MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 100%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (30th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 70 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
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 79.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics1.77% is too low to play 3D games or use CAD packages. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive252% 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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory4.7 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180125
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateJan 12 '19 at 19:05
Run Duration137 Seconds
Run User THA-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing below expectations (30th 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 (39th percentile)
79.9% Very good
SC Int 107
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 109
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 419
QC Mixed 414
93% 410 Pts
MC Int 405
MC Float 458
MC Mixed 431
64% 432 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 79.9%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$364
CLim: 1987 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 417.35
Relative performance (0th percentile)
1.77% Terrible
Lighting 1.3
Reflection 25.9
Parallax 1.3
0% 9.5 fps
MRender 6.6
Gravity 6.6
Splatting 6.7
3% 6.63 fps
Poor: 80%
This bench: 1.77%
Great: 109%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB-$85
132GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 643 333 334 332 331 325 MB/s
Performing above expectations (76th percentile)
252% Outstanding
Read 2,394
Write 1,470
Mixed 1257
SusWrite 383
304% 1,376 MB/s
4K Read 64.7
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 82.2
288% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 763
DQ Write 1,196
DQ Mixed 784
649% 914 MB/s
Poor: 161%
This bench: 252%
Great: 272%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$42
25GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 87 89 90 89 88 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
55.5% Above average
Read 105
Write 89.7
Mixed 52
SusWrite 88.5
61% 83.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.6
99% 0.57 MB/s
Poor: 52%
This bench: 55.5%
Great: 107%
Seagate Momentus 2.5" 500GB-$43
24GB free
Firmware: 0003HPM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 44 48 48 48 48 47 MB/s
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
35.9% Below average
Read 78
Write 57
Mixed 41.3
SusWrite 47.2
41% 55.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.6
106% 0.7 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 35.9%
Great: 59%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2400 C15 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
45% Average
MC Read 16.6
MC Write 14.5
MC Mixed 13.8
43% 15 GB/s
SC Read 12.6
SC Write 13.6
SC Mixed 15.1
39% 13.8 GB/s
Latency 63
64% 63 ns
Poor: 47%
This bench: 45%
Great: 97%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 4,587 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $996
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HDDRAMUSB
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $42Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $110SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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