MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (79th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 21 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 88.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics94.7% 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 Drive218% 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.
Very high background CPU (65%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory10.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170424
Uptime9.6 Days
Run DateOct 20 '19 at 11:34
Run Duration162 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 65%
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 PC Performing above expectations (79th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$275
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (77th percentile)
88.8% Excellent
Memory 93.9
1-Core 135
2-Core 267
94% 165 Pts
4-Core 452
8-Core 696
73% 574 Pts
64-Core 696
47% 696 Pts
Poor: 72%
This bench: 88.8%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2060-$338
CLim: 2130 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 436.48
Performing below potential (71st percentile) - GPU OC Guide
94.7% Outstanding
Lighting 118
Reflection 114
Parallax 106
97% 113 fps
MRender 133
Gravity 99
Splatting 84.8
76% 106 fps
Poor: 83%
This bench: 94.7%
Great: 100%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Corsair Force MP500 NVMe PCIe M.2 480GB-$274
285GB free (System drive)
Firmware: E7FM04.C Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1061 1118 974 1155 1208 1265 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
218% Outstanding
Read 1,172
Write 987
Mixed 789
SusWrite 1,130
229% 1,019 MB/s
4K Read 44.2
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 60.1
216% 80.2 MB/s
DQ Read 842
DQ Write 750
DQ Mixed 568
488% 720 MB/s
Poor: 109%
This bench: 218%
Great: 213%
Kingston A400 240GB-$26
125GB free
Firmware: SBFK71B1
SusWrite @10s intervals: 215 54 51 51 51 51 MB/s
Performing above expectations (72nd percentile)
76.7% Very good
Read 447
Write 163
Mixed 298
SusWrite 78.8
54% 247 MB/s
4K Read 30.5
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 30.6
138% 53.7 MB/s
DQ Read 234
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 173
161% 245 MB/s
Poor: 33%
This bench: 76.7%
Great: 102%
Sandisk PLUS 120 GB 120GB
60GB free
Firmware: UE4500RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 23 117 77 62 69 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
52.8% Above average
Read 455
Write 206
Mixed 237
SusWrite 78.1
54% 244 MB/s
4K Read 23.8
4K Write 42.2
4K Mixed 20.1
84% 28.7 MB/s
DQ Read 117
DQ Write 80.3
DQ Mixed 40.7
46% 79.3 MB/s
Poor: 30%
This bench: 52.8%
Great: 52%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$50
1.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 183 185 188 188 188 186 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)
110% Outstanding
Read 196
Write 161
Mixed 88.8
SusWrite 186
116% 158 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
135% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 110%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C16 2x8GB-$58
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
74.6% Very good
MC Read 28
MC Write 28.2
MC Mixed 21.5
74% 25.9 GB/s
SC Read 16.5
SC Write 29.7
SC Mixed 24.6
67% 23.6 GB/s
Latency 60.1
66% 60.1 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 74.6%
Great: 88%

 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 2,161 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $828
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