MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 61%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (52nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 48 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 77%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics62.5% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive55.6% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
Memory16GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's more than sufficient for nearly all games. 16GB also allows for very large file and system caches, software development and batch photo editing/processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory12.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150907
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJun 13 '18 at 15:45
Run Duration115 Seconds
Run User IRL-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd 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-$194
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
77% Very good
SC Int 102
SC Float 94.9
SC Mixed 104
80% 100 Pts
QC Int 358
QC Float 352
QC Mixed 404
84% 372 Pts
MC Int 380
MC Float 412
MC Mixed 394
59% 395 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 77%
Great: 78%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$330
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Performing below expectations (40th percentile)
62.5% Good
Lighting 187
Reflection 173
Parallax 210
60% 190 fps
MRender 147
Gravity 176
Splatting 122
64% 148 fps
Poor: 52%
This bench: 62.5%
Great: 73%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba Q300 120GB
43GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SAFM12.2 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
55.6% Above average
Read 490
Write 246
Mixed 261
73% 332 MB/s
4K Read 21.6
4K Write 36.8
4K Mixed 6.69
61% 21.7 MB/s
DQ Read 104
DQ Write 68.7
DQ Mixed 6.7
26% 59.8 MB/s
Poor: 41%
This bench: 55.6%
Great: 80%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$42
260GB free
Firmware: CC43 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
71.8% Very good
Read 133
Write 117
Mixed 112
91% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 1.46
4K Mixed 0.25
87% 0.83 MB/s
Poor: 43%
This bench: 71.8%
Great: 113%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2400 C15 4x4GB-$191
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (56th percentile)
82.9% Excellent
MC Read 29.5
MC Write 33
MC Mixed 26.9
85% 29.8 GB/s
SC Read 17.2
SC Write 33.3
SC Mixed 23.5
70% 24.7 GB/s
Latency 74.4
54% 74.4 ns
Poor: 73%
This bench: 82.9%
Great: 103%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 1,529 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 98% - Outstanding Total price: $1,019
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