MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer
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PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (58th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 42 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 87.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics44.4% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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)
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-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory6.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display3440 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors,
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151021
Uptime2.9 Days
Run DateMar 15 '19 at 23:01
Run Duration168 Seconds
Run User FIN-User
Background CPU6%

 PC Performing as expected (58th 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-$290
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
87.3% Excellent
SC Int 125
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 128
103% 129 Pts
QC Int 406
QC Float 441
QC Mixed 418
96% 422 Pts
MC Int 591
MC Float 704
MC Mixed 651
97% 649 Pts
Poor: 72%
This bench: 87.3%
Great: 104%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti-$808
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2752 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 418.81
Performing below potential (2nd percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (119 fps cap detected)
44.4% Average
Lighting 119
Reflection 119
Parallax 119
37% 119 fps
MRender 119
Gravity 119
Splatting 120
50% 119 fps
Poor: 61%
This bench: 44.4%
Great: 176%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB-$350
20GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 2,003
Write 1,056
Mixed 674
272% 1244 MB/s
4K Read 42.9
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 55.3
210% 79.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,213
DQ Write 268
DQ Mixed 441
401% 640 MB/s
Poor: 147% Great: 281%
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB-$351
405GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 472 476 480 483 484 483 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
119% Outstanding
Read 506
Write 479
Mixed 376
SusWrite 480
104% 460 MB/s
4K Read 34.3
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 48.3
173% 65 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 308
DQ Mixed 197
188% 296 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 119%
Great: 118%
Samsung 840 Evo 500GB-$120
337GB free
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 473 435 422 423 423 421 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
126% Outstanding
Read 502
Write 462
Mixed 424
SusWrite 433
102% 455 MB/s
4K Read 45.2
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 58.9
204% 72.5 MB/s
DQ Read 382
DQ Write 343
DQ Mixed 247
217% 324 MB/s
Poor: 69%
This bench: 126%
Great: 125%
Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB-$333
124GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 2,497
Write 2,251
Mixed 1,418
456% 2,055 MB/s
4K Read 55.3
4K Write 173
4K Mixed 77.7
275% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 1,441
DQ Write 1,257
DQ Mixed 1324
999% 1,341 MB/s
Poor: 224% Great: 413%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000 C15 4x4GB-$175
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
97.2% Outstanding
MC Read 35.5
MC Write 37.6
MC Mixed 30.2
98% 34.4 GB/s
SC Read 20.5
SC Write 37.5
SC Mixed 28.3
82% 28.8 GB/s
Latency 51
78% 51 ns
Poor: 70%
This bench: 97.2%
Great: 121%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 5,860 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 108% - Outstanding Total price: $1,039
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