MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 20%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (44th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 56 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 61.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics26.5% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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)
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.
Very high background CPU (81%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
11 months ago, 1 month ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161017
Uptime0 Days
Run DateAug 04 '20 at 04:23
Run Duration126 Seconds
Run User MYS-User
Background CPU 81%

 PC Performing as expected (44th percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-7600-$230
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
61.2% Good
Memory 75.7
1-Core 84
2-Core 149
62% 103 Pts
4-Core 270
8-Core 279
37% 275 Pts
64-Core 277
19% 277 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 61.2%
Great: 87%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 950-$170
MSI(1462 320A) 2GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1652 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 391.35
Performing below potential (54th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
26.5% Poor
Lighting 106
Reflection 86.3
Parallax 96.8
28% 96.2 fps
MRender 77.2
Gravity 94.1
Splatting 73
26% 81.4 fps
Poor: 24%
This bench: 26.5%
Great: 29%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Transcend MTS800 M.2 128GB-$95
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: O1225G
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 450
Write 184
Mixed 218
62% 284 MB/s
4K Read 29.3
4K Write 58.1
4K Mixed 26.9
110% 38.1 MB/s
DQ Read 258
DQ Write 128
DQ Mixed 154
125% 180 MB/s
Poor: 52% Great: 85%
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016)-$68
1.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 140 130 138 133 128 MB/s
Performing as expected (44th percentile)
91.1% Outstanding
Read 184
Write 144
Mixed 84.3
SusWrite 134
100% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
146% 1 MB/s
Poor: 57%
This bench: 91.1%
Great: 115%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair ValueSelect DDR4 2133 C15 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing above expectations (71st percentile)
72.6% Very good
MC Read 26
MC Write 29.4
MC Mixed 24.8
76% 26.7 GB/s
SC Read 11.6
SC Write 26.5
SC Mixed 18.8
54% 19 GB/s
Latency 89
45% 89 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 72.6%
Great: 80%

 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 1,733 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 56% - Above average Total price: $903
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