MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 22%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 27%
Raft
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (40th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 60 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 16.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics34.9% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive162% 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (11%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
4 months ago, 4 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory12.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit cores
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20171207
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 01 '19 at 13:08
Run Duration137 Seconds
Run User PRT-User
Background CPU 11%

 PC Performing as expected (40th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6600K-$189
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
16.8% Very poor
1-Core 24.9
2-Core 49.7
18% 37.3 Pts
4-Core 95.5
8-Core 96.1
13% 95.8 Pts
64-Core 94.3
6% 94.3 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 16.8%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 380-$135
CLim: 980 MHz, MLim: 1425 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 19.8.2
Performing as expected (60th percentile)
34.9% Below average
Lighting 103
Reflection 115
Parallax 186
27% 135 fps
MRender 104
Gravity 125
Splatting 83.3
35% 104 fps
Poor: 33%
This bench: 34.9%
Great: 37%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
NE-1TB 1TB
916GB free (System drive)
Firmware: S0620A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 735 1119 1173 1204 1263 1287 MB/s
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
162% Outstanding
Read 1,206
Write 1,302
Mixed 896
SusWrite 1130
255% 1,133 MB/s
4K Read 31.3
4K Write 54.5
4K Mixed 25.9
110% 37.2 MB/s
DQ Read 334
DQ Write 190
DQ Mixed 277
202% 267 MB/s
Poor: 98%
This bench: 162%
Great: 250%
SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 32GB-$9
24GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 44 48 49 49 50 50 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
40% Average
Read 148
Write 50.3
Mixed 76.3
SusWrite 48.6
95% 80.8 MB/s
4K Read 6.2
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 3.2
203% 3.83 MB/s
Poor: 10%
This bench: 40%
Great: 37%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2800 C14 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
46.4% Average
MC Read 16.3
MC Write 16.1
MC Mixed 20.7
51% 17.7 GB/s
SC Read 6.3
SC Write 9.9
SC Mixed 8.4
23% 8.2 GB/s
Latency 114
35% 114 ns
Poor: 43%
This bench: 46.4%
Great: 100%
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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 M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 12,950 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $910
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