MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (59th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 41 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 85.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics105% 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 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.
Memory12GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's more than sufficient for nearly all games. 12GB 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 (12%). 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)
Memory9.2 GB free of 12 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit couleurs
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 12 '17 at 12:19
Run Duration83 Seconds
Run User FRA-User
Background CPU 12%

 PC Performing as expected (59th 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 i5-6600-$225
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
85.8% Excellent
SC Int 109
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 117
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 434
QC Float 466
QC Mixed 450
102% 450 Pts
MC Int 437
MC Float 460
MC Mixed 427
66% 442 Pts
Poor: 62%
This bench: 85.8%
Great: 87%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$410
CLim: 1999 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 385.41
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
105% Outstanding
Lighting 335
Reflection 297
Parallax 310
101% 314 fps
MRender 206
Gravity 308
Splatting 236
108% 250 fps
Poor: 88%
This bench: 105%
Great: 111%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016)-$45
408GB free
Firmware: CC43 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
76.3% Very good
Read 124
Write 142
Mixed 147
104% 138 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 1.34
4K Mixed 0.31
82% 0.73 MB/s
Poor: 70%
This bench: 76.3%
Great: 109%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown CMK4GX4M1A2400C14 Kingston KHX2400C15D4/4G 029E CMK4GX4M1A2400C14 12GB
2133, 2133, 2133 MHz
4096, 4096, 4096 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
73.6% Very good
MC Read 27.3
MC Write 29.4
MC Mixed 22.3
75% 26.3 GB/s
SC Read 15.1
SC Write 24.9
SC Mixed 21.2
58% 20.4 GB/s
Latency 65.3
61% 65.3 ns
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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 2,874 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,092
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