MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 82.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics74.6% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive84.8% 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.
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (14%). 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)
Memory13.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display2560 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161017
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateMar 21 '17 at 02:28
Run Duration83 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 14%

 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 i5-7500-$188
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
82.3% Excellent
SC Int 105
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 113
89% 111 Pts
QC Int 413
QC Float 441
QC Mixed 429
97% 428 Pts
MC Int 415
MC Float 449
MC Mixed 427
64% 430 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 82.3%
Great: 86%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 Fury-$420
CLim: 1000 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 17.2.1
Performing below expectations (25th percentile)
74.6% Very good
Lighting 223
Reflection 138
Parallax 302
78% 221 fps
MRender 116
Gravity 223
Splatting 162
72% 167 fps
Poor: 44%
This bench: 74.6%
Great: 86%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 525GB-$139
366GB free
Firmware: M0CR040 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
84.8% Excellent
Read 484
Write 334
Mixed 338
85% 386 MB/s
4K Read 27
4K Write 75.8
4K Mixed 23.3
111% 42 MB/s
DQ Read 319
DQ Write 221
DQ Mixed 41.9
93% 194 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 84.8%
Great: 87%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$164
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
102% Outstanding
MC Read 37
MC Write 41.9
MC Mixed 30.7
104% 36.5 GB/s
SC Read 20.4
SC Write 38.2
SC Mixed 28.1
83% 28.9 GB/s
Latency 52.4
76% 52.4 ns
Poor: 60%
This bench: 102%
Great: 107%
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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 2,876 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: $1,076
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