MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (10th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 90 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
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 56.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics47% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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 Drive48.7% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 10 years and 4 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Very high background CPU (54%). 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)
Memory9.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20160727
Uptime0 Days
Run DateNov 16 '19 at 22:28
Run Duration131 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU 54%

 PC Performing way below expectations (10th 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
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
56.1% Above average
1-Core 85.1
2-Core 198
65% 142 Pts
4-Core 302
8-Core 305
42% 304 Pts
64-Core 302
20% 302 Pts
Poor: 56%
This bench: 56.1%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-3GB-$185
CLim: 1949 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 441.20
Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)
47% Average
Lighting 174
Reflection 140
Parallax 144
46% 153 fps
MRender 147
Gravity 165
Splatting 132
47% 148 fps
Poor: 49%
This bench: 47%
Great: 57%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Green SATA M.2 120GB-$64
35GB free (System drive)
Firmware: Z3311000
SusWrite @10s intervals: 48 89 45 61 64 41 MB/s
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
48.7% Average
Read 374
Write 319
Mixed 258
SusWrite 57.9
56% 252 MB/s
4K Read 15.5
4K Write 77.3
4K Mixed 17
86% 36.6 MB/s
DQ Read 118
DQ Write 89.2
DQ Mixed 18.3
37% 75 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 48.7%
Great: 70%
Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1TB-$40
392GB free
Firmware: AX0R2J
SusWrite @10s intervals: 19 22 14 19 22 82 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
14.7% Very poor
Read 21.3
Write 13.8
Mixed 10.5
SusWrite 29.8
14% 18.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.2
38% 0.3 MB/s
Poor: 22%
This bench: 14.7%
Great: 62%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown GY2400D464L15S/8G 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
43.7% Average
MC Read 15.8
MC Write 15.6
MC Mixed 13.6
43% 15 GB/s
SC Read 11.3
SC Write 11.7
SC Mixed 12
33% 11.7 GB/s
Latency 68.7
58% 68.7 ns
Poor: 45%
This bench: 43.7%
Great: 88%
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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 2,111 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $928
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