MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 29%
Raft
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (6th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 94 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 relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 28.6%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics71.1% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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.
Very high background CPU (31%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory11.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150906
Uptime1 Days
Run DateMar 13 '19 at 16:30
Run Duration113 Seconds
Run User THA-User
Background CPU 31%

 PC Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$270
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
28.6% Poor
Memory 45.8
1-Core 23.3
2-Core 44.2
26% 37.8 Pts
4-Core 63.2
8-Core 105
11% 84.1 Pts
64-Core 106
7% 106 Pts
Poor: 74%
This bench: 28.6%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$415
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 419.35
Performing way below expectations (11th percentile)
71.1% Very good
Lighting 138
Reflection 157
Parallax 331
36% 209 fps
MRender 194
Gravity 265
Splatting 220
73% 226 fps
Poor: 68%
This bench: 71.1%
Great: 85%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
810GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 54 68 80 74 81 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
49.1% Average
Read 102
Write 37.7
Mixed 27
SusWrite 69.3
43% 59 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.3
60% 0.5 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 49.1%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX 2133 C14 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
42.8% Average
MC Read 16
MC Write 15.9
MC Mixed 17.9
47% 16.6 GB/s
SC Read 5.9
SC Write 9.6
SC Mixed 7.8
22% 7.77 GB/s
Latency 177
23% 177 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 42.8%
Great: 86%
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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 7,400 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $920
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