MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 111%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (60th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 40 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 95.4%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics136% 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.
Boot Drive51.1% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 9 years and 5 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateJan 12 '19 at 23:55
Run Duration124 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU6%

 PC Performing as expected (60th 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-$234
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 4.3 GHz
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
95.4% Outstanding
SC Int 124
SC Float 139
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 459
QC Float 545
QC Mixed 497
113% 500 Pts
MC Int 461
MC Float 540
MC Mixed 480
74% 494 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 95.4%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$498
CLim: 2012 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 417.35
Performing way above expectations (86th percentile)
136% Outstanding
Lighting 434
Reflection 414
Parallax 433
134% 427 fps
MRender 254
Gravity 422
Splatting 269
137% 315 fps
Poor: 53%
This bench: 136%
Great: 141%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Edge Boost 120GB
36GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 609A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 89 76 92 101 99 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
51.1% Above average
Read 244
Write 123
Mixed 157
SusWrite 91.6
34% 154 MB/s
4K Read 24.6
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 13.2
111% 48.3 MB/s
DQ Read 64.4
DQ Write 121
DQ Mixed 27.2
39% 70.9 MB/s
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
74GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 86 86 85 86 86 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
61.8% Good
Read 128
Write 130
Mixed 94
SusWrite 86.2
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
227% 1.67 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 61.8%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$90
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing as expected (56th percentile)
73.3% Very good
MC Read 26.8
MC Write 28.1
MC Mixed 21.9
73% 25.6 GB/s
SC Read 17.3
SC Write 27.9
SC Mixed 22.2
64% 22.5 GB/s
Latency 61.3
65% 61.3 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 73.3%
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 4,176 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
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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Intel Core i5-8600K $260Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $115SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $125SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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