MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 54%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (45th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 55 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 75%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics74% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive60.5% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait 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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 8 years and 8 months 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.
Very high background CPU (34%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory11 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display3440 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20151022
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateMar 21 '17 at 01:59
Run Duration319 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 34%

 PC Performing as expected (45th 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 i7-6700-$304
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
Performing below expectations (26th percentile)
75% Very good
SC Int 96
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 102
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 341
QC Float 379
QC Mixed 368
82% 363 Pts
MC Int 521
MC Float 609
MC Mixed 607
86% 579 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 75%
Great: 89%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390X-$529
CLim: 1080 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 17.2.1
Performing way above expectations (85th percentile)
74% Very good
Lighting 212
Reflection 168
Parallax 314
77% 231 fps
MRender 136
Gravity 188
Splatting 188
72% 171 fps
Poor: 61%
This bench: 74%
Great: 76%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 840 Evo 250GB-$158
65GB free
Firmware: EXT0BB6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
60.5% Good
Read 493
Write 326
Mixed 336
85% 385 MB/s
4K Read 27.1
4K Write 29.3
4K Mixed 9.83
69% 22.1 MB/s
DQ Read 23.8
DQ Write 23.5
DQ Mixed 9.68
11% 19 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 60.5%
Great: 95%
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB-$50
617GB free
Firmware: 1AQ10001 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing as expected (46th percentile)
60.8% Good
Read 88
Write 124
Mixed 104
80% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 1.14
4K Mixed 0.3
76% 0.65 MB/s
Poor: 39%
This bench: 60.8%
Great: 79%
Verbatim STORE N GO 16GB
14GB free, PID 4200
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
3.93% Terrible
Read 14.4
Write 3.67
Mixed 5.04
8% 7.71 MB/s
4K Read 4.29
4K Write 0.01
4K Mixed 0.006
16% 1.43 MB/s
Poor: 3%
This bench: 3.93%
Great: 10%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
78.2% Very good
MC Read 28.3
MC Write 30.5
MC Mixed 24.8
80% 27.9 GB/s
SC Read 16
SC Write 29.2
SC Mixed 22.8
65% 22.7 GB/s
Latency 65.1
62% 65.1 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 78.2%
Great: 91%
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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 3,541 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 94%
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Desktop 85%
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Workstation 65%

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,207
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