MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (25th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 75 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 73.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics66.8% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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 (16%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory7.9 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display4096 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161216
Uptime10.2 Days
Run DateMay 02 '21 at 05:35
Run Duration361 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 16%

 PC Performing below expectations (25th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$310
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
73.5% Very good
Memory 75
1-Core 112
2-Core 203
75% 130 Pts
4-Core 388
8-Core 579
62% 483 Pts
64-Core 627
42% 627 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 73.5%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-Ti-$560
HP(103C 2B62) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 436.15
Performing below potential (2nd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
66.8% Good
Lighting 83.6
Reflection 94.5
Parallax 84.1
68% 87.4 fps
MRender 81.9
Gravity 81.8
Splatting 73.7
66% 79.1 fps
Poor: 71%
This bench: 66.8%
Great: 90%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung MZHPV256HDGL-000H1 256GB
7GB free (System drive)
Firmware: BXW24H0Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 1,342
Write 570
Mixed 564
180% 825 MB/s
4K Read 40.8
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 46.7
181% 66.6 MB/s
DQ Read 693
DQ Write 186
DQ Mixed 312
263% 397 MB/s
Poor: 67% Great: 91%
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$120
33GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 415 339 253 230 219 212 MB/s
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
104% Outstanding
Read 480
Write 469
Mixed 387
SusWrite 278
91% 403 MB/s
4K Read 35.9
4K Write 89.1
4K Mixed 50.9
167% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 379
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 356
268% 359 MB/s
Poor: 78%
This bench: 104%
Great: 133%
Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB-$137
7GB free
Firmware: 2B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 2,309
Write 2,136
Mixed 1,716
457% 2,054 MB/s
4K Read 57.6
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 77.2
261% 92 MB/s
DQ Read 1,266
DQ Write 1,063
DQ Mixed 1,225
901% 1,185 MB/s
Poor: 237% Great: 391%
WD Red 4TB (2013)-$110
1.5TB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 57 58 58 58 58 MB/s
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
60.7% Good
Read 152
Write 148
Mixed 97.8
SusWrite 58.9
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1
209% 1.63 MB/s
Poor: 47%
This bench: 60.7%
Great: 100%
Seagate IronWolf 12TB (2017)-$332
70GB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 104 107 106 107 107 107 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 37% Great: 84%
Seagate IronWolf 12TB (2017)-$332
7GB free
Firmware: 0
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 314
Write 264
Mixed 258
209% 279 MB/s
4K Read 22.1
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
1,063% 8.43 MB/s
Poor: 37% Great: 84%
Seagate IronWolf 12TB (2017)-$332
26GB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 98 98 98 97 144 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 37% Great: 84%
Seagate IronWolf 8TB (2016)-$255
18GB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 28 27 27 27 27 43 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)
17.1% Very poor
Read 28.8
Write 88.4
Mixed 48
SusWrite 29.8
36% 48.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
205% 1.57 MB/s
Poor: 27%
This bench: 17.1%
Great: 118%
WD Green 5TB (2014)-$290
27GB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 64 56 56 58 57 60 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
46.1% Average
Read 102
Write 101
Mixed 86.1
SusWrite 58.3
65% 86.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.8
166% 1.37 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 46.1%
Great: 97%
Seagate IronWolf 8TB (2016)-$255
2TB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 104 87 86 87 86 89 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 27% Great: 118%
Seagate IronWolf 12TB (2017)-$332
179GB free
Firmware: 0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 134 131 128 123 130 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 37% Great: 84%
WDC WD30 EZRX-00MMMB0 3TB
2TB free, PID 0567
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 107 109 113 110 112 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
45.4% Average
Read 108
Write 83.6
Mixed 92.3
SusWrite 110
133% 98.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
88% 1.13 MB/s
Poor: 12%
This bench: 45.4%
Great: 50%
WDC WD40 EZRZ-00WN9B0 4TB
1TB free, PID 0567
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 104 107 108 113 109 112 MB/s
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
41.4% Average
Read 73.7
Write 76.2
Mixed 65.7
SusWrite 109
113% 81.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
109% 1.33 MB/s
Poor: 20%
This bench: 41.4%
Great: 61%
WDC WD40 EZRX-00SPEB0 4TB
44GB free, PID 0567
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.4 3.1 3.2 2.1 2.7 1.7 MB/s
Performing below expectations (26th percentile)
22.8% Poor
Read 100
Write 103
Mixed 86.4
SusWrite 3
94% 73.1 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
119% 1.47 MB/s
Poor: 10%
This bench: 22.8%
Great: 61%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Hynix HMA41GU6AFR8N-TF 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
68.4% Good
MC Read 25.8
MC Write 28.3
MC Mixed 23.7
74% 25.9 GB/s
SC Read 9.9
SC Write 20.7
SC Mixed 11.2
40% 13.9 GB/s
Latency 90.4
44% 90.4 ns
Poor: 65%
This bench: 68.4%
Great: 116%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 7,995 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $967
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