MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Gaming 136%
Desktop 106%
Workstation 56%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (66th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 34 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. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 87%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics191% is a record breaking 3D score, it's almost off the scale. This GPU can handle all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive187% 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory4.9 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180130
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 24 '18 at 21:06
Run Duration131 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU2%

 PC Performing above expectations (66th percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6600K-$172
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
87% Excellent
1-Core 128
2-Core 257
90% 193 Pts
4-Core 499
8-Core 489
68% 494 Pts
64-Core 476
32% 476 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 87%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2080-Ti-$1,107
Nvidia(10DE 12A4) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 2100 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 416.34
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
191% Outstanding
Lighting 706
Reflection 619
Parallax 833
185% 719 fps
MRender 552
Gravity 683
Splatting 339
192% 525 fps
Poor: 111%
This bench: 191%
Great: 197%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB-$169
105GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 57CZ Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 606 448 437 467 465 448 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
187% Outstanding
Read 1,238
Write 934
Mixed 825
SusWrite 479
194% 869 MB/s
4K Read 46.4
4K Write 167
4K Mixed 65.6
243% 92.9 MB/s
DQ Read 798
DQ Write 704
DQ Mixed 613
497% 705 MB/s
Poor: 126%
This bench: 187%
Great: 224%
Patriot Blast 240GB
118GB free
Firmware: SAFM12.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 278 137 154 155 155 154 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
94.5% Outstanding
Read 501
Write 494
Mixed 370
SusWrite 172
86% 384 MB/s
4K Read 31.8
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 41.9
161% 61.7 MB/s
DQ Read 325
DQ Write 334
DQ Mixed 184
178% 281 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 94.5%
Great: 97%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (2nd percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
43.4% Average
MC Read 14.7
MC Write 15
MC Mixed 12.7
40% 14.1 GB/s
SC Read 13.2
SC Write 15.3
SC Mixed 13.9
40% 14.1 GB/s
Latency 62.8
64% 62.8 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 43.4%
Great: 104%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 7,311 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 74%
Desktop 76%
Workstation 44%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $818
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