MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (69th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 31 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 84.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics68.7% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive88.7% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait 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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory14.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit cores
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160122
Uptime0 Days
Run DateAug 10 '18 at 18:59
Run Duration112 Seconds
Run User PRT-User
Background CPU0%

 PC Performing above expectations (69th 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 i5-6600-$230
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
84.2% Excellent
SC Int 106
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 113
89% 112 Pts
QC Int 430
QC Float 460
QC Mixed 442
101% 444 Pts
MC Int 432
MC Float 465
MC Mixed 440
67% 446 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 84.2%
Great: 85%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 580-$221
CLim: 1360 MHz, MLim: 2000 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 18.8.1
Performing below expectations (40th percentile)
68.7% Good
Lighting 200
Reflection 177
Parallax 264
69% 214 fps
MRender 148
Gravity 194
Splatting 132
68% 158 fps
Poor: 58%
This bench: 68.7%
Great: 76%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB-$160
73GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM03B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 204 206 222 224 211 MB/s
Performing as expected (48th percentile)
88.7% Excellent
Read 422
Write 253
Mixed 206
SusWrite 206
60% 272 MB/s
4K Read 37.1
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 38
159% 59.4 MB/s
DQ Read 358
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 116
120% 203 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 88.7%
Great: 109%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2133 C15 2x8GB-$129
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
78.7% Very good
MC Read 29.3
MC Write 30
MC Mixed 24.7
80% 28 GB/s
SC Read 17.1
SC Write 30.4
SC Mixed 22.1
66% 23.2 GB/s
Latency 65.3
61% 65.3 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 78.7%
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 3,438 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 M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $1,030
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