MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 144%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 158%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 98%
Nuclear submarine
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way above expectations (90th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 10 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. This PC is likely operated by a technical master!
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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 92.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics184% 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 Drive101% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times.
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-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.6 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateNov 08 '18 at 03:38
Run Duration209 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU3%

 PC Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-7700K-$345
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.85 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
92.2% Outstanding
1-Core 151
2-Core 293
105% 222 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 706
75% 587 Pts
64-Core 693
46% 693 Pts
Poor: 74%
This bench: 92.2%
Great: 98%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2080-Ti-$1,090
CLim: 2100 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 416.34
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
184% Outstanding
Lighting 661
Reflection 596
Parallax 774
174% 677 fps
MRender 551
Gravity 653
Splatting 329
185% 511 fps
Poor: 85%
This bench: 184%
Great: 197%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Spcc Solid State Disk 512GB
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SAFM13.2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 295 314 112 356 371 111 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
101% Outstanding
Read 516
Write 450
Mixed 384
SusWrite 260
90% 403 MB/s
4K Read 33.5
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 42.6
159% 59.2 MB/s
DQ Read 354
DQ Write 335
DQ Mixed 198
189% 295 MB/s
Poor: 39%
This bench: 101%
Great: 96%
Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB
438GB free
Firmware: 3L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2365 2124 1015 1032 1096 1096 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
347% Outstanding
Read 2,259
Write 2,314
Mixed 1758
SusWrite 1,455
438% 1,946 MB/s
4K Read 67.5
4K Write 189
4K Mixed 96.6
326% 118 MB/s
DQ Read 1,726
DQ Write 1,288
DQ Mixed 1,475
1,112% 1,497 MB/s
Poor: 158%
This bench: 347%
Great: 318%
Mushkin Reactor 1TB-$160
918GB free
Firmware: O1026A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 397 417 420 420 421 419 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
110% Outstanding
Read 514
Write 417
Mixed 328
SusWrite 416
94% 419 MB/s
4K Read 31.1
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 46
166% 63.6 MB/s
DQ Read 269
DQ Write 294
DQ Mixed 195
171% 253 MB/s
Poor: 69%
This bench: 110%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown F4-3200C16-4GVKB 04CD F4-3200C16-4GVK 04CD F4-3200C16-4GVK 04CD F4-3200C16-4GVKB 16GB
3600, 3600, 3600, 3600 MHz
4096, 4096, 4096, 4096 MB
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
109% Outstanding
MC Read 40.2
MC Write 42.3
MC Mixed 34.4
111% 39 GB/s
SC Read 23.4
SC Write 42.6
SC Mixed 33.1
94% 33 GB/s
Latency 51
78% 51 ns
Poor: 102%
This bench: 109%
Great: 110%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 6,135 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 73%
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Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $878
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