MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 48%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (46th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 54 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 81.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics59.2% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMicro-Star MS-7B98
MotherboardMSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98)  (all builds)
Memory12.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20181113
Uptime1.1 Days
Run DateJun 14 '19 at 13:42
Run Duration125 Seconds
Run User PHL-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing as expected (46th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-9400F-$159
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
81.2% Excellent
1-Core 119
2-Core 236
84% 177 Pts
4-Core 458
8-Core 633
71% 545 Pts
64-Core 649
44% 649 Pts
Poor: 76%
This bench: 81.2%
Great: 86%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1660-$217
Zotac(19DA 3543) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 2100 MHz, MLim: 2013 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 430.64
Performing way below expectations (14th percentile)
59.2% Above average
Lighting 265
Reflection 203
Parallax 216
70% 228 fps
MRender 135
Gravity 221
Splatting 167
59% 174 fps
Poor: 58%
This bench: 59.2%
Great: 66%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Adata XPG SX6000 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB
51GB free (System drive)
Firmware: V9001b31 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 1,935
Write 1,002
Mixed 196
226% 1,044 MB/s
4K Read 12.6
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 33.8
130% 57.9 MB/s
DQ Read 283
DQ Write 356
DQ Mixed 234
200% 291 MB/s
Poor: 115% Great: 222%
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016)-$37
931GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 193 195 189 192 197 196 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
112% Outstanding
Read 196
Write 114
Mixed 80.8
SusWrite 194
107% 146 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
144% 1.1 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 112%
Great: 115%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury 2666 C16 2x8GB-$81
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
81.9% Excellent
MC Read 32.1
MC Write 31.8
MC Mixed 24.2
84% 29.4 GB/s
SC Read 17.4
SC Write 27.5
SC Mixed 24.4
66% 23.1 GB/s
Latency 63.9
63% 63.9 ns
Poor: 57%
This bench: 81.9%
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 Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) Builds (Compare 16,876 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $126

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $932
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HDDRAMUSB
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