MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 70%
Workstation 60%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (68th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 32 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 96.6%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics102% 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.
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-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory13.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161221
Uptime1.4 Days
Run DateOct 13 '17 at 15:46
Run Duration154 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU3%

 PC Performing above expectations (68th 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-$306
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
96.6% Outstanding
SC Int 129
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 509
QC Float 491
QC Mixed 484
112% 495 Pts
MC Int 594
MC Float 736
MC Mixed 695
101% 675 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 96.6%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$447
CLim: 1999 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 384.94
Performing as expected (60th percentile)
102% Outstanding
Lighting 322
Reflection 300
Parallax 324
100% 315 fps
MRender 202
Gravity 288
Splatting 232
103% 241 fps
Poor: 79%
This bench: 102%
Great: 111%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Hitachi HDS725050KLA360 500GB-$37
931GB free
Firmware: K2AOAD1A Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
58.4% Above average
Read 78.4
Write 124
Mixed 129
84% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 4.3
4K Mixed 0.79
205% 2 MB/s
Poor: 19%
This bench: 58.4%
Great: 35%
Hitachi HDS725050KLA360 500GB-$37
931GB free
Firmware: K2AOAD1A Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
68.6% Good
Read 115
Write 123
Mixed 119
90% 119 MB/s
4K Read 0.87
4K Write 4.26
4K Mixed 0.8
204% 1.98 MB/s
Poor: 19%
This bench: 68.6%
Great: 35%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$46
381GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (20th percentile)
77.5% Very good
Read 144
Write 126
Mixed 111
95% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 1.92
4K Mixed 0.22
92% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 77.5%
Great: 105%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB-$188
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
74.8% Very good
MC Read 28.4
MC Write 28.9
MC Mixed 21.3
75% 26.2 GB/s
SC Read 17.5
SC Write 26.1
SC Mixed 23.6
64% 22.4 GB/s
Latency 58.8
68% 58.8 ns
Poor: 43%
This bench: 74.8%
Great: 89%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 3,975 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 80%
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Workstation 54%

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $250

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 87% - Excellent Total price: $1,189
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