MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

Gaming 56%
Desktop 56%
Workstation 37%
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PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (27th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 73 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 an average single core score, this CPU can handle browsing the web, email, video playback and the majority of general computing tasks including moderate gaming when coupled with an appropriate GPU. Finally, with a gaming score of 58%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics61.8% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive97.3% 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.
Very high background CPU (43%). 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)
Memory8.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150811
Uptime3.9 Days
Run DateFeb 14 '18 at 23:54
Run Duration120 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 43%

 PC Performing below expectations (27th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
Intel Core i5-4460-$184
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
58% Above average
SC Int 84
SC Float 84.2
SC Mixed 80.2
66% 82.8 Pts
QC Int 294
QC Float 290
QC Mixed 303
67% 296 Pts
MC Int 367
MC Float 309
MC Mixed 287
48% 321 Pts
Poor: 46%
This bench: 58%
Great: 72%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$300
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
61.8% Good
Lighting 188
Reflection 170
Parallax 206
60% 188 fps
MRender 144
Gravity 175
Splatting 119
63% 146 fps
Poor: 54%
This bench: 61.8%
Great: 71%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$85
31GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
Performing below expectations (32nd percentile)
97.3% Outstanding
Read 499
Write 401
Mixed 410
97% 436 MB/s
4K Read 39.1
4K Write 75.6
4K Mixed 35.4
145% 50 MB/s
DQ Read 203
DQ Write 203
DQ Mixed 24.5
68% 143 MB/s
Poor: 68%
This bench: 97.3%
Great: 122%
WD Blue 500GB (2008)-$33
24GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
33.4% Below average
Read 51.7
Write 64.1
Mixed 78.7
49% 64.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 1.95
4K Mixed 0.35
96% 0.94 MB/s
Poor: 22%
This bench: 33.4%
Great: 68%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ares DDR3 2133 C10 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 2133 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (28th percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled
45.5% Average
MC Read 15.9
MC Write 16.7
MC Mixed 14.8
45% 15.8 GB/s
SC Read 12
SC Write 15.5
SC Mixed 13.7
39% 13.7 GB/s
Latency 90
44% 90 ns
Poor: 32%
This bench: 45.5%
Great: 79%
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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 12,927 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 63%
Desktop 80%
Workstation 58%

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $910
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