MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 48%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (64th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 36 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 93.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics67.6% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load times.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory7.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160516
Uptime1.6 Days
Run DateMar 20 '17 at 19:26
Run Duration90 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing above expectations (64th 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 i5-6600K-$205
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (60th percentile)
93.3% Outstanding
SC Int 110
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 127
97% 121 Pts
QC Int 484
QC Float 507
QC Mixed 485
112% 492 Pts
MC Int 430
MC Float 495
MC Mixed 503
71% 476 Pts
Poor: 71%
This bench: 93.3%
Great: 109%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$260
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.92
Performing above expectations (85th percentile)
67.6% Good
Lighting 204
Reflection 179
Parallax 206
63% 196 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 201
Splatting 134
71% 163 fps
Poor: 52%
This bench: 67.6%
Great: 74%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Red 2TB (2012)-$84
867GB free
Firmware: 82.00A82 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (63rd percentile)
75.1% Very good
Read 144
Write 117
Mixed 126
97% 129 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 2.21
4K Mixed 0.2
85% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 75.1%
Great: 88%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$205
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
83.9% Excellent
MC Read 30
MC Write 32.2
MC Mixed 26.6
85% 29.6 GB/s
SC Read 18.6
SC Write 33.4
SC Mixed 25.7
74% 25.9 GB/s
Latency 61.4
65% 61.4 ns
Poor: 53%
This bench: 83.9%
Great: 104%
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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 2,790 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $136

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $1,082
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