MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 63%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat
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 81.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics106% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 8 years and 10 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Sub-optimal background CPU (16%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
8 months ago, 8 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory21.9 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20160121
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateSep 14 '17 at 10:34
Run Duration81 Seconds
Run User ARE-User
Background CPU 16%

 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 i7-6700-$304
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
81.2% Excellent
SC Int 107
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 110
88% 111 Pts
QC Int 376
QC Float 424
QC Mixed 403
91% 401 Pts
MC Int 570
MC Float 642
MC Mixed 622
91% 611 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 81.2%
Great: 89%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980 Ti-$550
Asus(1043 855B) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1800 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 378.78
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
106% Outstanding
Lighting 342
Reflection 310
Parallax 350
106% 334 fps
MRender 204
Gravity 313
Splatting 212
106% 243 fps
Poor: 66%
This bench: 106%
Great: 113%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$58
1TB free
Firmware: CC26 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
89.2% Excellent
Read 165
Write 147
Mixed 105
103% 139 MB/s
4K Read 0.73
4K Write 1.51
4K Mixed 0.23
84% 0.82 MB/s
Poor: 67%
This bench: 89.2%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C16 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (28th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
73.9% Very good
MC Read 25.7
MC Write 28.9
MC Mixed 23.9
75% 26.2 GB/s
SC Read 16.7
SC Write 28
SC Mixed 22.5
64% 22.4 GB/s
Latency 70.4
57% 70.4 ns
Poor: 69%
This bench: 73.9%
Great: 147%
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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 7,606 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,214
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