MSI B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 31%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 49%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 31%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (19th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 81 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
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 57.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is average.
Graphics29.9% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
High background CPU (29%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
14 months ago, 12 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory2.8 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1200 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161102
Uptime8.1 Days
Run DateMay 30 '19 at 20:59
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 29%

 PC Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i3-7100-$117
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
57.3% Above average
Memory 82.6
1-Core 98.9
2-Core 160
70% 114 Pts
4-Core 180
8-Core 230
27% 205 Pts
64-Core 244
16% 244 Pts
Poor: 51%
This bench: 57.3%
Great: 74%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1405 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 430.39
Performing below potential (7th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
29.9% Poor
Lighting 116
Reflection 105
Parallax 115
30% 112 fps
MRender 67.4
Gravity 112
Splatting 77
30% 85.6 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 29.9%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Patriot Blast 120GB
3GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SAFM12.2
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
Read 127
Write 256
Mixed 15.5
30% 133 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 26
4K Mixed 2.4
18% 9.73 MB/s
DQ Read 120
DQ Write 69
DQ Mixed 160
101% 116 MB/s
Poor: 46% Great: 93%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$34
158GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 130 129 129 129 130 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
67.1% Good
Read 105
Write 117
Mixed 62.5
SusWrite 128
76% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
185% 1.37 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 67.1%
Great: 111%
Generic Flash Disk 1GB
1GB free, PID 7788
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 MB/s
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
2.71% Terrible
Read 7.5
Write 2.5
Mixed 3
SusWrite 2.7
4% 3.92 MB/s
4K Read 4.4
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
16% 1.47 MB/s
Poor: 1%
This bench: 2.71%
Great: 7%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x4GB-$83
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
60.3% Good
MC Read 22.1
MC Write 23.2
MC Mixed 19.9
62% 21.7 GB/s
SC Read 13.2
SC Write 16.8
SC Mixed 16.5
44% 15.5 GB/s
Latency 75.9
53% 75.9 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 60.3%
Great: 104%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 7,799 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI B150 GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $877
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