MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 42%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (54th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 46 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 75.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics38.8% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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)
Boot Drive92.5% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times.
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 VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (14%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory2.5 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150810
Uptime4 Days
Run DateMar 03 '17 at 03:40
Run Duration117 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 14%

 PC Performing as expected (54th 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 i5-6500-$172
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (69th percentile)
75.8% Very good
SC Int 98.9
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 101
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 390
QC Float 418
QC Mixed 398
91% 402 Pts
MC Int 388
MC Float 416
MC Mixed 404
60% 403 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 75.8%
Great: 80%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$200
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 376.53
Performing below expectations (25th percentile)
38.8% Below average
Lighting 131
Reflection 110
Parallax 118
39% 119 fps
MRender 75.7
Gravity 114
Splatting 78.7
39% 89.4 fps
Poor: 37%
This bench: 38.8%
Great: 45%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 120GB-$73
11GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (44th percentile)
92.5% Outstanding
Read 503
Write 395
Mixed 399
96% 432 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 87.8
4K Mixed 23.9
142% 51.6 MB/s
DQ Read 44
DQ Write 255
DQ Mixed 23.9
55% 108 MB/s
Poor: 71%
This bench: 92.5%
Great: 115%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$47
359GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
88.4% Excellent
Read 174
Write 135
Mixed 130
110% 146 MB/s
4K Read 0.74
4K Write 2.24
4K Mixed 0.28
104% 1.09 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 88.4%
Great: 104%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 C16 2x4GB-$84
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
79.5% Very good
MC Read 29.6
MC Write 31.6
MC Mixed 24.4
82% 28.5 GB/s
SC Read 16.4
SC Write 29.2
SC Mixed 22.5
65% 22.7 GB/s
Latency 67.8
59% 67.8 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 79.5%
Great: 83%
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 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 2,917 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,067
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