MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 136%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 89%
Aircraft carrier
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (55th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 45 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 96.4%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics41.4% 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 Drive307% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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 (15%). 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)
Memory27.8 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170515
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateMay 17 '18 at 17:24
Run Duration394 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing as expected (55th 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 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
96.4% Outstanding
SC Int 135
SC Float 137
SC Mixed 135
108% 136 Pts
QC Int 469
QC Float 517
QC Mixed 472
110% 486 Pts
MC Int 676
MC Float 768
MC Mixed 729
108% 724 Pts
Poor: 75%
This bench: 96.4%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$200
EVGA(3842 2962) 2GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 390.65
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
41.4% Average
Lighting 136
Reflection 117
Parallax 127
41% 127 fps
MRender 82.5
Gravity 122
Splatting 83.5
42% 95.9 fps
Poor: 32%
This bench: 41.4%
Great: 45%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB-$400
690GB free
Firmware: EXM0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (11th percentile)
81.2% Excellent
Read 374
Write 397
Mixed 391
87% 387 MB/s
4K Read 31.7
4K Write 76.2
4K Mixed 26.2
122% 44.7 MB/s
DQ Read 35.3
DQ Write 211
DQ Mixed 26.4
49% 90.8 MB/s
Poor: 73%
This bench: 81.2%
Great: 119%
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB-$235
291GB free
Firmware: EXM0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (13th percentile)
78.7% Very good
Read 374
Write 398
Mixed 392
87% 388 MB/s
4K Read 35.4
4K Write 70
4K Mixed 25.3
123% 43.5 MB/s
DQ Read 39.3
DQ Write 89.3
DQ Mixed 26.9
31% 51.8 MB/s
Poor: 72%
This bench: 78.7%
Great: 121%
Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB-$290
288GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
307% Outstanding
Read 2,656
Write 1,735
Mixed 1,930
467% 2,107 MB/s
4K Read 46
4K Write 180
4K Mixed 59.4
241% 95.2 MB/s
DQ Read 513
DQ Write 455
DQ Mixed 41
152% 336 MB/s
Poor: 191%
This bench: 307%
Great: 313%
Samsung 850 PRO 1TB
232GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
92.7% Outstanding
Read 518
Write 493
Mixed 507
113% 506 MB/s
4K Read 32.4
4K Write 91.4
4K Mixed 25
130% 49.6 MB/s
DQ Read 33.4
DQ Write 126
DQ Mixed 24
35% 61.2 MB/s
Poor: 93%
This bench: 92.7%
Great: 125%
Samsung 850 PRO 512GB
182GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (25th percentile)
105% Outstanding
Read 517
Write 491
Mixed 507
113% 505 MB/s
4K Read 31.8
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 26.3
139% 55.4 MB/s
DQ Read 272
DQ Write 311
DQ Mixed 24.3
92% 202 MB/s
Poor: 59%
This bench: 105%
Great: 129%
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB-$235
148GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
96.2% Outstanding
Read 517
Write 494
Mixed 509
113% 506 MB/s
4K Read 32.6
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 27.3
141% 55.5 MB/s
DQ Read 34.6
DQ Write 127
DQ Mixed 25.3
35% 62.1 MB/s
Poor: 72%
This bench: 96.2%
Great: 121%
Samsung 850 PRO 512GB
110GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
111% Outstanding
Read 513
Write 491
Mixed 508
113% 504 MB/s
4K Read 29.8
4K Write 79.1
4K Mixed 45.3
145% 51.4 MB/s
DQ Read 356
DQ Write 314
DQ Mixed 26.7
104% 232 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 111%
Great: 125%
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
30GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (37th percentile)
93.5% Outstanding
Read 515
Write 410
Mixed 423
100% 449 MB/s
4K Read 33.3
4K Write 75.2
4K Mixed 21.1
117% 43.2 MB/s
DQ Read 348
DQ Write 258
DQ Mixed 114
137% 240 MB/s
Poor: 86%
This bench: 93.5%
Great: 111%
WD Elements 2TB
826GB free, PID 1048
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
35.4% Below average
Read 80.7
Write 83.4
Mixed 78.8
105% 81 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.75
4K Mixed 0.19
68% 0.78 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 35.4%
Great: 46%
WD Elements 1078 2TB
363GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing as expected (48th percentile)
28.7% Poor
Read 66.1
Write 60.6
Mixed 60.3
79% 62.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.53
4K Write 1.88
4K Mixed 0.23
74% 0.88 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 28.7%
Great: 42%
Samsung Portable SSD T5 250GB
75GB free, PID 61f5
Operating at USB 3.1 Speed
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
445% Outstanding
Read 475
Write 478
Mixed 483
620% 479 MB/s
4K Read 33.2
4K Write 86.1
4K Mixed 21.3
3,776% 46.9 MB/s
DQ Read 37.5
DQ Write 84.2
DQ Mixed 27.3
3,934% 49.7 MB/s
Poor: 31%
This bench: 445%
Great: 373%
TOSHIBA USB DRV 32GB
17GB free, PID 1400
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
14.4% Very poor
Read 34.5
Write 31.2
Mixed 14.6
32% 26.8 MB/s
4K Read 5.82
4K Write 0.38
4K Mixed 0.04
36% 2.08 MB/s
Poor: 3%
This bench: 14.4%
Great: 26%
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 as expected (50th percentile)
75% Very good
MC Read 26.3
MC Write 28.4
MC Mixed 23.1
74% 25.9 GB/s
SC Read 18.8
SC Write 30.6
SC Mixed 25.1
71% 24.8 GB/s
Latency 63
64% 63 ns
Poor: 55%
This bench: 75%
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 7,586 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,221
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