MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (57th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 43 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 81.6%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics84.8% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D 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.
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory10.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160511
Uptime6.3 Days
Run DateSep 10 '16 at 11:20
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing as expected (57th 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-$281
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
81.6% Excellent
Memory 90.5
1-Core 124
2-Core 224
86% 146 Pts
4-Core 392
8-Core 606
64% 499 Pts
64-Core 556
37% 556 Pts
Poor: 75%
This bench: 81.6%
Great: 96%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$415
Driver: nvd3dumx.dll Ver. 21.21.13.7270
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
84.8% Excellent
Lighting 318
Reflection 266
Parallax 262
83% 282 fps
MRender 218
Gravity 312
Splatting 240
85% 257 fps
Poor: 69%
This bench: 84.8%
Great: 85%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$61
539GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
83.6% Excellent
Read 160
Write 131
Mixed 138
108% 143 MB/s
4K Read 0.83
4K Write 1.55
4K Mixed 0.27
94% 0.89 MB/s
Poor: 52%
This bench: 83.6%
Great: 107%
Apricorn 240GB
19GB free, PID 0301
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
166% Outstanding
Read 253
Write 206
Mixed 205
276% 221 MB/s
4K Read 21.3
4K Write 25.7
4K Mixed 2.94
1,054% 16.7 MB/s
DQ Read 20.7
DQ Write 26.6
DQ Mixed 4.73
1,144% 17.4 MB/s
Poor: 28%
This bench: 166%
Great: 166%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$70
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
69.3% Good
MC Read 24.9
MC Write 26.4
MC Mixed 22.2
70% 24.5 GB/s
SC Read 15.6
SC Write 24.6
SC Mixed 20.3
58% 20.2 GB/s
Latency 66.5
60% 66.5 ns
Poor: 52%
This bench: 69.3%
Great: 105%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 9,044 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,086
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