MSI Z97-S02 (MS-7821)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 19%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 14%
Tree trunk
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (21st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 79 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 a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 60.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics32.1% 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)
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.
Very high background CPU (33%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7821
MotherboardMSI Z97-S02 (MS-7821)  (all builds)
Memory1.3 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit färger
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20141107
Uptime0.3 Days
Run DateApr 10 '21 at 15:57
Run Duration148 Seconds
Run User SWE-User
Background CPU 33%

 PC Performing below expectations (21st 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-$175
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
60.7% Good
Memory 67.9
1-Core 84.2
2-Core 168
62% 107 Pts
4-Core 304
8-Core 334
43% 319 Pts
64-Core 308
21% 308 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 60.7%
Great: 91%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 280-$185
CLim: 940 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 21.3.1
Performing below potential (50th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
32.1% Below average
Lighting 39.9
Reflection 34.4
Parallax 52.8
32% 42.4 fps
MRender 30.3
Gravity 41.6
Splatting 23.7
32% 31.9 fps
Poor: 29%
This bench: 32.1%
Great: 36%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Adata Premier Pro SP900 128GB-$40
11GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5.6.0
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
Read 201
Write 98.2
Mixed 143
32% 147 MB/s
4K Read 12
4K Write 73.3
4K Mixed 12
72% 32.4 MB/s
DQ Read 65.1
DQ Write 103
DQ Mixed 94.8
69% 87.6 MB/s
Poor: 54% Great: 77%
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
12GB free
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 421
Write 411
Mixed 340
87% 391 MB/s
4K Read 34.2
4K Write 67.3
4K Mixed 44
144% 48.5 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 336
DQ Mixed 362
270% 359 MB/s
Poor: 73% Great: 124%
Toshiba MK7559GSXF 750GB
26GB free
Firmware: GQ006B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 65 66 67 67 67 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
33.7% Below average
Read 51
Write 47
Mixed 29
SusWrite 66.4
35% 48.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.5
98% 0.77 MB/s
Poor: 23%
This bench: 33.7%
Great: 58%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600 C9 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (11th percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
34.5% Below average
MC Read 13.2
MC Write 11.3
MC Mixed 11.5
34% 12 GB/s
SC Read 8.1
SC Write 11.3
SC Mixed 9.6
28% 9.67 GB/s
Latency 106
38% 106 ns
Poor: 27%
This bench: 34.5%
Great: 62%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

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Gaming
Gaming 42%
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Desktop
Desktop 84%
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Workstation
Workstation 34%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97-S02 (MS-7821)

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