MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 140%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 134%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 89%
Aircraft carrier
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (59th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 41 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 very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 77.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics182% is a record breaking 3D score, it's almost off the scale. This GPU can handle all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive343% 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.
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.
High background CPU (22%). 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)
Memory10.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMar 21 '19 at 20:56
Run Duration213 Seconds
Run User TUR-User
Background CPU 22%

 PC Performing as expected (59th 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-$298
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
77.9% Very good
1-Core 121
2-Core 230
83% 176 Pts
4-Core 418
8-Core 626
67% 522 Pts
64-Core 627
42% 627 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 77.9%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2080-Ti-$1,090
CLim: 2100 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 416.34
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
182% Outstanding
Lighting 670
Reflection 601
Parallax 784
176% 685 fps
MRender 545
Gravity 644
Splatting 340
183% 510 fps
Poor: 74%
This bench: 182%
Great: 199%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB-$200
896GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1801 1978 1523 1451 1530 1516 MB/s
Performing as expected (54th percentile)
343% Outstanding
Read 2538
Write 2,334
Mixed 1,787
SusWrite 1,633
465% 2,073 MB/s
4K Read 64.6
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 88.6
296% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 1,304
DQ Write 955
DQ Mixed 1,100
830% 1,120 MB/s
Poor: 233%
This bench: 343%
Great: 378%
WD Purple 2TB (2014)-$67
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 143 145 146 147 145 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)
82.4% Excellent
Read 142
Write 145
Mixed 74
SusWrite 145
93% 126 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
191% 1.4 MB/s
Poor: 40%
This bench: 82.4%
Great: 86%
Toshiba MK7559GSXP 750GB-$118
698GB free
Firmware: GN001C
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 100 101 97 88 94 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
56.3% Above average
Read 101
Write 63.5
Mixed 19.2
SusWrite 95
50% 69.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.5
106% 0.87 MB/s
Poor: 20%
This bench: 56.3%
Great: 55%
Toshiba MK4058GSX 400GB
30GB free
Firmware: FF011M
SusWrite @10s intervals: 35 35 36 36 36 36 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
20.5% Poor
Read 35.2
Write 33
Mixed 20
SusWrite 35.9
23% 31 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.5
99% 0.73 MB/s
Poor: 17%
This bench: 20.5%
Great: 35%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2666 C15 2x8GB-$169
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
87.4% Excellent
MC Read 31.4
MC Write 34.1
MC Mixed 26.6
88% 30.7 GB/s
SC Read 19.8
SC Write 36
SC Mixed 26.7
79% 27.5 GB/s
Latency 58.6
68% 58.6 ns
Poor: 49%
This bench: 87.4%
Great: 97%
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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 6,204 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 56%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $981
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