MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (64th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 36 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 82.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics53% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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 (16%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7984
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984)  (all builds)
Memory11.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150902
Uptime7 Days
Run DateFeb 22 '21 at 10:26
Run Duration162 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 16%

 PC Performing above expectations (64th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6600K-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
82.8% Excellent
Memory 97.3
1-Core 118
2-Core 233
88% 150 Pts
4-Core 392
8-Core 416
55% 404 Pts
64-Core 424
28% 424 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 82.8%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 461.40
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
53% Above average
Lighting 64.1
Reflection 74.3
Parallax 0.2
52% 46.2 fps
MRender 66.9
Gravity 67.6
Splatting 44.3
54% 59.6 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 53%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 320GB-$35
285GB free
Firmware: JC66
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 106 106 99 107 106 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
58.8% Above average
Read 99.8
Write 100
Mixed 61.3
SusWrite 105
67% 91.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
176% 1.2 MB/s
Poor: 21%
This bench: 58.8%
Great: 59%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$34
447GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CC45
SusWrite @10s intervals: 21 27 27 8 9.6 15 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
10.9% Very poor
Read 20.2
Write 42.7
Mixed 18.5
SusWrite 17.8
18% 24.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.2
38% 0.3 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 10.9%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$240
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing above expectations (71st percentile)
97.1% Outstanding
MC Read 34.5
MC Write 38.6
MC Mixed 29.7
98% 34.3 GB/s
SC Read 21.9
SC Write 36.9
SC Mixed 28.2
83% 29 GB/s
Latency 49.2
81% 49.2 ns
Poor: 60%
This bench: 97.1%
Great: 110%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984) Builds (Compare 2,102 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984) - $174

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 50% - Above average Total price: $1,057
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