MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 29%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 23%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 20%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (26th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 74 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 19.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics60.4% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive36% is low SSD score. With a better SSD this system will boot faster, make applications more responsive and reduce 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 (13%). 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)
Memory12.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160222
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJan 13 '18 at 09:09
Run Duration161 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 13%

 PC Performing below expectations (26th 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-$320
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
19.2% Very poor
SC Int 24.3
SC Float 25.5
SC Mixed 24.5
20% 24.8 Pts
QC Int 93.5
QC Float 97.1
QC Mixed 98.6
22% 96.4 Pts
MC Int 120
MC Float 214
MC Mixed 141
23% 158 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 19.2%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$370
MSI(1462 3161) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.65
Performing below expectations (29th percentile)
60.4% Good
Lighting 150
Reflection 167
Parallax 194
51% 171 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 187
Splatting 123
67% 155 fps
Poor: 48%
This bench: 60.4%
Great: 70%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX100 256GB-$116
205GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Relative performance (0th percentile)
36% Below average
Read 520
Write 74.5
Mixed 126
51% 240 MB/s
4K Read 23.5
4K Write 2.07
4K Mixed 1.93
39% 9.18 MB/s
Poor: 59%
This bench: 36%
Great: 99%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
584GB free, PID 0212
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (67th percentile)
36.3% Below average
Read 87.5
Write 84.9
Mixed 82
109% 84.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 1.63
4K Mixed 0.21
64% 0.77 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 36.3%
Great: 44%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$145
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
45.7% Average
MC Read 17.3
MC Write 16.2
MC Mixed 19.9
51% 17.8 GB/s
SC Read 6.2
SC Write 9.7
SC Mixed 9
24% 8.3 GB/s
Latency 176
23% 176 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 45.7%
Great: 88%
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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 8,157 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $1,128
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