MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (40th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 60 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. 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 74.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics78% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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 (22%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory11.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160523
Uptime0.7 Days
Run DateOct 27 '19 at 01:45
Run Duration158 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 22%

 PC Performing as expected (40th 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-$172
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (45th percentile)
74.9% Very good
1-Core 92.3
2-Core 244
76% 168 Pts
4-Core 467
8-Core 458
63% 462 Pts
64-Core 470
32% 470 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 74.9%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-Ti-$480
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 440.97
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
78% Very good
Lighting 312
Reflection 283
Parallax 309
82% 301 fps
MRender 192
Gravity 289
Splatting 197
78% 226 fps
Poor: 68%
This bench: 78%
Great: 86%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
HyperX Fury 240GB-$193
6GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 603ABBF0
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
Read 196
Write 202
Mixed 173
43% 191 MB/s
4K Read 24.5
4K Write 99.2
4K Mixed 22.9
119% 48.9 MB/s
DQ Read 114
DQ Write 164
DQ Mixed 156
113% 145 MB/s
Poor: 54% Great: 84%
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB-$85
71GB free
Firmware: X41100RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 334 271 263 244 118 175 MB/s
Performing as expected (60th percentile)
88.9% Excellent
Read 312
Write 375
Mixed 261
SusWrite 234
67% 296 MB/s
4K Read 35.8
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 35.1
156% 59.6 MB/s
DQ Read 388
DQ Write 292
DQ Mixed 208
191% 296 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 88.9%
Great: 107%
WD Green 1.5TB (2010)-$70
290GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 26 28 28 28 28 28 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
29.9% Poor
Read 76.7
Write 23.5
Mixed 31.8
SusWrite 27.4
29% 39.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.5
92% 0.53 MB/s
Poor: 26%
This bench: 29.9%
Great: 63%
Samsung HD103SI 1TB-$70
580GB free
Firmware: 1AG01118
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 95 95 95 94 94 MB/s
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
52.8% Above average
Read 89.3
Write 99
Mixed 52
SusWrite 94.4
61% 83.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 25%
This bench: 52.8%
Great: 60%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2133 C13 2x8GB-$69
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (6th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
41.5% Average
MC Read 13.8
MC Write 14.6
MC Mixed 13
39% 13.8 GB/s
SC Read 12.3
SC Write 11.9
SC Mixed 13.7
36% 12.6 GB/s
Latency 68.2
59% 68.2 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 41.5%
Great: 81%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 2,276 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $877
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