MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 24%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 23%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (15th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 85 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 16.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics49.7% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2070 = 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 Drive82.4% 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Run History
2 months ago, 2 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory5.2 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150722
Uptime1 Days
Run DateSep 14 '19 at 07:57
Run Duration145 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU10%

 PC Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6500-$186
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
16.4% Very poor
1-Core 24.2
2-Core 48.7
17% 36.5 Pts
4-Core 93.4
8-Core 91.3
13% 92.4 Pts
64-Core 92.2
6% 92.2 Pts
Poor: 50%
This bench: 16.4%
Great: 72%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$185
CLim: 1405 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 436.15
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
49.7% Average
Lighting 138
Reflection 158
Parallax 201
36% 166 fps
MRender 149
Gravity 179
Splatting 117
51% 148 fps
Poor: 47%
This bench: 49.7%
Great: 57%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$76
96GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 301 239 263 283 281 288 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
82.4% Excellent
Read 462
Write 442
Mixed 363
SusWrite 276
87% 386 MB/s
4K Read 29.9
4K Write 48.4
4K Mixed 35.4
116% 37.9 MB/s
DQ Read 254
DQ Write 229
DQ Mixed 242
181% 242 MB/s
Poor: 75%
This bench: 82.4%
Great: 125%
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB-$200
411GB free
Firmware: X21200RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 314 285 401 397 406 450 MB/s
Performing below expectations (26th percentile)
86% Excellent
Read 473
Write 440
Mixed 328
SusWrite 376
91% 404 MB/s
4K Read 26.7
4K Write 50.6
4K Mixed 29.7
105% 35.7 MB/s
DQ Read 277
DQ Write 247
DQ Mixed 156
146% 227 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 86%
Great: 113%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x4GB-$38
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
43.7% Average
MC Read 15.7
MC Write 16.1
MC Mixed 19
48% 16.9 GB/s
SC Read 5.9
SC Write 9.7
SC Mixed 8.5
23% 8.03 GB/s
Latency 171
23% 171 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 43.7%
Great: 91%
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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 12,067 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $931
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