MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (43rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 57 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 96.6%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics39.1% 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)
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.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (19%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory22.5 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1600 x 900 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150921
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 11 '18 at 15:05
Run Duration103 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 19%

 PC Performing as expected (43rd 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-$300
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
96.6% Outstanding
SC Int 131
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 132
101% 127 Pts
QC Int 445
QC Float 477
QC Mixed 478
106% 467 Pts
MC Int 664
MC Float 763
MC Mixed 727
107% 718 Pts
Poor: 76%
This bench: 96.6%
Great: 102%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing below expectations (29th percentile)
39.1% Below average
Lighting 130
Reflection 108
Parallax 120
39% 119 fps
MRender 82
Gravity 113
Splatting 76.2
39% 90.4 fps
Poor: 34%
This bench: 39.1%
Great: 45%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Re 4TB (2012)-$90
2.5TB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01K03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 130 139 121 112 148 MB/s
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
75.8% Very good
Read 133
Write 140
Mixed 74.5
SusWrite 130
88% 120 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
225% 1.8 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 75.8%
Great: 95%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2666 C15 4x8GB-$165
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing below potential (23rd percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
85.5% Excellent
MC Read 27.9
MC Write 33.9
MC Mixed 28.1
86% 30 GB/s
SC Read 19.8
SC Write 34.8
SC Mixed 27.1
78% 27.2 GB/s
Latency 60
67% 60 ns
Poor: 74%
This bench: 85.5%
Great: 126%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 4,050 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 105% - Outstanding Total price: $1,068
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