MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 44%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (43rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 57 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 90.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics40.6% 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 Drive61.9% 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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory13.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit kleuren
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateApr 21 '17 at 18:44
Run Duration91 Seconds
Run User NLD-User
Background CPU10%

 PC Performing as expected (43rd 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-$319
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (48th percentile)
90.8% Outstanding
SC Int 125
SC Float 136
SC Mixed 129
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 399
QC Float 459
QC Mixed 436
98% 432 Pts
MC Int 672
MC Float 767
MC Mixed 726
108% 722 Pts
Poor: 78%
This bench: 90.8%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$213
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
MaxC: 1392 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 378.92
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
40.6% Average
Lighting 134
Reflection 112
Parallax 124
39% 123 fps
MRender 84.1
Gravity 118
Splatting 80
43% 94 fps
Poor: 35%
This bench: 40.6%
Great: 45%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial BX200 960GB-$220
525GB free
Firmware: MU02.6 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (32nd percentile)
61.9% Good
Read 474
Write 242
Mixed 262
72% 326 MB/s
4K Read 25.2
4K Write 59.1
4K Mixed 14.9
89% 33.1 MB/s
DQ Read 31.5
DQ Write 70.4
DQ Mixed 14.5
21% 38.8 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 61.9%
Great: 78%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown BLS8G4D240FSA.16FADG 859B BLS8G4D240FSA.16FARG 16GB
2400, 2400 MHz
8192, 8192 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
81.5% Excellent
MC Read 29.3
MC Write 31.3
MC Mixed 25.2
82% 28.6 GB/s
SC Read 19.3
SC Write 33.7
SC Mixed 24.3
74% 25.8 GB/s
Latency 62.9
64% 62.9 ns
Poor: 48%
This bench: 81.5%
Great: 85%
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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 2,239 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) - $100

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $991
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