MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 39%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (24th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 76 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith an average single core score, this CPU can handle browsing the web, email, video playback and the majority of general computing tasks including moderate gaming when coupled with an appropriate GPU. Finally, with a gaming score of 53%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics65.6% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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.
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.
High background CPU (29%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7A12
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)  (all builds)
Memory11.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160222
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 12 '18 at 10:57
Run Duration108 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 29%

 PC Performing below expectations (24th 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-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
53% Above average
SC Int 96.2
SC Float 81.1
SC Mixed 65.9
65% 81.1 Pts
QC Int 334
QC Float 367
QC Mixed 274
74% 325 Pts
MC Int 383
MC Float 404
MC Mixed 394
59% 394 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 53%
Great: 104%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$330
EVGA(3842 2977) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
65.6% Good
Lighting 201
Reflection 181
Parallax 209
63% 197 fps
MRender 150
Gravity 185
Splatting 136
68% 157 fps
Poor: 52%
This bench: 65.6%
Great: 73%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB-$40
345GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MS2OA750
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 65 51 56 41 70 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
21.5% Poor
Read 18
Write 102
Mixed 20
SusWrite 56.5
36% 49 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.2
64% 0.7 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 21.5%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown DDR4 2800 2OZ 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (20th percentile)
67.1% Good
MC Read 22.3
MC Write 26.6
MC Mixed 22
68% 23.6 GB/s
SC Read 14.2
SC Write 26.4
SC Mixed 20.8
58% 20.5 GB/s
Latency 72.6
55% 72.6 ns
Poor: 59%
This bench: 67.1%
Great: 93%
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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 PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) Builds (Compare 5,116 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) - $143

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,059
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