MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (51st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 49 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 83.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics36.2% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (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.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory4.1 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1200 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151217
Uptime0.3 Days
Run DateJun 14 '18 at 08:36
Run Duration151 Seconds
Run User SVK-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing as expected (51st 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-$200
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (45th percentile)
83.3% Excellent
SC Int 108
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 112
90% 112 Pts
QC Int 424
QC Float 452
QC Mixed 438
99% 438 Pts
MC Int 425
MC Float 452
MC Mixed 435
66% 437 Pts
Poor: 63%
This bench: 83.3%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD HD 7950-$290
Sapphire(174B 3000) 3GB
CLim: 850 MHz, MLim: 1250 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 18.5.2
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
36.2% Below average
Lighting 112
Reflection 70.3
Parallax 146
38% 110 fps
MRender 55.6
Gravity 106
Splatting 77.8
34% 79.7 fps
Poor: 29%
This bench: 36.2%
Great: 43%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB-$28
141GB free
Firmware: 1AA01113 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
35.4% Below average
Read 53
Write 70.1
Mixed 68.8
48% 64 MB/s
4K Read 0.61
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.42
105% 0.94 MB/s
Poor: 25%
This bench: 35.4%
Great: 58%
Samsung Spinpoint F2 1TB-$60
120GB free
Firmware: 1AG01118 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
42.8% Average
Read 75.1
Write 74
Mixed 95.8
62% 81.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 1.47
4K Mixed 0.37
87% 0.76 MB/s
Poor: 27%
This bench: 42.8%
Great: 58%
Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB-$37
86GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CR100-10 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
43.6% Average
Read 79.6
Write 72.4
Mixed 69.3
55% 73.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.65
4K Write 1.02
4K Mixed 0.36
86% 0.68 MB/s
Poor: 21%
This bench: 43.6%
Great: 44%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial BLE8G4D26AFEA.16FAD 1x8GB
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
45.4% Average
MC Read 15.9
MC Write 16.1
MC Mixed 13.2
43% 15.1 GB/s
SC Read 13.1
SC Write 15.1
SC Mixed 14.4
40% 14.2 GB/s
Latency 64.6
62% 64.6 ns
Poor: 35%
This bench: 45.4%
Great: 52%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 4,309 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 PC MATE (MS-7971) - $90

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Excellent Total price: $1,042
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