MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 44%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 62%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (54th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 46 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 89.1%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics39.5% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive82.9% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (19%). 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)
Memory29.8 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170424
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 25 '17 at 09:12
Run Duration144 Seconds
Run User IND-User
Background CPU 19%

 PC Performing as expected (54th 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-$300
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
89.1% Excellent
SC Int 124
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 121
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 440
QC Float 488
QC Mixed 443
104% 457 Pts
MC Int 626
MC Float 712
MC Mixed 674
100% 671 Pts
Poor: 80%
This bench: 89.1%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti-$155
CLim: 2012 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.5
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
39.5% Below average
Lighting 121
Reflection 84.8
Parallax 122
38% 109 fps
MRender 81.3
Gravity 117
Splatting 85.8
41% 94.8 fps
Poor: 36%
This bench: 39.5%
Great: 43%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 500GB-$140
414GB free
Firmware: X41100WD Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
82.9% Excellent
Read 493
Write 238
Mixed 274
74% 335 MB/s
4K Read 34.5
4K Write 80
4K Mixed 22
123% 45.5 MB/s
DQ Read 371
DQ Write 199
DQ Mixed 45.2
98% 205 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 82.9%
Great: 84%
Seagate Barracuda 4TB (2016)-$100
991GB free
Firmware: 0001 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5980 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (39th percentile)
85.5% Excellent
Read 147
Write 151
Mixed 131
107% 143 MB/s
4K Read 0.61
4K Write 1.97
4K Mixed 0.24
89% 0.94 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 85.5%
Great: 102%
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016)-$80
617GB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
76.4% Very good
Read 161
Write 106
Mixed 124
98% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.18
65% 0.66 MB/s
Poor: 72%
This bench: 76.4%
Great: 110%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C16 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing above expectations (78th percentile)
81.7% Excellent
MC Read 28.7
MC Write 31.2
MC Mixed 26
82% 28.6 GB/s
SC Read 19.3
SC Write 33.7
SC Mixed 26.5
76% 26.5 GB/s
Latency 65.3
61% 65.3 ns
Poor: 66%
This bench: 81.7%
Great: 117%
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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 2,766 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $136

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $1,127
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