MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (44th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 56 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 72.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics53.1% 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)
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory27.2 GB free of 32 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display2560 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime0 Days
Run DateDec 03 '19 at 23:59
Run Duration149 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU8%

 PC Performing as expected (44th 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-$298
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
72.9% Very good
1-Core 108
2-Core 216
76% 162 Pts
4-Core 404
8-Core 617
65% 510 Pts
64-Core 634
43% 634 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 72.9%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 480-$140
CLim: 1288 MHz, MLim: 2000 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 19.9.2
Performing above expectations (62nd percentile)
53.1% Above average
Lighting 184
Reflection 175
Parallax 264
48% 208 fps
MRender 144
Gravity 194
Splatting 128
54% 155 fps
Poor: 44%
This bench: 53.1%
Great: 57%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 525GB-$138
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M0CR021
SusWrite @10s intervals: 50 52 52 53 53 53 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 64% Great: 100%
Intel 660p NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB-$110
844GB free
Firmware: 002C Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 474 438 438 443 443 441 MB/s
Performing below expectations (28th percentile)
201% Outstanding
Read 1,362
Write 1,538
Mixed 1,063
SusWrite 446
247% 1,102 MB/s
4K Read 57.7
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 79.1
276% 100 MB/s
DQ Read 637
DQ Write 903
DQ Mixed 269
344% 603 MB/s
Poor: 170%
This bench: 201%
Great: 269%
Toshiba X300 5TB-$144
477GB free
Firmware: FP2A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 128 129 134 126 134 MB/s
Performing below expectations (29th percentile)
81.1% Excellent
Read 152
Write 146
Mixed 54.5
SusWrite 130
88% 121 MB/s
4K Read 2
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1.1
248% 1.8 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 81.1%
Great: 112%
Toshiba X300 6TB-$157
3.5TB free
Firmware: FS2A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 185 187 182 189 190 185 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 57% Great: 111%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3200 C16 2x16GB
2 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
102% Outstanding
MC Read 37.1
MC Write 41.6
MC Mixed 31.6
105% 36.8 GB/s
SC Read 20.7
SC Write 39.9
SC Mixed 28.1
84% 29.6 GB/s
Latency 59.5
67% 59.5 ns
Poor: 60%
This bench: 102%
Great: 108%
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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 M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 12,406 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $971
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