MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 29%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 23%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (22nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 78 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 19.6%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics61.6% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive33.3% 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 09:39
Run Duration126 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU5%

 PC Performing below expectations (22nd 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 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
19.6% Very poor
SC Int 24.5
SC Float 25.6
SC Mixed 25.1
20% 25.1 Pts
QC Int 88.9
QC Float 96
QC Mixed 92.1
21% 92.3 Pts
MC Int 133
MC Float 139
MC Mixed 224
25% 165 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 19.6%
Great: 106%
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 (34th percentile)
61.6% Good
Lighting 153
Reflection 169
Parallax 196
52% 173 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 188
Splatting 134
69% 159 fps
Poor: 51%
This bench: 61.6%
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
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
33.3% Below average
Read 506
Write 74.9
Mixed 130
51% 237 MB/s
4K Read 18
4K Write 2.05
4K Mixed 1.97
31% 7.34 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 33.3%
Great: 95%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
584GB free, PID 0212
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (66th percentile)
36.4% Below average
Read 87.3
Write 85.3
Mixed 83.5
110% 85.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 1.62
4K Mixed 0.21
64% 0.76 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 36.4%
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 (9th percentile)
57.7% Above average
MC Read 22.8
MC Write 25.9
MC Mixed 20.6
66% 23.1 GB/s
SC Read 6.4
SC Write 9.4
SC Mixed 8.8
23% 8.2 GB/s
Latency 172
23% 172 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 57.7%
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 7,257 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,209
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