MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 21%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 20%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (40th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 60 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 16%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics42.5% 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 DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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 (37%). 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)
Memory5.9 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150810
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 16 '18 at 20:26
Run Duration101 Seconds
Run User EGY-User
Background CPU 37%

 PC Performing as expected (40th 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 i5-6500-$190
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
16% Very poor
SC Int 22.3
SC Float 24.6
SC Mixed 24.7
19% 23.9 Pts
QC Int 78
QC Float 84
QC Mixed 77.4
18% 79.8 Pts
MC Int 83.1
MC Float 93.1
MC Mixed 90.8
13% 89 Pts
Poor: 56%
This bench: 16%
Great: 78%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1050-Ti-$155
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 397.64
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
42.5% Average
Lighting 140
Reflection 83.8
Parallax 128
42% 117 fps
MRender 81.9
Gravity 129
Splatting 84.8
43% 98.6 fps
Poor: 33%
This bench: 42.5%
Great: 43%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2015)-$46
641GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (53rd percentile)
69.1% Good
Read 124
Write 117
Mixed 124
92% 122 MB/s
4K Read 0.65
4K Write 1.99
4K Mixed 0.25
92% 0.96 MB/s
Poor: 42%
This bench: 69.1%
Great: 88%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 1x8GB-$140
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
35.4% Below average
MC Read 13.3
MC Write 14.5
MC Mixed 11.9
38% 13.2 GB/s
SC Read 6.2
SC Write 9.6
SC Mixed 9
24% 8.27 GB/s
Latency 186
22% 186 ns
Poor: 34%
This bench: 35.4%
Great: 44%
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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 4,241 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 93% - Outstanding Total price: $1,050
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