MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (41st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 59 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. 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 65.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics81.4% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). 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)
Memory4.6 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180125
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 24 '19 at 17:35
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User THA-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing as expected (41st 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-$200
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (39th percentile)
65.7% Good
1-Core 109
2-Core 218
77% 164 Pts
4-Core 411
8-Core 412
56% 411 Pts
64-Core 418
28% 418 Pts
Poor: 51%
This bench: 65.7%
Great: 86%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$359
CLim: 1987 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 419.67
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
81.4% Excellent
Lighting 324
Reflection 293
Parallax 303
83% 307 fps
MRender 203
Gravity 304
Splatting 233
80% 247 fps
Poor: 69%
This bench: 81.4%
Great: 86%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB-$79
36GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 2,440
Write 1,470
Mixed 1,243
378% 1,718 MB/s
4K Read 64.3
4K Write 162
4K Mixed 84.5
292% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 763
DQ Write 1,256
DQ Mixed 788
659% 936 MB/s
Poor: 159% Great: 278%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$37
42GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 126 145 157 129 117 MB/s
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
80.9% Excellent
Read 148
Write 128
Mixed 36
SusWrite 134
81% 112 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.5
123% 0.83 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 80.9%
Great: 110%
Seagate Momentus 2.5" 500GB-$36
15GB free
Firmware: 0003HPM1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 73 77 78 89 76 MB/s
Performing as expected (44th percentile)
41.9% Average
Read 69.8
Write 66.8
Mixed 38.7
SusWrite 76.3
46% 62.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.6
104% 0.67 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 41.9%
Great: 58%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2400 C15 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
46.4% Average
MC Read 16.4
MC Write 16.3
MC Mixed 13.5
44% 15.4 GB/s
SC Read 13.1
SC Write 15.3
SC Mixed 14.3
41% 14.2 GB/s
Latency 60.9
66% 60.9 ns
Poor: 46%
This bench: 46.4%
Great: 96%
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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 5,839 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $847
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