MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (68th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 32 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 90.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics73.4% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory9.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors, 1360 x 768 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0.6 Days
Run DateJul 12 '18 at 15:14
Run Duration123 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU8%

 PC Performing above expectations (68th 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-$320
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (62nd percentile)
90.5% Outstanding
SC Int 131
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 136
108% 136 Pts
QC Int 409
QC Float 454
QC Mixed 422
97% 428 Pts
MC Int 669
MC Float 766
MC Mixed 734
108% 723 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 90.5%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB-$289
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 398.36
Performing above expectations (69th percentile)
73.4% Very good
Lighting 238
Reflection 201
Parallax 215
71% 218 fps
MRender 152
Gravity 212
Splatting 162
75% 175 fps
Poor: 61%
This bench: 73.4%
Great: 78%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 275GB-$70
4GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M0CR040
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 414
Write 442
Mixed 384
92% 413 MB/s
4K Read 27.7
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 40.2
155% 61.6 MB/s
DQ Read 236
DQ Write 266
DQ Mixed 106
120% 202 MB/s
Poor: 58% Great: 95%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$43
623GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 152 155 155 155 155 154 MB/s
Performing above expectations (81st percentile)
97.5% Outstanding
Read 186
Write 153
Mixed 89
SusWrite 154
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
236% 1.67 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 97.5%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2133 C15 2x8GB-$169
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing as expected (59th percentile)
71.3% Very good
MC Read 27.3
MC Write 26.9
MC Mixed 20.3
71% 24.8 GB/s
SC Read 16.3
SC Write 27.4
SC Mixed 22.5
63% 22.1 GB/s
Latency 61.6
65% 61.6 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 71.3%
Great: 79%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 4,062 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Excellent Total price: $1,124
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