MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (79th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 21 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. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 79%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics68.9% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive112% 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory6.1 GB free of 8 GB @ 3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMar 22 '19 at 15:11
Run Duration111 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU5%

 PC Performing above expectations (79th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6600K-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (59th percentile)
79% Very good
1-Core 117
2-Core 231
82% 174 Pts
4-Core 453
8-Core 431
61% 442 Pts
64-Core 450
30% 450 Pts
Poor: 58%
This bench: 79%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1660-$210
CLim: 2100 MHz, MLim: 2000 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 419.35
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
68.9% Good
Lighting 295
Reflection 227
Parallax 247
74% 256 fps
MRender 150
Gravity 244
Splatting 181
62% 191 fps
Poor: 61%
This bench: 68.9%
Great: 70%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX200 250GB-$134
105GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03
SusWrite @10s intervals: 415 441 440 430 431 308 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
112% Outstanding
Read 420
Write 413
Mixed 362
SusWrite 411
90% 401 MB/s
4K Read 32.9
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 48.5
175% 67 MB/s
DQ Read 373
DQ Write 340
DQ Mixed 255
219% 322 MB/s
Poor: 68%
This bench: 112%
Great: 111%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000 C15 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing above expectations (66th percentile)
99.9% Outstanding
MC Read 37.3
MC Write 39.5
MC Mixed 29.2
101% 35.3 GB/s
SC Read 21.5
SC Write 37.3
SC Mixed 30.6
85% 29.8 GB/s
Latency 49.4
81% 49.4 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 99.9%
Great: 109%
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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 5,976 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $854
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