Asus Z97-A

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (78th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 22 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 86%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics54.9% 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)
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
MotherboardAsus Z97-A  (all builds)
Memory3.8 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.9 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150212
Uptime0 Days
Run DateApr 21 '19 at 18:07
Run Duration125 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing above expectations (78th 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-$189
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
86% Excellent
Memory 95.5
1-Core 110
2-Core 221
84% 142 Pts
4-Core 443
8-Core 442
60% 442 Pts
64-Core 441
30% 441 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 86%
Great: 91%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.31
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
54.9% Above average
Lighting 68.6
Reflection 66.6
Parallax 68.1
56% 67.7 fps
MRender 73.4
Gravity 63.1
Splatting 53.7
42% 63.4 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 54.9%
Great: 58%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 120GB-$78
23GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 472
Write 448
Mixed 351
94% 424 MB/s
4K Read 39
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 60.5
203% 74.8 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 347
DQ Mixed 309
247% 345 MB/s
Poor: 68% Great: 115%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$40
238GB free
Firmware: CC45
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 127 129 129 128 130 MB/s
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
91.2% Outstanding
Read 194
Write 178
Mixed 84.3
SusWrite 124
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 91.2%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Sniper DDR3 1866 C9 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1867 MHz
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
71.4% Very good
MC Read 25.5
MC Write 26.5
MC Mixed 22.7
71% 24.9 GB/s
SC Read 18.7
SC Write 21.2
SC Mixed 22.2
59% 20.7 GB/s
Latency 55.6
72% 55.6 ns
Poor: 32%
This bench: 71.4%
Great: 71%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z97-A Builds (Compare 5,454 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $908
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HDDRAMUSB
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