MSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 35%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 27%
Raft
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 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 65.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics57.7% 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 DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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.
High background CPU (23%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI Z97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory12.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20140724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 11 '21 at 03:24
Run Duration230 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 23%
Watch Gameplay: 1060-6GB + 9600K How to compare your gameplay

 PC Performing below expectations (27th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-4460-$95
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
65.7% Good
Memory 81
1-Core 95.5
2-Core 192
72% 123 Pts
4-Core 284
8-Core 342
42% 313 Pts
64-Core 362
24% 362 Pts
Poor: 55%
This bench: 65.7%
Great: 78%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB-$290
CLim: 2012 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 466.11
Performing below potential (79th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
57.7% Above average
Lighting 72.1
Reflection 77.9
Parallax 70.7
58% 73.6 fps
MRender 66.8
Gravity 72.2
Splatting 0.3
57% 46.4 fps
Poor: 52%
This bench: 57.7%
Great: 61%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Green 2TB (2011)-$100
2TB free (System drive)
Firmware: 50.0AB50
SusWrite @10s intervals: 7 9.6 8.6 17 14 14 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
14.5% Very poor
Read 39
Write 11.2
Mixed 49.3
SusWrite 11.7
21% 27.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.1
4K Mixed 0
6% 0.07 MB/s
Poor: 31%
This bench: 14.5%
Great: 68%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1600 C9 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz clocked @ 1333 MHz
Performing below potential (6th percentile) - Ensure that the top XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
28.4% Poor
MC Read 9.2
MC Write 9.5
MC Mixed 8.3
26% 9 GB/s
SC Read 8.3
SC Write 10.1
SC Mixed 8.8
26% 9.07 GB/s
Latency 78.7
51% 78.7 ns
Poor: 28%
This bench: 28.4%
Great: 62%

 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 4,182 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $923
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