MSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998)

Performance Results

Gaming 51%
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 41%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (58th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 42 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 84.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics55.6% 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 Drive18.4% is an extremely low SSD score, this system will benefit from a faster SSD.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 13 years old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Sub-optimal background CPU (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7998
MotherboardMSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998)  (all builds)
Memory3 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20160727
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJun 03 '22 at 19:45
Run Duration129 Seconds
Run User GRC-User
Background CPU 18%
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 PC Performing as expected (58th 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-$195
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz
Performing above expectations (78th percentile)
84.7% Excellent
Memory 89
1-Core 120
2-Core 240
86% 150 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 477
64% 469 Pts
64-Core 463
31% 463 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 84.7%
Great: 91%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-3GB-$230
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 473.04
Performing below potential (97th percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (69 fps cap detected)
55.6% Above average
Lighting 68.8
Reflection 69.8
Parallax 64.3
56% 67.6 fps
MRender 67.5
Gravity 69.2
Splatting 64.3
56% 67 fps
Poor: 49%
This bench: 55.6%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB-$37
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: Z320
SusWrite @10s intervals: 65 42 33 43 25 27 MB/s
Performing below potential (0th percentile) - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
18.4% Very poor
Read 46.8
Write 53.5
Mixed 5
SusWrite 39.4
8% 36.2 MB/s
4K Read 9.9
4K Write 59.4
4K Mixed 0.2
47% 23.2 MB/s
DQ Read 7.8
DQ Write 64.2
DQ Mixed 0.2
11% 24.1 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 18.4%
Great: 85%
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$50
922GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 185 189 185 188 182 181 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
108% Outstanding
Read 192
Write 192
Mixed 110
SusWrite 185
124% 170 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.2
250% 1.87 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 108%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3466 C16 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (22nd percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
72.3% Very good
MC Read 27
MC Write 28.7
MC Mixed 20.7
73% 25.5 GB/s
SC Read 15.7
SC Write 28.1
SC Mixed 22.3
63% 22 GB/s
Latency 68.5
58% 68.5 ns
Poor: 53%
This bench: 72.3%
Great: 119%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998) Builds (Compare 3,173 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 70%
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 60%

Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998) - $120

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $702
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