MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 24%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 19%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (5th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 95 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 an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 12.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics56.8% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2070 = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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 (52%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150906
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMar 14 '19 at 17:15
Run Duration114 Seconds
Run User THA-User
Background CPU 52%

 PC Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-6700K-$275
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Relative performance (0th percentile)
12.9% Very poor
1-Core 22.2
2-Core 36.7
14% 29.5 Pts
4-Core 64.7
8-Core 108
11% 86.3 Pts
64-Core 118
8% 118 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 12.9%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$369
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 419.35
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
56.8% Above average
Lighting 132
Reflection 150
Parallax 333
43% 205 fps
MRender 201
Gravity 273
Splatting 231
75% 235 fps
Poor: 65%
This bench: 56.8%
Great: 86%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
810GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 91 99 115 117 128 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
50.7% Above average
Read 73.2
Write 116
Mixed 48
SusWrite 104
62% 85.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 1
163% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 50.7%
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 (5th percentile)
42.9% Average
MC Read 16.2
MC Write 15.8
MC Mixed 18.3
48% 16.8 GB/s
SC Read 5.1
SC Write 8.5
SC Mixed 7.9
20% 7.17 GB/s
Latency 178
22% 178 ns
Poor: 45%
This bench: 42.9%
Great: 81%
Take a copy of your results

 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 6,000 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $864
The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-9400F $138Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-9600K $210AMD RX 5700 $370Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $150
Intel Core i7-9700K $340AMD RX 590 $186Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $51
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $65SanDisk Extreme 64GB $88
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $612SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback