MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 19%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 108%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (61st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 39 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. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 78.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics9.14% is a very low 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can only handle very basic 3D games but it's fine for general computing tasks.
Boot Drive298% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory10.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.5 GHz
Display1680 x 1050 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160523
Uptime2.6 Days
Run DateAug 10 '18 at 21:48
Run Duration179 Seconds
Run User HRV-User
Background CPU10%

 PC Performing above expectations (61st 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 i5-6600-$200
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
78.9% Very good
SC Int 104
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 109
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 408
QC Float 445
QC Mixed 407
95% 420 Pts
MC Int 413
MC Float 434
MC Mixed 432
64% 426 Pts
Poor: 62%
This bench: 78.9%
Great: 86%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Intel HD 530 (Desktop Skylake)
MSI(1462 7970) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 21.20.16.4534
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
9.14% Terrible
Lighting 23.3
Reflection 29.7
Parallax 23.8
7% 25.6 fps
MRender 22.7
Gravity 20
Splatting 36.6
11% 26.4 fps
Poor: 5%
This bench: 9.14%
Great: 10%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$180
349GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1796 612 614 612 613 614 MB/s
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
298% Outstanding
Read 2,426
Write 2,115
Mixed 1,266
SusWrite 810
369% 1,654 MB/s
4K Read 62.8
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 86
285% 99.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,791
DQ Write 1,055
DQ Mixed 1,303
1,002% 1,383 MB/s
Poor: 202%
This bench: 298%
Great: 315%
WD Black 1TB (2010)-$70
227GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 40 22 11 16 18 16 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
14.4% Very poor
Read 29.5
Write 16
Mixed 5.3
SusWrite 20.7
13% 17.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0.2
32% 0.2 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 14.4%
Great: 75%
WD My Passport 083A 2TB
151GB free, PID 083a
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 95 96 95 95 95 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
41.3% Average
Read 97.8
Write 95.7
Mixed 57.5
SusWrite 95.4
116% 86.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
101% 1.17 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 41.3%
Great: 43%
WD Elements 1TB
70GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 64 64 63 64 64 64 MB/s
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
33.1% Below average
Read 83
Write 70.3
Mixed 52.3
SusWrite 63.8
89% 67.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.4
94% 1.07 MB/s
Poor: 11%
This bench: 33.1%
Great: 43%
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB-$80
59GB free, PID 5580
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 168 164 164 161 163 162 MB/s
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
101% Outstanding
Read 243
Write 164
Mixed 63
SusWrite 164
197% 158 MB/s
4K Read 11.1
4K Write 9.1
4K Mixed 7.9
619% 9.37 MB/s
DQ Read 12.9
DQ Write 7.5
DQ Mixed 9.2
616% 9.87 MB/s
Poor: 24%
This bench: 101%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3200 C14 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2533 MHz
Performing below potential (20th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
81.1% Excellent
MC Read 30.1
MC Write 32.3
MC Mixed 24
82% 28.8 GB/s
SC Read 17.2
SC Write 30.5
SC Mixed 22.7
67% 23.5 GB/s
Latency 60.1
67% 60.1 ns
Poor: 70%
This bench: 81.1%
Great: 115%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 1,454 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 93% - Outstanding Total price: $1,047
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