MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Gaming 64%
Desktop 60%
Workstation 36%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (48th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 52 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 73%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics69.9% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive41.5% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory4.8 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20141224
Uptime0.8 Days
Run DateJun 12 '17 at 17:31
Run Duration114 Seconds
Run User SAU-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing as expected (48th 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 i5-4590-$285
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (37th percentile)
73% Very good
SC Int 102
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 98.2
81% 101 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 399
QC Mixed 390
90% 396 Pts
MC Int 392
MC Float 350
MC Mixed 320
53% 354 Pts
Poor: 59%
This bench: 73%
Great: 80%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 290X-$549
Sapphire(174B E289) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1020 MHz, MLim: 1375 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 17.6.1
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
69.9% Good
Lighting 216
Reflection 157
Parallax 274
73% 215 fps
MRender 127
Gravity 179
Splatting 175
67% 160 fps
Poor: 57%
This bench: 69.9%
Great: 73%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Corsair Force LS 240GB-$96
53GB free
Firmware: SAFC01.6 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
41.5% Average
Read 506
Write 165
Mixed 322
73% 331 MB/s
4K Read 25
4K Write 1.99
4K Mixed 1.8
41% 9.6 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 41.5%
Great: 87%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$46
136GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
99% Outstanding
Read 197
Write 148
Mixed 156
126% 167 MB/s
4K Read 1.15
4K Write 2.36
4K Mixed 0.26
121% 1.26 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 99%
Great: 105%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866 C9 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 1400 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (45th percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled
47% Average
MC Read 16.4
MC Write 17.6
MC Mixed 14.1
46% 16 GB/s
SC Read 13.2
SC Write 14.8
SC Mixed 13.9
40% 14 GB/s
Latency 71.3
56% 71.3 ns
Poor: 31%
This bench: 47%
Great: 68%
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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 3 (MS-7918) Builds (Compare 3,426 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 63%
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 59%

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $974
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