MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding GPU
Gaming
Gaming 0%
Incomplete
Desktop
Desktop 0%
Incomplete
Workstation
Workstation 0%
Incomplete
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (42nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 58 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 84.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Boot Drive75.5% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait times.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (17%). 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)
Memory24.5 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151102
Uptime1.2 Days
Run DateMay 17 '18 at 06:25
Run Duration120 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 17%

 PC Performing as expected (42nd 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-$307
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
84.9% Excellent
SC Int 122
SC Float 127
SC Mixed 124
100% 124 Pts
QC Int 394
QC Float 414
QC Mixed 408
92% 405 Pts
MC Int 581
MC Float 647
MC Mixed 628
92% 619 Pts
Poor: 75%
This bench: 84.9%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$370
EVGA(3842 3979) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Relative performance n/a - benchmarks incomplete
Lighting 374
Reflection 188
Parallax 226
99% 263 fps
Gravity 192
Splatting 131
71% 162 fps
Poor: 53% Great: 73%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
ZTC-SM201-128G 128GB
22GB free (System drive)
Firmware: N1126F Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (71st percentile)
75.5% Very good
Read 496
Write 137
Mixed 213
61% 282 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 88.9
4K Mixed 30.5
129% 49.3 MB/s
DQ Read 230
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 58.7
77% 141 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 75.5%
Great: 88%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$39
236GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
74.3% Very good
Read 129
Write 130
Mixed 119
95% 126 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2.19
4K Mixed 0.32
111% 1.12 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 74.3%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 4x8GB-$165
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (33rd percentile)
72.6% Very good
MC Read 25.9
MC Write 27.4
MC Mixed 22.1
72% 25.1 GB/s
SC Read 17.7
SC Write 28.8
SC Mixed 24.8
68% 23.8 GB/s
Latency 64.6
62% 64.6 ns
Poor: 53%
This bench: 72.6%
Great: 111%
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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 8,540 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Outstanding Total price: $1,097
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