MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 57%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (81st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 19 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 91.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics54% 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)
Boot Drive96.5% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display2560 x 1080 - 32 Bit kolorów
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160516
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 11 '19 at 23:12
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing above expectations (81st percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$270
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (86th percentile)
91.4% Outstanding
Memory 96.3
1-Core 137
2-Core 272
96% 169 Pts
4-Core 466
8-Core 720
76% 593 Pts
64-Core 723
48% 723 Pts
Poor: 74%
This bench: 91.4%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$395
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 431.36
Performing way above expectations (85th percentile)
54% Above average
Lighting 205
Reflection 180
Parallax 200
54% 195 fps
MRender 156
Gravity 193
Splatting 127
54% 159 fps
Poor: 48%
This bench: 54%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Intel 730 Series 240GB-$350
160GB free (System drive)
Firmware: L2010420
SusWrite @10s intervals: 277 278 279 273 274 277 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
96.5% Outstanding
Read 400
Write 280
Mixed 272
SusWrite 276
69% 307 MB/s
4K Read 36.1
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 38
166% 64 MB/s
DQ Read 350
DQ Write 265
DQ Mixed 273
214% 296 MB/s
Poor: 66%
This bench: 96.5%
Great: 95%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
739GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 131 130 131 130 131 MB/s
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
75.9% Very good
Read 134
Write 131
Mixed 62
SusWrite 131
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
198% 1.57 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 75.9%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB-$125
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
99% Outstanding
MC Read 35.3
MC Write 38.8
MC Mixed 30.2
99% 34.8 GB/s
SC Read 22.2
SC Write 41.5
SC Mixed 30.8
90% 31.5 GB/s
Latency 52.8
76% 52.8 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 99%
Great: 86%
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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 7,412 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $920
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