MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 30%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 26%
Raft
Workstation
Workstation 20%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (32nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 68 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 a relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 19.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics62.5% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive33.1% 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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory14 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 09:30
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU2%

 PC Performing below expectations (32nd 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-$359
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 1.05 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
19.9% Very poor
SC Int 24.4
SC Float 35.6
SC Mixed 37.1
26% 32.4 Pts
QC Int 88.4
QC Float 88.4
QC Mixed 82.8
20% 86.5 Pts
MC Int 124
MC Float 148
MC Mixed 136
20% 136 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 19.9%
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 as expected (50th percentile)
62.5% Good
Lighting 155
Reflection 165
Parallax 213
54% 178 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 188
Splatting 133
68% 159 fps
Poor: 48%
This bench: 62.5%
Great: 70%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX100 256GB-$116
204GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Relative performance (0th percentile)
33.1% Below average
Read 507
Write 74.9
Mixed 129
51% 237 MB/s
4K Read 17.6
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1.79
30% 7.18 MB/s
Poor: 59%
This bench: 33.1%
Great: 99%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
584GB free, PID 0212
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
36.6% Below average
Read 88.9
Write 85.7
Mixed 80
108% 84.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 1.59
4K Mixed 0.21
63% 0.76 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 36.6%
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 (8th percentile)
47.1% Average
MC Read 18.1
MC Write 16.4
MC Mixed 20.5
52% 18.3 GB/s
SC Read 6.1
SC Write 9.6
SC Mixed 8.8
23% 8.17 GB/s
Latency 152
26% 152 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 47.1%
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 8,162 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: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,183
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