MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 127%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (76th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 24 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 80.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics78.1% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive314% 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.
High background CPU (28%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory14.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180125
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 28 '19 at 22:58
Run Duration243 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 28%

 PC Performing above expectations (76th 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-$200
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (64th percentile)
80.5% Excellent
1-Core 117
2-Core 243
84% 180 Pts
4-Core 463
8-Core 458
63% 461 Pts
64-Core 465
31% 465 Pts
Poor: 56%
This bench: 80.5%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti-$270
CLim: 2175 MHz, MLim: 3000 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 436.30
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
78.1% Very good
Lighting 319
Reflection 250
Parallax 307
84% 292 fps
MRender 226
Gravity 278
Splatting 189
78% 231 fps
Poor: 70%
This bench: 78.1%
Great: 79%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$110
364GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1607 1140 829 829 830 826 MB/s
Performing above expectations (69th percentile)
314% Outstanding
Read 2,312
Write 2,436
Mixed 1,565
SusWrite 1010
410% 1,831 MB/s
4K Read 71.3
4K Write 184
4K Mixed 99.9
334% 119 MB/s
DQ Read 1,418
DQ Write 1,120
DQ Mixed 1,260
945% 1,266 MB/s
Poor: 219%
This bench: 314%
Great: 335%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$33
585GB free
Firmware: CC45
SusWrite @10s intervals: 186 198 201 202 200 195 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (85th percentile)
108% Outstanding
Read 180
Write 136
Mixed 90.4
SusWrite 197
110% 151 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.7
146% 1.13 MB/s
Poor: 46%
This bench: 108%
Great: 115%
Garmin nuvi Flash 2GB
2GB free, PID 233b
Operating at USB 1.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
0.34% Terrible
Read 0.5
Write 0.2
Mixed 0.2
SusWrite 0.6
0% 0.38 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0.1
6% 0.23 MB/s
Poor: 0%
This bench: 0.34%
Great: 1%
Garmin nuvi SD Card 8GB
5GB free, PID 233b
Operating at USB 1.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
1.77% Terrible
Read 0.5
Write 0.7
Mixed 0.7
SusWrite 0.1
1% 0.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.6
40% 0.57 MB/s
Poor: 0%
This bench: 1.77%
Great: 2%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
112% Outstanding
MC Read 39.4
MC Write 44.7
MC Mixed 35.9
114% 40 GB/s
SC Read 21.5
SC Write 46.4
SC Mixed 32
95% 33.3 GB/s
Latency 50.9
78% 50.9 ns
Poor: 56%
This bench: 112%
Great: 112%
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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 6,177 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $981
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