MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (48th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 52 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 97.1%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics47.4% 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 VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory12.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161221
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateJul 08 '18 at 22:40
Run Duration105 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing as expected (48th 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 i5-6600K-$216
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (81st percentile)
97.1% Outstanding
SC Int 133
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 134
109% 136 Pts
QC Int 464
QC Float 530
QC Mixed 504
113% 499 Pts
MC Int 503
MC Float 533
MC Mixed 505
77% 514 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 97.1%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 280X-$210
MSI(1462 2775) 3GB
CLim: 1020 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 18.6.1
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
47.4% Average
Lighting 148
Reflection 85.4
Parallax 199
52% 144 fps
MRender 65.8
Gravity 144
Splatting 93.9
44% 101 fps
Poor: 34%
This bench: 47.4%
Great: 52%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$65
740GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 17 43 16 17 7.6 95 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
53.7% Above average
Read 154
Write 149
Mixed 104
SusWrite 32.5
82% 110 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
219% 1.73 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 53.7%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB-$219
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (38th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
72.4% Very good
MC Read 26.1
MC Write 26.6
MC Mixed 23.1
72% 25.3 GB/s
SC Read 17.4
SC Write 26.4
SC Mixed 23.7
64% 22.5 GB/s
Latency 62.9
64% 62.9 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 72.4%
Great: 89%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 4,624 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $1,071
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