MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht
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 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 86%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics43.5% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1680 x 1050 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime1.8 Days
Run DateMar 21 '17 at 02:41
Run Duration160 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU2%

 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 i7-6700K-$315
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
86% Excellent
SC Int 125
SC Float 127
SC Mixed 123
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 450
QC Mixed 420
96% 423 Pts
MC Int 604
MC Float 632
MC Mixed 627
93% 621 Pts
Poor: 78%
This bench: 86%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$213
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1506 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.78
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
43.5% Average
Lighting 148
Reflection 121
Parallax 131
42% 134 fps
MRender 81.9
Gravity 128
Splatting 86.5
43% 98.6 fps
Poor: 35%
This bench: 43.5%
Great: 46%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Expansion Desk 5TB
3.5TB free
Firmware: 9401
4KALIGNED
Performing as expected (48th percentile)
59.3% Above average
Read 119
Write 87.2
Mixed 94.2
75% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 3.95
4K Mixed 0.46
154% 1.7 MB/s
Poor: 16%
This bench: 59.3%
Great: 83%
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB-$82
1.5TB free
Firmware: CC43 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
87.5% Excellent
Read 133
Write 171
Mixed 125
107% 143 MB/s
4K Read 0.56
4K Write 5.38
4K Mixed 0.64
194% 2.19 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 87.5%
Great: 107%
Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 1TB-$94
486GB free
Firmware: ST6OA31B Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
44.7% Average
Read 78.9
Write 76.8
Mixed 96.2
64% 84 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 1.39
4K Mixed 0.43
95% 0.78 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 44.7%
Great: 59%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 4x4GB-$140
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
74.8% Very good
MC Read 26.4
MC Write 28.8
MC Mixed 22.8
74% 26 GB/s
SC Read 18.2
SC Write 29.7
SC Mixed 24.8
69% 24.2 GB/s
Latency 64.7
62% 64.7 ns
Poor: 72%
This bench: 74.8%
Great: 120%
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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 M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 4,766 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $977
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