MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (56th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 44 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 81.7%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics66.7% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive67.9% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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 (13%). 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)
Memory5.1 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150810
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMar 20 '17 at 12:49
Run Duration110 Seconds
Run User ROU-User
Background CPU 13%

 PC Performing as expected (56th 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 i7-6700K-$314
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
81.7% Excellent
SC Int 114
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 117
93% 116 Pts
QC Int 391
QC Float 418
QC Mixed 392
91% 400 Pts
MC Int 616
MC Float 698
MC Mixed 653
98% 656 Pts
Poor: 81%
This bench: 81.7%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390-$304
CLim: 1040 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 17.3.2
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
66.7% Good
Lighting 190
Reflection 151
Parallax 267
68% 203 fps
MRender 130
Gravity 166
Splatting 179
66% 158 fps
Poor: 57%
This bench: 66.7%
Great: 71%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB-$95
31GB free
Firmware: 605ABBF2 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
67.9% Good
Read 514
Write 214
Mixed 271
73% 333 MB/s
4K Read 21.4
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 11.5
101% 44.8 MB/s
DQ Read 33
DQ Write 222
DQ Mixed 12.7
44% 89.2 MB/s
Poor: 36%
This bench: 67.9%
Great: 78%
Samsung HD502HJ 500GB-$50
77GB free
Firmware: 1AJ10001 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (69th percentile)
69% Good
Read 116
Write 124
Mixed 105
86% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.4
102% 0.98 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 69%
Great: 79%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2666 C15 2x4GB-$91
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing as expected (56th percentile)
86.6% Excellent
MC Read 33
MC Write 33.1
MC Mixed 24.5
86% 30.2 GB/s
SC Read 19.7
SC Write 35.6
SC Mixed 26.7
78% 27.3 GB/s
Latency 54.5
73% 54.5 ns
Poor: 49%
This bench: 86.6%
Great: 97%
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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 2,377 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $131

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,081
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