MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht
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 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 78.6%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics51.8% 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)
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory20.3 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit farger
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150728
Uptime13 Days
Run DateJun 26 '19 at 19:57
Run Duration127 Seconds
Run User NOR-User
Background CPU0%

 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-$299
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
78.6% Very good
1-Core 122
2-Core 222
82% 172 Pts
4-Core 425
8-Core 624
68% 525 Pts
64-Core 590
40% 590 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 78.6%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$428
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 430.86
Performing above expectations (63rd percentile)
51.8% Above average
Lighting 196
Reflection 173
Parallax 209
52% 193 fps
MRender 151
Gravity 185
Splatting 120
52% 152 fps
Poor: 47%
This bench: 51.8%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Intel 530 Series 180GB-$245
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DC12
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 304
Write 170
Mixed 228
52% 234 MB/s
4K Read 34.5
4K Write 93.1
4K Mixed 34.4
146% 54 MB/s
DQ Read 229
DQ Write 177
DQ Mixed 115
110% 173 MB/s
Poor: 53% Great: 84%
Samsung 850 Evo 1TB-$285
108GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 441 428 398 263 232 212 MB/s
Performing as expected (41st percentile)
112% Outstanding
Read 437
Write 476
Mixed 369
SusWrite 329
91% 403 MB/s
4K Read 37.4
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 55.4
187% 68.4 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 347
265% 358 MB/s
Poor: 80%
This bench: 112%
Great: 135%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2400 C12 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (8th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
71% Very good
MC Read 24.1
MC Write 27.9
MC Mixed 22.5
71% 24.8 GB/s
SC Read 17
SC Write 26.3
SC Mixed 23.9
64% 22.4 GB/s
Latency 68.1
59% 68.1 ns
Poor: 71%
This bench: 71%
Great: 123%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 7,616 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $977
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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-9600K $218Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Crucial MX500 250GB $42
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Intel Core i7-9700K $356Nvidia RTX 2060 $349Samsung 850 Pro 512GB $249
HDDRAMUSB
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