MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 141%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 137%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 82%
Aircraft carrier
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (57th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 43 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. 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 80%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics184% is a record breaking 3D score, it's almost off the scale. This GPU can handle all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive338% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory11.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.9 Days
Run DateJul 11 '19 at 18:28
Run Duration212 Seconds
Run User TUR-User
Background CPU3%

 PC Performing as expected (57th 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 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
80% Excellent
1-Core 124
2-Core 247
87% 186 Pts
4-Core 431
8-Core 557
65% 494 Pts
64-Core 564
38% 564 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 80%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2080-Ti-$1,100
CLim: 2100 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 431.36
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
184% Outstanding
Lighting 683
Reflection 617
Parallax 806
180% 702 fps
MRender 541
Gravity 655
Splatting 330
185% 508 fps
Poor: 76%
This bench: 184%
Great: 199%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB-$210
573GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1553 1482 1492 1458 1495 1471 MB/s
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
338% Outstanding
Read 2,553
Write 2,333
Mixed 1,493
SusWrite 1,492
441% 1,968 MB/s
4K Read 67.3
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 91.9
305% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 1,277
DQ Write 987
DQ Mixed 1,103
833% 1,123 MB/s
Poor: 228%
This bench: 338%
Great: 375%
WD Purple 2TB (2014)-$68
474GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 92 96 96 95 96 MB/s
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
62.2% Good
Read 122
Write 110
Mixed 63.7
SusWrite 94.5
72% 97.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
166% 1.2 MB/s
Poor: 36%
This bench: 62.2%
Great: 85%
Toshiba MK7559GSXP 750GB-$118
636GB free
Firmware: GN001C
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 102 102 101 102 102 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
56.7% Above average
Read 96.7
Write 97.2
Mixed 20.7
SusWrite 101
57% 78.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.6
121% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 18%
This bench: 56.7%
Great: 56%
Toshiba MK4058GSX 400GB
82GB free
Firmware: FF011M
SusWrite @10s intervals: 27 28 28 28 28 28 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
16.3% Very poor
Read 28.7
Write 30
Mixed 20
SusWrite 27.8
20% 26.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.6
108% 0.73 MB/s
Poor: 17%
This bench: 16.3%
Great: 35%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2666 C15 2x8GB-$169
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
90.4% Outstanding
MC Read 32.5
MC Write 35
MC Mixed 28
91% 31.8 GB/s
SC Read 20.1
SC Write 37.4
SC Mixed 27.8
81% 28.4 GB/s
Latency 58
69% 58 ns
Poor: 48%
This bench: 90.4%
Great: 97%
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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 6,572 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) - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $839
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