MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (65th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 35 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 74.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics6.38% is a very low 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can only handle very basic 3D games but it's fine for general computing tasks.
Boot Drive81.3% 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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory13.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit kolorów
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateNov 18 '19 at 16:56
Run Duration153 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing above expectations (65th percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-6700-$299
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
74.7% Very good
1-Core 113
2-Core 228
80% 170 Pts
4-Core 408
8-Core 575
64% 491 Pts
64-Core 595
40% 595 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 74.7%
Great: 79%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Intel HD 530 (Desktop Skylake)
MSI(1462 7978) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 26.20.100.7263
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
6.38% Terrible
Lighting 22.9
Reflection 29.5
Parallax 25.8
6% 26.1 fps
MRender 24.9
Gravity 20.9
Splatting 35.7
6% 27.2 fps
Poor: 4%
This bench: 6.38%
Great: 7%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB-$85
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 603ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 149 126 109 131 144 137 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
81.3% Excellent
Read 400
Write 195
Mixed 241
SusWrite 133
54% 242 MB/s
4K Read 31.6
4K Write 109
4K Mixed 43
161% 61.1 MB/s
DQ Read 167
DQ Write 182
DQ Mixed 180
134% 177 MB/s
Poor: 40%
This bench: 81.3%
Great: 83%
WD Green 2TB (2012)-$53
804GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 127 127 127 127 127 MB/s
Performing above expectations (77th percentile)
74.2% Very good
Read 132
Write 114
Mixed 76.5
SusWrite 126
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
197% 1.47 MB/s
Poor: 39%
This bench: 74.2%
Great: 85%
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013)-$95
656GB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 134 133 135 134 134 MB/s
Performing below expectations (37th percentile)
73.9% Very good
Read 124
Write 85.3
Mixed 73.9
SusWrite 134
77% 104 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
130% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 73.9%
Great: 99%
Seagate Barracuda 8TB (2017)-$139
1.5TB free
Firmware: 0001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 125 128 129 129 128 MB/s
Performing below expectations (39th percentile)
67.1% Good
Read 107
Write 103
Mixed 65.7
SusWrite 126
74% 100 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 4.7
4K Mixed 0.5
188% 2.1 MB/s
Poor: 41%
This bench: 67.1%
Great: 93%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$299
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below potential (36th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
77.3% Very good
MC Read 27.9
MC Write 29.7
MC Mixed 23.5
77% 27 GB/s
SC Read 18
SC Write 31.5
SC Mixed 24.2
70% 24.6 GB/s
Latency 63.7
63% 63.7 ns
Poor: 46%
This bench: 77.3%
Great: 94%
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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 6,582 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $839
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