MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 20%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (23rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 77 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 65.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics25.1% 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 Drive69.4% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait 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.
Very high background CPU (36%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory13.6 GB free of 32 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1200 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160216
Uptime25 Days
Run DateMay 11 '21 at 14:21
Run Duration195 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 36%

 PC Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-4770-$255
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
65.4% Good
Memory 72.1
1-Core 88.8
2-Core 178
66% 113 Pts
4-Core 317
8-Core 510
53% 414 Pts
64-Core 492
33% 492 Pts
Poor: 65%
This bench: 65.4%
Great: 83%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 950-$170
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1652 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 456.71
Performing below potential (41st percentile) - GPU OC Guide
25.1% Poor
Lighting 30.9
Reflection 25.7
Parallax 30.3
25% 29 fps
MRender 32.9
Gravity 31.1
Splatting 28.5
25% 30.8 fps
Poor: 23%
This bench: 25.1%
Great: 29%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
PNY CS1311 480GB-$89
241GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CS131122
SusWrite @10s intervals: 290 110 103 84 159 128 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
69.4% Good
Read 376
Write 386
Mixed 316
SusWrite 146
69% 306 MB/s
4K Read 24.7
4K Write 58.5
4K Mixed 29.3
106% 37.5 MB/s
DQ Read 360
DQ Write 220
DQ Mixed 81.6
117% 220 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 69.4%
Great: 101%
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB-$139
59GB free
Firmware: X2306RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 321 343 354 317 325 317 MB/s
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
86% Excellent
Read 427
Write 385
Mixed 220
SusWrite 330
76% 340 MB/s
4K Read 27.2
4K Write 78.4
4K Mixed 30.5
122% 45.4 MB/s
DQ Read 313
DQ Write 216
DQ Mixed 120
129% 216 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 86%
Great: 101%
WD Green 2TB (2011)-$100
939GB free
Firmware: 51.0AB51
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 63 60 64 54 61 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
40.3% Average
Read 78.6
Write 65.9
Mixed 57.2
SusWrite 61.4
49% 65.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.4
100% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 33%
This bench: 40.3%
Great: 67%
Toshiba MD04ACA400 4TB-$140
470GB free
Firmware: FP2A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 90 89 90 87 86 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
55.7% Above average
Read 105
Write 90.2
Mixed 64.1
SusWrite 88.6
64% 87 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
208% 1.5 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 55.7%
Great: 104%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$58
1TB free
Firmware: CC27
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 117 117 116 113 111 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
64% Good
Read 110
Write 81.6
Mixed 70.6
SusWrite 113
69% 93.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 64%
Great: 115%
Intenso Rainbow Line 8GB
7GB free, PID 6387
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 4.6 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.2 MB/s
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
3.21% Terrible
Read 9.7
Write 4
Mixed 4.2
SusWrite 4.5
7% 5.6 MB/s
4K Read 3.5
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
13% 1.17 MB/s
Poor: 2%
This bench: 3.21%
Great: 6%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3 2400 C11 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (16th percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
46.5% Average
MC Read 16.7
MC Write 17.6
MC Mixed 14.9
47% 16.4 GB/s
SC Read 11.3
SC Write 15.7
SC Mixed 13.9
39% 13.6 GB/s
Latency 96.7
41% 96.7 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 46.5%
Great: 88%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

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Desktop
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Workstation
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $788
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