MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 130%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 132%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 96%
Nuclear submarine
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (73rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 27 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: 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 104%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics156% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive245% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory13.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160511
Uptime1.3 Days
Run DateOct 12 '18 at 00:07
Run Duration109 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU3%

 PC Performing above expectations (73rd 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 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
104% Outstanding
SC Int 132
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 136
109% 137 Pts
QC Int 512
QC Float 551
QC Mixed 527
120% 530 Pts
MC Int 684
MC Float 773
MC Mixed 743
110% 733 Pts
Poor: 76%
This bench: 104%
Great: 102%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti-$713
CLim: 2075 MHz, MLim: 2902 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 399.24
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
156% Outstanding
Lighting 585
Reflection 539
Parallax 664
190% 596 fps
MRender 0.5
Gravity 568
Splatting 301
132% 290 fps
Poor: 60%
This bench: 156%
Great: 178%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$150
301GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 770 646 647 644 644 643 MB/s
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
245% Outstanding
Read 1,971
Write 1,751
Mixed 753
SusWrite 666
286% 1,285 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 165
4K Mixed 62.6
250% 94 MB/s
DQ Read 1,031
DQ Write 1,182
DQ Mixed 882
726% 1,031 MB/s
Poor: 158%
This bench: 245%
Great: 258%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$130
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing above expectations (77th percentile)
79.1% Very good
MC Read 30.7
MC Write 30.2
MC Mixed 21.9
79% 27.6 GB/s
SC Read 16.6
SC Write 31
SC Mixed 25.1
69% 24.2 GB/s
Latency 56
72% 56 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 79.1%
Great: 87%
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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 6,888 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: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,037
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HDDRAMUSB
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