MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 28%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 51%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (36th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 64 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 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 78.7%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics22.8% 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)
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 (20%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory8.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1360 x 768 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime0.8 Days
Run DateAug 11 '18 at 01:25
Run Duration139 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 20%

 PC Performing below expectations (36th 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-$238
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (27th percentile)
78.7% Very good
SC Int 106
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 93.2
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 445
QC Mixed 433
96% 425 Pts
MC Int 421
MC Float 451
MC Mixed 436
65% 436 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 78.7%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 750 Ti-$110
Gigabyte(1458 362D) 2GB
CLim: 1306 MHz, MLim: 1350 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.59
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
22.8% Poor
Lighting 69.9
Reflection 44.9
Parallax 65.4
21% 60.1 fps
MRender 53.2
Gravity 71.2
Splatting 39.3
24% 54.6 fps
Poor: 19%
This bench: 22.8%
Great: 25%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$78
7GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 495
Write 467
Mixed 373
99% 445 MB/s
4K Read 46.8
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 60.7
213% 76.2 MB/s
DQ Read 354
DQ Write 298
DQ Mixed 315
239% 322 MB/s
Poor: 69% Great: 123%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
275GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 124 122 122 122 121 MB/s
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
73.4% Very good
Read 134
Write 130
Mixed 91.2
SusWrite 122
88% 119 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
242% 1.77 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 73.4%
Great: 106%
WD Blue 2TB (2015)-$60
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 144 141 143 146 145 MB/s
Performing as expected (40th percentile)
65.7% Good
Read 85.2
Write 80.2
Mixed 70.7
SusWrite 144
70% 94.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
171% 1.2 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 65.7%
Great: 86%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$147
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
41.3% Average
MC Read 14.3
MC Write 14.5
MC Mixed 12.7
40% 13.8 GB/s
SC Read 11.1
SC Write 13.5
SC Mixed 12.8
36% 12.5 GB/s
Latency 71.2
56% 71.2 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 41.3%
Great: 105%
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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 M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 6,801 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 96% - Outstanding Total price: $1,033
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