MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Gaming 27%
Desktop 22%
Workstation 17%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (14th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 86 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 14.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics61.5% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive64.7% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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 VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Very high background CPU (64%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory4.9 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160222
Uptime1.2 Days
Run DateMar 14 '18 at 05:01
Run Duration138 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 64%

 PC Performing way below expectations (14th 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 i5-6600K-$224
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
14.8% Very poor
SC Int 21.8
SC Float 24.6
SC Mixed 22.3
18% 22.9 Pts
QC Int 59.7
QC Float 51.9
QC Mixed 74.3
14% 62 Pts
MC Int 74.7
MC Float 88.9
MC Mixed 72.5
12% 78.7 Pts
Poor: 69%
This bench: 14.8%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390-$304
CLim: 1138 MHz, MLim: 1677 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 18.3.1
Performing way below expectations (12th percentile)
61.5% Good
Lighting 93.6
Reflection 89.5
Parallax 264
48% 149 fps
MRender 141
Gravity 180
Splatting 193
72% 171 fps
Poor: 59%
This bench: 61.5%
Great: 70%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$95
34GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
64.7% Good
Read 490
Write 397
Mixed 407
96% 431 MB/s
4K Read 21.4
4K Write 22.2
4K Mixed 13.6
62% 19.1 MB/s
DQ Read 53.6
DQ Write 52.1
DQ Mixed 14.7
22% 40.1 MB/s
Poor: 66%
This bench: 64.7%
Great: 114%
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$72
455GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (53rd percentile)
89.8% Excellent
Read 167
Write 146
Mixed 152
117% 155 MB/s
4K Read 1.01
4K Write 2.11
4K Mixed 0.34
119% 1.15 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 89.8%
Great: 105%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C16 2x4GB-$103
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
38.6% Below average
MC Read 13.2
MC Write 15.9
MC Mixed 16.1
43% 15.1 GB/s
SC Read 2.6
SC Write 6.4
SC Mixed 5.8
14% 4.93 GB/s
Latency 129
31% 129 ns
Poor: 46%
This bench: 38.6%
Great: 90%
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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 6,910 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 65%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,175
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