MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 34%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 45%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 27%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (53rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 47 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 61.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics32.5% 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)
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.
High background CPU (30%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory3.7 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit barev
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150528
Uptime27 Days
Run DateJan 15 '20 at 16:40
Run Duration129 Seconds
Run User CZE-User
Background CPU 30%

 PC Performing as expected (53rd percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-4460-$186
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
61.2% Good
1-Core 93.2
2-Core 184
65% 139 Pts
4-Core 340
8-Core 355
47% 348 Pts
64-Core 341
23% 341 Pts
Poor: 45%
This bench: 61.2%
Great: 66%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 441.66
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
32.5% Below average
Lighting 134
Reflection 113
Parallax 123
35% 123 fps
MRender 80.7
Gravity 120
Splatting 82.7
32% 94.4 fps
Poor: 30%
This bench: 32.5%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$85
8GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 383
Write 334
Mixed 325
77% 347 MB/s
4K Read 24.2
4K Write 50.5
4K Mixed 31
103% 35.2 MB/s
DQ Read 376
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 356
268% 358 MB/s
Poor: 74% Great: 124%
Seagate Barracuda 4TB (2017)-$78
939GB free
Firmware: 0001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 20 18 19 77 49 18 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
34.1% Below average
Read 85.2
Write 55
Mixed 56.5
SusWrite 33.6
43% 57.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.2
58% 0.47 MB/s
Poor: 41%
This bench: 34.1%
Great: 91%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR3 1866 C10 2x4GB-$35
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 1333 MHz clocked @ 1867 MHz
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
62.5% Good
MC Read 23
MC Write 23.7
MC Mixed 19.3
63% 22 GB/s
SC Read 14.9
SC Write 16.5
SC Mixed 18.2
47% 16.5 GB/s
Latency 59.1
68% 59.1 ns
Poor: 29%
This bench: 62.5%
Great: 67%
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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 24,755 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)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $861
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