MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (43rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 57 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 70.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics35% 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 Drive100% 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (11%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory11.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160511
Uptime1.6 Days
Run DateNov 17 '19 at 19:35
Run Duration156 Seconds
Run User GRC-User
Background CPU 11%

 PC Performing as expected (43rd 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 below expectations (34th percentile)
70.9% Very good
1-Core 106
2-Core 210
74% 158 Pts
4-Core 402
8-Core 416
56% 409 Pts
64-Core 417
28% 417 Pts
Poor: 56%
This bench: 70.9%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
35% Below average
Lighting 144
Reflection 122
Parallax 133
38% 133 fps
MRender 82.8
Gravity 130
Splatting 87.1
35% 100 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 35%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 840 Evo 250GB-$100
109GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXT0CB6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 306 68 71 71 69 65 MB/s
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
100% Outstanding
Read 485
Write 459
Mixed 366
SusWrite 108
79% 355 MB/s
4K Read 41.8
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 55.3
188% 66.1 MB/s
DQ Read 375
DQ Write 329
DQ Mixed 218
200% 308 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 100%
Great: 117%
WD Blue 320GB (2008)-$17
255GB free
Firmware: 01.03E01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 26 26 26 27 27 27 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
35.2% Below average
Read 96
Write 33
Mixed 41.5
SusWrite 26.6
36% 49.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
92% 0.57 MB/s
Poor: 26%
This bench: 35.2%
Great: 61%
SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 16GB-$6
14GB free, PID 5581
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 20 21 21 21 21 9.3 MB/s
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
17% Very poor
Read 37
Write 20.2
Mixed 24.3
SusWrite 18.9
32% 25.1 MB/s
4K Read 6
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 2.7
182% 3.57 MB/s
Poor: 11%
This bench: 17%
Great: 35%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL F4 DDR4 2800 C15 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
69.9% Good
MC Read 26.6
MC Write 27.1
MC Mixed 21.1
71% 24.9 GB/s
SC Read 14.7
SC Write 24.9
SC Mixed 21.1
58% 20.2 GB/s
Latency 73.5
54% 73.5 ns
Poor: 52%
This bench: 69.9%
Great: 101%
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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 6,761 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 73%
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Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $180

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