MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 37%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (56th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 44 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 80.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics54.6% 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)
Boot Drive90.6% 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 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (20%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7917
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)  (all builds)
Memory4 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20140731
Uptime17.9 Days
Run DateJul 01 '19 at 21:30
Run Duration128 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 20%

 PC Performing as expected (56th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-4790K-$348
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
80.8% Excellent
Memory 92.2
1-Core 118
2-Core 208
83% 139 Pts
4-Core 374
8-Core 585
61% 480 Pts
64-Core 596
40% 596 Pts
Poor: 69%
This bench: 80.8%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
54.6% Above average
Lighting 69.5
Reflection 69.2
Parallax 61.7
56% 66.8 fps
MRender 72.3
Gravity 64.1
Splatting 54.9
53% 63.8 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 54.6%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Plextor M6S 256GB-$166
63GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 233 328 360 344 383 332 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
90.6% Outstanding
Read 425
Write 364
Mixed 262
SusWrite 330
78% 345 MB/s
4K Read 28.7
4K Write 78.3
4K Mixed 31.8
126% 46.3 MB/s
DQ Read 368
DQ Write 313
DQ Mixed 214
195% 298 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 90.6%
Great: 104%
Seagate Portable 250GB
160GB free, PID 2300
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 36 41 41 40 41 41 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
18.7% Very poor
Read 40
Write 37.7
Mixed 27
SusWrite 40.1
49% 36.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
70% 0.83 MB/s
Poor: 9%
This bench: 18.7%
Great: 19%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600 C8 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
31.1% Below average
MC Read 11
MC Write 10.1
MC Mixed 8.4
28% 9.83 GB/s
SC Read 8.4
SC Write 9.5
SC Mixed 8.9
26% 8.93 GB/s
Latency 63.7
63% 63.7 ns
Poor: 32%
This bench: 31.1%
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 13,183 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

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