MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 48%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (54th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 46 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 82.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics76.5% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive78.2% 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 VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (20%). 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 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 04:08
Run Duration83 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 20%

 PC Performing as expected (54th 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-$189
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
82.2% Excellent
SC Int 108
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 113
90% 113 Pts
QC Int 411
QC Float 445
QC Mixed 428
97% 428 Pts
MC Int 414
MC Float 448
MC Mixed 426
64% 429 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 82.2%
Great: 86%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 Fury-$495
CLim: 1000 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 17.2.1
Performing way below expectations (12th percentile)
76.5% Very good
Lighting 222
Reflection 137
Parallax 301
77% 220 fps
MRender 116
Gravity 223
Splatting 161
64% 167 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 76.5%
Great: 92%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 525GB-$150
366GB free
Firmware: M0CR040 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
78.2% Very good
Read 483
Write 334
Mixed 339
85% 385 MB/s
4K Read 26.7
4K Write 75.7
4K Mixed 23.3
110% 41.9 MB/s
DQ Read 27.9
DQ Write 220
DQ Mixed 39.8
56% 96 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 78.2%
Great: 87%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$136
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
102% Outstanding
MC Read 37
MC Write 42.1
MC Mixed 30.6
104% 36.6 GB/s
SC Read 20.4
SC Write 37.8
SC Mixed 28
82% 28.7 GB/s
Latency 53
75% 53 ns
Poor: 59%
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 2,598 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $146

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,075
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