MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (65th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 35 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 102%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics63.3% 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (13%). 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)
Memory12.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160511
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateSep 15 '18 at 00:58
Run Duration123 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 13%

 PC Performing above expectations (65th 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-$237
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
102% Outstanding
SC Int 135
SC Float 145
SC Mixed 140
112% 140 Pts
QC Int 504
QC Float 560
QC Mixed 533
121% 533 Pts
MC Int 510
MC Float 550
MC Mixed 532
79% 531 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 102%
Great: 104%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 470-$208
CLim: 1242 MHz, MLim: 1650 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 18.5.1
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
63.3% Good
Lighting 193
Reflection 171
Parallax 246
66% 203 fps
MRender 133
Gravity 174
Splatting 121
62% 142 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 63.3%
Great: 64%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB-$100
19GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 1,985
Write 1,227
Mixed 565
276% 1,259 MB/s
4K Read 54.4
4K Write 169
4K Mixed 43.6
228% 89 MB/s
DQ Read 1,080
DQ Write 808
DQ Mixed 895
682% 928 MB/s
Poor: 141% Great: 234%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
571GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 136 140 138 139 138 MB/s
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
79.7% Very good
Read 140
Write 144
Mixed 98
SusWrite 138
96% 130 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.1
221% 1.6 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 79.7%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2400 C15 4x4GB-$157
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below potential (27th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
80.6% Excellent
MC Read 27.8
MC Write 31.1
MC Mixed 26
81% 28.3 GB/s
SC Read 17.2
SC Write 31.9
SC Mixed 25.1
71% 24.7 GB/s
Latency 59.1
68% 59.1 ns
Poor: 74%
This bench: 80.6%
Great: 108%
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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 7,273 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $953
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