MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 36%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (55th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 45 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 72.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics33.5% 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 Drive120% 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory4.2 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160122
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 31 '19 at 14:47
Run Duration111 Seconds
Run User ITA-User
Background CPU0%

 PC Performing as expected (55th 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 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
72.9% Very good
1-Core 111
2-Core 203
75% 157 Pts
4-Core 412
8-Core 426
57% 419 Pts
64-Core 432
29% 432 Pts
Poor: 56%
This bench: 72.9%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 436.30
Performing above expectations (85th percentile)
33.5% Below average
Lighting 139
Reflection 116
Parallax 128
36% 128 fps
MRender 83
Gravity 124
Splatting 83.1
34% 96.5 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 33.5%
Great: 35%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$55
128GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 253 312 308 309 308 308 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
120% Outstanding
Read 492
Write 449
Mixed 374
SusWrite 300
91% 404 MB/s
4K Read 47.3
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 63
218% 77.9 MB/s
DQ Read 349
DQ Write 297
DQ Mixed 325
243% 324 MB/s
Poor: 76%
This bench: 120%
Great: 125%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x4GB-$67
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (6th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
42.8% Average
MC Read 14.9
MC Write 14.7
MC Mixed 12.5
40% 14 GB/s
SC Read 12.3
SC Write 14.9
SC Mixed 14.3
40% 13.8 GB/s
Latency 66
61% 66 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 42.8%
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 Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 6,744 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $910
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HDDRAMUSB
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