MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Gaming 18%
Desktop 13%
Tree trunk
Workstation 12%
Tree trunk
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (22nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 78 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 3.48%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is terrible.
Graphics49.7% 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 Drive42.3% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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.
Very high background CPU (100%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory11.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161017
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 18 '19 at 15:27
Run Duration222 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 100%

 PC Performing below expectations (22nd 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-$175
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
3.48% Terrible
1-Core 4.5
2-Core 11.4
4% 7.95 Pts
4-Core 20.5
8-Core 30.8
3% 25.6 Pts
64-Core 7.1
0% 7.1 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 3.48%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 Fury-$400
CLim: 1020 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 19.2.2
Relative performance (0th percentile)
49.7% Average
Lighting 31.4
Reflection 27.6
Parallax 285
8% 115 fps
MRender 103
Gravity 199
Splatting 144
52% 148 fps
Poor: 57%
This bench: 49.7%
Great: 65%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
MyDigitalSSD BPX NVMe PCIe M.2 480GB-$148
99GB free (System drive)
Firmware: E7FM03.6 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 208 245 195 275 148 125 MB/s
Relative performance (0th percentile)
42.3% Average
Read 465
Write 230
Mixed 202
SusWrite 199
61% 274 MB/s
4K Read 6.4
4K Write 10.5
4K Mixed 9.3
27% 8.73 MB/s
DQ Read 79
DQ Write 52.1
DQ Mixed 100
66% 77.1 MB/s
Poor: 108%
This bench: 42.3%
Great: 210%
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013)-$90
2TB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 156 142 159 159 156 163 MB/s
Performing as expected (44th percentile)
75.6% Very good
Read 108
Write 119
Mixed 71
SusWrite 156
83% 113 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 1 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 75.6%
Great: 100%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 2133 C15 1x16GB
1 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2300 MHz
Relative performance (0th percentile)
12.7% Very poor
MC Read 2.2
MC Write 7.6
MC Mixed 5.2
14% 5 GB/s
SC Read 1
SC Write 2.9
SC Mixed 0.6
4% 1.5 GB/s
Latency 422
10% 422 ns
Poor: 33%
This bench: 12.7%
Great: 44%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 7,630 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 76%
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 57%

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $966
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