MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop 61%
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (44th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 56 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 61.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics35.8% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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 Drive102% 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.
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 8.1 is the second most recent version of Windows but it's worth upgrading to Windows 10 which has had several improvements made to the user interface including a better homescreen.
Very high background CPU (77%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory3.8 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 8.1
BIOS Date20141106
Uptime9.5 Days
Run DateSep 06 '17 at 01:39
Run Duration124 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 77%

 PC Performing as expected (44th 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 i5-4690K-$255
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
61.3% Good
SC Int 79.4
SC Float 83.2
SC Mixed 83.4
66% 82 Pts
QC Int 310
QC Float 303
QC Mixed 314
70% 309 Pts
MC Int 374
MC Float 382
MC Mixed 375
57% 377 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 61.3%
Great: 99%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$370
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 384.94
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
35.8% Below average
Lighting 110
Reflection 92.5
Parallax 113
34% 105 fps
MRender 85.1
Gravity 95.5
Splatting 79.1
37% 86.6 fps
Poor: 50%
This bench: 35.8%
Great: 72%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$90
56GB free
Firmware: EMT01B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (71st percentile)
102% Outstanding
Read 506
Write 406
Mixed 415
98% 443 MB/s
4K Read 40.4
4K Write 72.6
4K Mixed 40.8
152% 51.3 MB/s
DQ Read 302
DQ Write 173
DQ Mixed 101
112% 192 MB/s
Poor: 66%
This bench: 102%
Great: 114%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
922GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
102% Outstanding
Read 193
Write 162
Mixed 152
127% 169 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.23
4K Mixed 0.31
114% 1.15 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 102%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3 1600 C9 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
54.3% Above average
MC Read 20.1
MC Write 21.2
MC Mixed 17.6
56% 19.6 GB/s
SC Read 10.2
SC Write 14.6
SC Mixed 11.1
34% 12 GB/s
Latency 67.8
59% 67.8 ns
Poor: 32%
This bench: 54.3%
Great: 63%
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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 10,888 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 63%
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 59%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $953
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