core 116
2-Core 200
76% 158 Pts
4-Core 302
8-Core 388
45% 345 Pts
64-Core 411
28% 411 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 64.2%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
PNY(196E 1138) 2GB
CLim: 1468 MHz, MLim: 1800 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 441.87
Relative performance (0th percentile)
22.2% Poor
Lighting 86.9
Reflection 72.9
Parallax 76.9
23% 78.9 fps
MRender 58.3
Gravity 81
Splatting 52.4
22% 63.9 fps
Poor: 30%
This bench: 22.2%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 3TB (2015)-$74
1TB free (System drive)
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 107 116 128 148 137 MB/s
Performing as expected (46th percentile)
72.9% Very good
Read 129
Write 133
Mixed 77.2
SusWrite 124
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1
196% 1.53 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 72.9%
Great: 96%
WD Green 2TB (2012)-$53
685GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 111 111 112 113 112 MB/s
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
60.2% Good
Read 99.8
Write 98.3
Mixed 69.5
SusWrite 110
69% 94.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
180% 1.23 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 60.2%
Great: 86%
WD My Book 320GB
280GB free, PID 1100
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
3.55% Terrible
Read 1
Write 1
Mixed 1
SusWrite 1.1
1% 1.02 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.5
52% 0.63 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 3.55%
Great: 22%
WD My Book Essentials 1TB
183GB free, PID 1110
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 27 25 30 37 38 38 MB/s
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
15.8% Very poor
Read 35.8
Write 34.5
Mixed 24.8
SusWrite 32.4
43% 31.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.5
56% 0.7 MB/s
Poor: 10%
This bench: 15.8%
Great: 20%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown 8GBH2X04F1AA28-15 0118 8GBH2X04F1AA28-15 Kingston KHX1866C10D3/8G Kingston KHX1866C10D3/8G 32GB
1600, 1600, 1333, 1333 MHz
8192, 8192, 8192, 8192 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
56.6% Above average
MC Read 20.1
MC Write 21.1
MC Mixed 18.2
57% 19.8 GB/s
SC Read 10.8
SC Write 19.1
SC Mixed 17.1
45% 15.7 GB/s
Latency 65.5
61% 65.5 ns
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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 5 (MS-7917) Builds (Compare 24,756 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 5 (MS-7917)

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