MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (64th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 36 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 86.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics103% 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.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory11.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit cores
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateDec 06 '18 at 23:03
Run Duration152 Seconds
Run User PRT-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing above expectations (64th 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-$299
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
86.5% Excellent
SC Int 122
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 125
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 406
QC Float 428
QC Mixed 419
95% 418 Pts
MC Int 571
MC Float 692
MC Mixed 637
94% 633 Pts
Poor: 76%
This bench: 86.5%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$335
CLim: 1923 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 399.24
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
103% Outstanding
Lighting 333
Reflection 296
Parallax 313
101% 314 fps
MRender 206
Gravity 298
Splatting 231
105% 245 fps
Poor: 79%
This bench: 103%
Great: 109%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$67
68GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 7,794
Write 7,559
Mixed 7,679
1,716% 7,677 MB/s
4K Read 592
4K Write 342
4K Mixed 401
1,593% 445 MB/s
DQ Read 1,389
DQ Write 1,082
DQ Mixed 1,115
867% 1,195 MB/s
Poor: 70% Great: 124%
Toshiba P300 1TB-$44
833GB free
Firmware: MS2OA8J0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 166 185 188 158 185 176 MB/s
Performing above expectations (81st percentile)
103% Outstanding
Read 181
Write 160
Mixed 30
SusWrite 176
99% 137 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.5
140% 1.23 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 103%
Great: 109%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial BLS8G4D240FSB.16FBR2 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
79.2% Very good
MC Read 28.5
MC Write 30.8
MC Mixed 24.2
80% 27.8 GB/s
SC Read 18.1
SC Write 32.9
SC Mixed 24
71% 25 GB/s
Latency 65.9
61% 65.9 ns
Poor: 46%
This bench: 79.2%
Great: 88%
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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 3,822 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $975
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CPUGPUSSD
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Intel Core i5-8600K $250Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
HDDRAMUSB
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