MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop 122%
Workstation 71%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (56th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 44 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 82.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics79.9% 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 Drive292% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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.
High background CPU (26%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory13.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170515
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 18 '17 at 00:30
Run Duration114 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 26%

 PC Performing as expected (56th 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 i5-6600K-$224
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (37th percentile)
82.3% Excellent
SC Int 123
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 128
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 388
QC Float 416
QC Mixed 393
90% 399 Pts
MC Int 456
MC Float 492
MC Mixed 510
73% 486 Pts
Poor: 69%
This bench: 82.3%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-$500
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 384.76
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
79.9% Very good
Lighting 251
Reflection 231
Parallax 253
78% 245 fps
MRender 174
Gravity 230
Splatting 162
81% 189 fps
Poor: 56%
This bench: 79.9%
Great: 88%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$238
427GB free
Firmware: 2B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
292% Outstanding
Read 2,739
Write 1,386
Mixed 1,464
409% 1,863 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 162
4K Mixed 56.7
251% 93.2 MB/s
DQ Read 567
DQ Write 425
DQ Mixed 33.6
151% 342 MB/s
Poor: 175%
This bench: 292%
Great: 278%
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$139
420GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (60th percentile)
100% Outstanding
Read 518
Write 413
Mixed 423
100% 451 MB/s
4K Read 48.7
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 30.4
172% 63.5 MB/s
DQ Read 48.7
DQ Write 121
DQ Mixed 60.2
53% 76.6 MB/s
Poor: 71%
This bench: 100%
Great: 116%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$173
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
47.5% Average
MC Read 16.2
MC Write 16.3
MC Mixed 14.3
45% 15.6 GB/s
SC Read 13.4
SC Write 17.1
SC Mixed 16.1
44% 15.5 GB/s
Latency 60.7
66% 60.7 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 47.5%
Great: 87%
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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 6,898 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 65%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,193
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