MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (70th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 30 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 74.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics42.8% 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 Drive80.4% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 8 years and 10 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Very high background CPU (45%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory6.7 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20161221
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateFeb 07 '18 at 15:12
Run Duration142 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU 45%

 PC Performing above expectations (70th 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 i5-6400-$174
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.7 GHz
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
74.9% Very good
SC Int 99.1
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 103
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 379
QC Float 402
QC Mixed 389
88% 390 Pts
MC Int 380
MC Float 403
MC Mixed 392
59% 392 Pts
Poor: 54%
This bench: 74.9%
Great: 75%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$200
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.65
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
42.8% Average
Lighting 146
Reflection 118
Parallax 130
43% 131 fps
MRender 83.3
Gravity 125
Splatting 84.7
42% 97.6 fps
Poor: 32%
This bench: 42.8%
Great: 45%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 275GB-$83
189GB free
Firmware: M0C Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
80.4% Excellent
Read 481
Write 284
Mixed 300
78% 355 MB/s
4K Read 28.7
4K Write 81.1
4K Mixed 25.4
119% 45.1 MB/s
DQ Read 194
DQ Write 177
DQ Mixed 29.1
65% 133 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 80.4%
Great: 80%
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016)-$44
621GB free
Firmware: CC46 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (39th percentile)
91.6% Outstanding
Read 173
Write 147
Mixed 151
118% 157 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 1.81
4K Mixed 0.23
84% 0.88 MB/s
Poor: 72%
This bench: 91.6%
Great: 107%
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB-$92
728GB free
Firmware: 1AJ1 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
60.3% Good
Read 100
Write 110
Mixed 106
79% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 2.73
4K Mixed 0.36
111% 1.19 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 60.3%
Great: 83%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 C16 2x4GB-$35
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing above expectations (81st percentile)
80% Very good
MC Read 28.9
MC Write 31.9
MC Mixed 24.3
81% 28.4 GB/s
SC Read 17.1
SC Write 31.5
SC Mixed 24.3
69% 24.3 GB/s
Latency 66.6
60% 66.6 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 80%
Great: 83%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 3,734 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,204
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