MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 117%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 99%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way above expectations (88th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 12 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. This PC is likely operated by a technical master!
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle typical workstation, and even moderate server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 104%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics137% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive78.4% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161221
Uptime4.3 Days
Run DateMar 19 '17 at 14:21
Run Duration136 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing way above expectations (88th 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 i7-6700K-$314
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
104% Outstanding
SC Int 140
SC Float 146
SC Mixed 143
114% 143 Pts
QC Int 510
QC Float 525
QC Mixed 520
118% 518 Pts
MC Int 708
MC Float 796
MC Mixed 758
113% 754 Pts
Poor: 81%
This bench: 104%
Great: 107%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$520
CLim: 2025 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 378.78
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
137% Outstanding
Lighting 457
Reflection 399
Parallax 423
137% 426 fps
MRender 245
Gravity 432
Splatting 257
137% 311 fps
Poor: 67%
This bench: 137%
Great: 143%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial BX200 240GB-$73
155GB free
Firmware: MU02.6 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
78.4% Very good
Read 484
Write 249
Mixed 272
74% 335 MB/s
4K Read 29.1
4K Write 65.7
4K Mixed 25
111% 39.9 MB/s
DQ Read 298
DQ Write 177
DQ Mixed 28.8
78% 168 MB/s
Poor: 46%
This bench: 78.4%
Great: 78%
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016)-$75
3TB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
111% Outstanding
Read 199
Write 187
Mixed 184
143% 190 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 1.82
4K Mixed 0.19
88% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 77%
This bench: 111%
Great: 111%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$41
578GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
94.6% Outstanding
Read 177
Write 153
Mixed 150
120% 160 MB/s
4K Read 1.27
4K Write 2.23
4K Mixed 0.32
130% 1.27 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 94.6%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$163
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
98.7% Outstanding
MC Read 34.9
MC Write 38.3
MC Mixed 30.5
99% 34.6 GB/s
SC Read 22.4
SC Write 41.2
SC Mixed 30.8
90% 31.5 GB/s
Latency 51.7
77% 51.7 ns
Poor: 49%
This bench: 98.7%
Great: 102%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 2,393 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $131

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,087
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