MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 51%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (38th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 62 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 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 79.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics47.7% 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 (13%). 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)
Memory9.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit Farben
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160516
Uptime6.8 Days
Run DateJun 20 '19 at 12:09
Run Duration155 Seconds
Run User DEU-User
Background CPU 13%

 PC Performing below expectations (38th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-6700K-$280
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (44th percentile)
79.2% Very good
1-Core 127
2-Core 236
86% 181 Pts
4-Core 414
8-Core 665
69% 539 Pts
64-Core 658
44% 658 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 79.2%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$540
CLim: 1911 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 419.35
Performing below potential (1st percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (164 fps cap detected)
47.7% Average
Lighting 164
Reflection 164
Parallax 164
43% 164 fps
MRender 164
Gravity 164
Splatting 164
48% 164 fps
Poor: 92%
This bench: 47.7%
Great: 115%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$85
24GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 468
Write 447
Mixed 356
94% 423 MB/s
4K Read 39.3
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 54.9
189% 68.6 MB/s
DQ Read 44.5
DQ Write 124
DQ Mixed 61.7
54% 76.8 MB/s
Poor: 74% Great: 124%
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$115
218GB free
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 459 469 474 486 486 472 MB/s
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
125% Outstanding
Read 470
Write 444
Mixed 387
SusWrite 474
100% 444 MB/s
4K Read 42.2
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 59
202% 72.8 MB/s
DQ Read 292
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 89.6
131% 242 MB/s
Poor: 77%
This bench: 125%
Great: 133%
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB-$160
98GB free
Firmware: 1AA01118
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 92 92 92 93 89 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
47.9% Average
Read 75
Write 86.2
Mixed 59
SusWrite 91.4
57% 77.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
183% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 30%
This bench: 47.9%
Great: 64%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$34
260GB free
Firmware: CC4B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 142 143 142 140 141 MB/s
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
87.1% Excellent
Read 164
Write 176
Mixed 81.2
SusWrite 140
102% 140 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
169% 1.13 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 87.1%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$74
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
55% Above average
MC Read 18.6
MC Write 19.7
MC Mixed 15.8
52% 18 GB/s
SC Read 16.2
SC Write 20.8
SC Mixed 18.4
53% 18.5 GB/s
Latency 54
74% 54 ns
Poor: 54%
This bench: 55%
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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 6,603 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $969
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