MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 41%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 27%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (31st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 69 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 an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 27.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics134% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive65.6% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
13 months ago, 13 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 12 '19 at 07:01
Run Duration136 Seconds
Run User THA-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing below expectations (31st percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6600-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Relative performance (0th percentile)
27.5% Poor
Memory 43.2
1-Core 22.4
2-Core 43.8
25% 36.5 Pts
4-Core 67.7
8-Core 81.5
10% 74.6 Pts
64-Core 81.5
6% 81.5 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 27.5%
Great: 84%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti-$693
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2752 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 390.65
Performing below potential (51st percentile) - GPU OC Guide
134% Outstanding
Lighting 159
Reflection 174
Parallax 481
42% 271 fps
MRender 255
Gravity 538
Splatting 273
139% 355 fps
Poor: 96%
This bench: 134%
Great: 146%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Gamer 120MG100-A1 120GB
26GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.00
SusWrite @10s intervals: 220 252 296 269 163 151 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
65.6% Good
Read 375
Write 343
Mixed 305
SusWrite 225
70% 312 MB/s
4K Read 21.6
4K Write 38.7
4K Mixed 26.9
88% 29.1 MB/s
DQ Read 229
DQ Write 196
DQ Mixed 158
133% 194 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 65.6%
Great: 104%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$34
594GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 149 152 162 162 164 162 MB/s
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
92.4% Outstanding
Read 163
Write 154
Mixed 82.5
SusWrite 158
102% 139 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
229% 1.67 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 92.4%
Great: 111%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$89
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
33.4% Below average
MC Read 12
MC Write 13.8
MC Mixed 11.6
36% 12.5 GB/s
SC Read 5.8
SC Write 8.8
SC Mixed 8.6
22% 7.73 GB/s
Latency 188
21% 188 ns
Poor: 62%
This bench: 33.4%
Great: 106%

 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 1,437 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $824
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