MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 30%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (54th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 46 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. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 77.6%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics36.4% 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 Drive91.7% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum 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.
High background CPU (28%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory11.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150811
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 02 '22 at 01:57
Run Duration126 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 28%

 PC Performing as expected (54th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-4690K-$100
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (45th percentile)
77.6% Very good
Memory 85
1-Core 103
2-Core 216
78% 135 Pts
4-Core 402
8-Core 427
56% 415 Pts
64-Core 421
28% 421 Pts
Poor: 59%
This bench: 77.6%
Great: 89%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 512.59
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
36.4% Below average
Lighting 47.1
Reflection 48.6
Parallax 43.2
38% 46.3 fps
MRender 37.8
Gravity 43.6
Splatting 38
34% 39.8 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 36.4%
Great: 36%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Spcc Solid State Disk 240GB
110GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SAFM01.6
SusWrite @10s intervals: 234 227 228 274 297 222 MB/s
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
91.7% Outstanding
Read 428
Write 415
Mixed 329
SusWrite 247
80% 355 MB/s
4K Read 28.2
4K Write 95.1
4K Mixed 40.2
145% 54.5 MB/s
DQ Read 322
DQ Write 345
DQ Mixed 179
178% 282 MB/s
Poor: 31%
This bench: 91.7%
Great: 101%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$35
326GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 87 102 102 102 102 MB/s
Performing as expected (40th percentile)
77.4% Very good
Read 170
Write 164
Mixed 80.9
SusWrite 98.9
94% 129 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
233% 1.7 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 77.4%
Great: 110%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 C9 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (6th percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
29.3% Poor
MC Read 9.6
MC Write 10
MC Mixed 8.3
27% 9.3 GB/s
SC Read 8
SC Write 8.8
SC Mixed 9.3
25% 8.7 GB/s
Latency 71.9
56% 71.9 ns
Poor: 29%
This bench: 29.3%
Great: 63%

 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 15,896 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 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $573
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