MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 50%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way above expectations (95th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 5 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. This PC is likely operated by a technical master!
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 97%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics36.8% 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 Drive104% 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.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory13.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit kolorów
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161222
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 26 '19 at 00:50
Run Duration123 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU2%

 PC Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6400-$179
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.7 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
97% Outstanding
1-Core 144
2-Core 287
101% 215 Pts
4-Core 553
8-Core 552
76% 552 Pts
64-Core 551
37% 551 Pts
Poor: 45%
This bench: 97%
Great: 67%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1536 MHz, MLim: 2061 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 440.97
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
36.8% Below average
Lighting 152
Reflection 127
Parallax 141
40% 140 fps
MRender 98.3
Gravity 133
Splatting 89.2
37% 107 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 36.8%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial BX100 250GB-$99
95GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 232 338 354 339 293 282 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
104% Outstanding
Read 518
Write 356
Mixed 338
SusWrite 306
85% 380 MB/s
4K Read 31.5
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 45.8
167% 63.8 MB/s
DQ Read 279
DQ Write 320
DQ Mixed 197
177% 265 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 104%
Great: 104%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
311GB free, PID a20c
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 87 87 87 87 87 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (85th percentile)
38.8% Below average
Read 100
Write 85.5
Mixed 35.7
SusWrite 86.6
100% 77.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.5
77% 0.9 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 38.8%
Great: 43%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown CMK8GX4M2B3000C15 029E CMK8GX4M2B3000C15 Kingston KHX3000C15D4/8GX 16GB
3180, 3180, 3180 MHz
4096, 4096, 8192 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
112% Outstanding
MC Read 40.2
MC Write 43.9
MC Mixed 35.6
114% 39.9 GB/s
SC Read 23.5
SC Write 46.3
SC Mixed 32.8
98% 34.2 GB/s
Latency 48.3
83% 48.3 ns
Poor: 67%
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 PC MATE (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 7,054 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 75%
Desktop 80%
Workstation 56%

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) - $108

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $936
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