MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (48th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 52 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 78.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics67.9% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive125% 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.
High background CPU (25%). 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)
Memory12.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150728
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateOct 12 '18 at 06:29
Run Duration111 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 25%

 PC Performing as expected (48th 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 (28th percentile)
78.3% Very good
SC Int 103
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 105
85% 107 Pts
QC Int 399
QC Float 444
QC Mixed 410
95% 418 Pts
MC Int 406
MC Float 439
MC Mixed 420
63% 422 Pts
Poor: 65%
This bench: 78.3%
Great: 104%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390-$304
CLim: 1040 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 17.1.1
Performing above expectations (76th percentile)
67.9% Good
Lighting 208
Reflection 161
Parallax 267
71% 212 fps
MRender 129
Gravity 165
Splatting 177
66% 157 fps
Poor: 53%
This bench: 67.9%
Great: 71%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$110
377GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 379 438 439 451 450 450 MB/s
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
125% Outstanding
Read 481
Write 454
Mixed 383
SusWrite 435
99% 438 MB/s
4K Read 45.5
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 62.1
209% 73.8 MB/s
DQ Read 353
DQ Write 304
DQ Mixed 321
243% 326 MB/s
Poor: 79%
This bench: 125%
Great: 134%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3200 C14 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
69.7% Good
MC Read 25.8
MC Write 27
MC Mixed 21.6
71% 24.8 GB/s
SC Read 15
SC Write 24.2
SC Mixed 21
57% 20.1 GB/s
Latency 70.6
57% 70.6 ns
Poor: 65%
This bench: 69.7%
Great: 115%
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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 4,044 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: 104% - Outstanding Total price: $1,080
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