MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 57%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (58th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 42 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 71.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics56.8% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2070 = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive118% 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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit farver
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160516
Uptime6.4 Days
Run DateNov 08 '19 at 16:51
Run Duration126 Seconds
Run User DNK-User
Background CPU6%

 PC Performing as expected (58th 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-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
71.9% Very good
1-Core 107
2-Core 210
75% 159 Pts
4-Core 409
8-Core 410
56% 410 Pts
64-Core 415
28% 415 Pts
Poor: 58%
This bench: 71.9%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB-$285
CLim: 1949 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 440.97
Performing above expectations (69th percentile)
56.8% Above average
Lighting 228
Reflection 193
Parallax 210
58% 210 fps
MRender 148
Gravity 210
Splatting 158
55% 172 fps
Poor: 51%
This bench: 56.8%
Great: 61%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX500 1TB-$107
405GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M3CR023
SusWrite @10s intervals: 390 420 432 447 447 415 MB/s
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
118% Outstanding
Read 498
Write 448
Mixed 415
SusWrite 425
100% 446 MB/s
4K Read 37.4
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 54.2
183% 66.2 MB/s
DQ Read 368
DQ Write 305
DQ Mixed 278
224% 317 MB/s
Poor: 83%
This bench: 118%
Great: 126%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$30
921GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 168 173 184 178 181 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)
110% Outstanding
Read 209
Write 168
Mixed 80.5
SusWrite 176
115% 158 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
157% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 110%
Great: 113%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial CT8G4DFD8213.C16FBD1 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
69.2% Good
MC Read 24.6
MC Write 28.2
MC Mixed 24
73% 25.6 GB/s
SC Read 15
SC Write 26.6
SC Mixed 21.4
60% 21 GB/s
Latency 202
20% 202 ns
Poor: 43%
This bench: 69.2%
Great: 79%
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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 5,974 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 GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $854
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