MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (43rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 57 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 73.5%, 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.
High background CPU (29%). 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 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit Farben
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160516
Uptime0.3 Days
Run DateJun 20 '19 at 20:24
Run Duration157 Seconds
Run User DEU-User
Background CPU 29%

 PC Performing as expected (43rd 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-$275
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
73.5% Very good
1-Core 119
2-Core 187
75% 153 Pts
4-Core 396
8-Core 556
62% 476 Pts
64-Core 637
43% 637 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 73.5%
Great: 94%
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 (2nd percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (164 fps cap detected)
47.7% Average
Lighting 164
Reflection 164
Parallax 164
43% 164 fps
MRender 163
Gravity 164
Splatting 164
48% 164 fps
Poor: 87%
This bench: 47.7%
Great: 114%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$61
24GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 477
Write 452
Mixed 393
98% 441 MB/s
4K Read 39.3
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 52.2
187% 68.4 MB/s
DQ Read 294
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 60
117% 233 MB/s
Poor: 70% Great: 122%
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$115
218GB free
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 437 454 460 469 466 468 MB/s
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
123% Outstanding
Read 490
Write 464
Mixed 406
SusWrite 459
102% 455 MB/s
4K Read 42.7
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 56.5
197% 70.6 MB/s
DQ Read 297
DQ Write 345
DQ Mixed 312
238% 318 MB/s
Poor: 78%
This bench: 123%
Great: 133%
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB-$160
98GB free
Firmware: 1AA01118
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 89 89 89 90 87 MB/s
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
47.4% Average
Read 75.7
Write 90
Mixed 57
SusWrite 89.2
57% 78 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
188% 1.33 MB/s
Poor: 30%
This bench: 47.4%
Great: 63%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$37
261GB free
Firmware: CC4B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 142 140 142 142 142 143 MB/s
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
91.2% Outstanding
Read 176
Write 178
Mixed 83.5
SusWrite 142
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.8
156% 1.07 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 91.2%
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 as expected (50th percentile)
92.1% Outstanding
MC Read 31.8
MC Write 37.1
MC Mixed 29
93% 32.6 GB/s
SC Read 20.5
SC Write 37.8
SC Mixed 24.2
79% 27.5 GB/s
Latency 54.4
74% 54.4 ns
Poor: 57%
This bench: 92.1%
Great: 103%
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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 6,910 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $894
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