MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 44%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (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.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. 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 72.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics56% 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)
Memory24GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 24GB 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.
Very high background CPU (41%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory19.4 GB free of 24 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors,
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime0 Days
Run DateFeb 16 '21 at 00:14
Run Duration188 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 41%

 PC Performing as expected (40th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-4690-$178
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
72.1% Very good
Memory 88.8
1-Core 110
2-Core 215
81% 138 Pts
4-Core 321
8-Core 330
44% 325 Pts
64-Core 332
22% 332 Pts
Poor: 59%
This bench: 72.1%
Great: 84%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
MSI(1462 328D) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 461.40
Performing below potential (50th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
56% Above average
Lighting 69.8
Reflection 72
Parallax 66.8
56% 69.5 fps
MRender 66.4
Gravity 69.3
Splatting 65.7
56% 67.1 fps
Poor: 52%
This bench: 56%
Great: 62%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 840 Evo 120GB-$40
17GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 5,939
Write 4,521
Mixed 4,871
1,136% 5,110 MB/s
4K Read 506
4K Write 222
4K Mixed 275
1,236% 334 MB/s
DQ Read 1,173
DQ Write 1,108
DQ Mixed 1163
867% 1,148 MB/s
Poor: 66% Great: 107%
WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB (2018)-$170
47GB free
Firmware: 101200WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 692 696 562 521 456 421 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
163% Outstanding
Read 686
Write 678
Mixed 672
SusWrite 558
146% 648 MB/s
4K Read 44.6
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 65
219% 79.4 MB/s
DQ Read 773
DQ Write 731
DQ Mixed 1,012
688% 839 MB/s
Poor: 160%
This bench: 163%
Great: 306%
WD Black 2TB (2010)-$115
1.5TB free
Firmware: 01.01L01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 111 111 111 111 112 MB/s
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
74.6% Very good
Read 149
Write 135
Mixed 91
SusWrite 111
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 0.9
199% 1.7 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 74.6%
Great: 85%
Seagate GoFlex Mac 1.5TB
110GB free, PID 6021
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 39 40 39 40 39 39 MB/s
Performing as expected (46th percentile)
15.1% Very poor
Read 35.5
Write 38
Mixed 17.5
SusWrite 39.3
44% 32.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.4
29% 0.47 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 15.1%
Great: 17%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown CMY8GX3M2A1600C9 0215 CMY8GX3M2A1600C9 Micron 16KTF1G64AZ-1G9P1 Micron 16KTF1G64AZ-1G9P1 24GB
1600, 1600, 1333, 1333 MHz
4096, 4096, 8192, 8192 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
52.4% Above average
MC Read 17.5
MC Write 19.2
MC Mixed 16.5
51% 17.7 GB/s
SC Read 14.8
SC Write 19.6
SC Mixed 16.6
49% 17 GB/s
Latency 68.7
58% 68.7 ns
Poor: 51%
This bench: 52.4%
Great: 52%

 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 4,204 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $923
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