MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer
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PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (47th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 53 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 81.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics76% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive112% 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). 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)
Memory10.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20171009
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateOct 16 '18 at 14:52
Run Duration153 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing as expected (47th 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-$270
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (22nd percentile)
81.3% Excellent
SC Int 114
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 120
95% 119 Pts
QC Int 374
QC Float 403
QC Mixed 394
88% 390 Pts
MC Int 574
MC Float 637
MC Mixed 559
88% 590 Pts
Poor: 75%
This bench: 81.3%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-$500
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 416.34
Performing above expectations (60th percentile)
76% Very good
Lighting 237
Reflection 222
Parallax 241
74% 233 fps
MRender 166
Gravity 220
Splatting 154
78% 180 fps
Poor: 61%
This bench: 76%
Great: 85%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$104
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 367 226 215 222 210 204 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
112% Outstanding
Read 486
Write 456
Mixed 351
SusWrite 241
86% 383 MB/s
4K Read 42.6
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 56.3
199% 72 MB/s
DQ Read 382
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 361
271% 362 MB/s
Poor: 75%
This bench: 112%
Great: 125%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$58
628GB free
Firmware: CC24
SusWrite @10s intervals: 168 170 172 170 171 172 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
96.2% Outstanding
Read 165
Write 174
Mixed 85.7
SusWrite 170
109% 149 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
135% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 96.2%
Great: 113%
SanDisk Cruzer 32GB
30GB free, PID 5530
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 10 11 11 11 11 11 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
5.57% Terrible
Read 14.5
Write 7
Mixed 4.5
SusWrite 10.7
11% 9.18 MB/s
4K Read 4.8
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
18% 1.6 MB/s
Poor: 5%
This bench: 5.57%
Great: 13%
SanDisk Cruzer 32GB
30GB free, PID 5530
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.3 5.6 5.6 5.3 5.2 5.6 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
12.4% Very poor
Read 22.5
Write 4
Mixed 7.8
SusWrite 5.4
11% 9.93 MB/s
4K Read 3.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 2.8
188% 2.97 MB/s
Poor: 5%
This bench: 12.4%
Great: 13%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$150
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
71.1% Very good
MC Read 25.2
MC Write 27.4
MC Mixed 22.7
72% 25.1 GB/s
SC Read 16
SC Write 25.9
SC Mixed 22
61% 21.3 GB/s
Latency 67.8
59% 67.8 ns
Poor: 59%
This bench: 71.1%
Great: 109%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds (explanation by AdoredTV).

Typical Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 10,499 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $982
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