MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (67th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 33 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 81.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics66.2% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive104% 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)
Memory12.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime14.8 Days
Run DateDec 02 '19 at 23:54
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing above expectations (67th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i7-6700K-$270
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (53rd percentile)
81.1% Excellent
1-Core 129
2-Core 248
89% 189 Pts
4-Core 424
8-Core 626
68% 525 Pts
64-Core 668
45% 668 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 81.1%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-$500
Zotac(19DA 2368) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1557 MHz, MLim: 1800 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 441.12
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
66.2% Good
Lighting 273
Reflection 233
Parallax 253
72% 253 fps
MRender 175
Gravity 240
Splatting 166
66% 194 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 66.2%
Great: 67%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 840 Evo 250GB-$100
162GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXT0BB6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 161 153 138 133 143 129 MB/s
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
104% Outstanding
Read 505
Write 487
Mixed 346
SusWrite 143
83% 370 MB/s
4K Read 43.9
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 54.1
198% 72 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 270
DQ Mixed 128
149% 259 MB/s
Poor: 66%
This bench: 104%
Great: 117%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$42
367GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 120 115 117 119 119 118 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
84.7% Excellent
Read 177
Write 170
Mixed 88.5
SusWrite 118
102% 138 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 84.7%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$63
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
92.9% Outstanding
MC Read 35.5
MC Write 35.7
MC Mixed 26.3
93% 32.5 GB/s
SC Read 21.7
SC Write 36.5
SC Mixed 28.9
83% 29 GB/s
Latency 51.2
78% 51.2 ns
Poor: 53%
This bench: 92.9%
Great: 104%
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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 6,460 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $113

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $877
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HDDRAMUSB
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $42Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $63SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
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