MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming 27%
Desktop 22%
Workstation 19%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (24th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 76 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 17.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics59.6% 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 Drive31.8% 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.
High background CPU (24%). 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 09:25
Run Duration124 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 24%

 PC Performing below expectations (24th 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-$323
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
17.2% Very poor
SC Int 24.2
SC Float 25.2
SC Mixed 25
20% 24.8 Pts
QC Int 91.8
QC Float 123
QC Mixed 83.2
22% 99.5 Pts
MC Int 102
MC Float 122
MC Mixed 124
17% 116 Pts
Poor: 75%
This bench: 17.2%
Great: 105%
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 (21st percentile)
59.6% Above average
Lighting 147
Reflection 149
Parallax 189
50% 161 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 183
Splatting 124
67% 154 fps
Poor: 50%
This bench: 59.6%
Great: 72%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX100 256GB-$116
204GB free
Firmware: MU01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Relative performance (0th percentile)
31.8% Below average
Read 491
Write 72.9
Mixed 130
50% 231 MB/s
4K Read 16.3
4K Write 1.85
4K Mixed 1.89
28% 6.68 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 31.8%
Great: 95%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
584GB free, PID 0212
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (66th percentile)
36.3% Below average
Read 87.7
Write 85.2
Mixed 62.4
98% 78.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 1.58
4K Mixed 0.21
62% 0.75 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-$173
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
44% Average
MC Read 16.2
MC Write 16.1
MC Mixed 19.4
49% 17.2 GB/s
SC Read 5.8
SC Write 8.9
SC Mixed 8.3
22% 7.67 GB/s
Latency 193
21% 193 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 44%
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 6,883 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 65%

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

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