MSI H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 22%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 21%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard
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 an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 17.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics42.1% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 9 years old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Sub-optimal background CPU (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC). CPU throttled at 5% by Windows. Ensure maximum processor state is set to 100% via Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings > Processor power management > Maximum processor state.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7918
MotherboardMSI H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918)  (all builds)
Memory11.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display2048 x 1536 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20150528
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateMay 16 '18 at 16:05
Run Duration95 Seconds
Run User SRB-User
Background CPU 18%
CPU Throttled 5%

 PC Performing below expectations (21st 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
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
17.3% Very poor
SC Int 23.1
SC Float 23.9
SC Mixed 23.4
19% 23.5 Pts
QC Int 88.9
QC Float 90.7
QC Mixed 90.5
20% 90 Pts
MC Int 91.4
MC Float 88.9
MC Mixed 91.3
14% 90.5 Pts
Poor: 58%
This bench: 17.3%
Great: 98%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 380X-$226
Asus(1043 04F5) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1030 MHz, MLim: 1425 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 18.2.1
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
42.1% Average
Lighting 47
Reflection 74.5
Parallax 212
33% 111 fps
MRender 108
Gravity 142
Splatting 86.5
49% 112 fps
Poor: 38%
This bench: 42.1%
Great: 53%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2015)-$45
43GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (60th percentile)
71.7% Very good
Read 140
Write 110
Mixed 109
90% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.33
4K Write 1.58
4K Mixed 0.21
66% 0.71 MB/s
Poor: 41%
This bench: 71.7%
Great: 88%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 C10 4x4GB
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing way below expectations (14th percentile)
44.2% Average
MC Read 16.6
MC Write 16.5
MC Mixed 18.7
49% 17.3 GB/s
SC Read 6.2
SC Write 4.6
SC Mixed 6.7
17% 5.83 GB/s
Latency 118
34% 118 ns
Poor: 36%
This bench: 44.2%
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 H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) Builds (Compare 2,693 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
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Desktop
Desktop 62%
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Workstation
Workstation 41%
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Motherboard: MSI H97 GAMING 3 (MS-7918) - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $855
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