MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK AC (MS-7970)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 62%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (71st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 29 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 93%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics50.5% 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 Drive102% 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-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK AC (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory11.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display2560 x 1600 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180630
Uptime2.4 Days
Run DateDec 08 '19 at 18:48
Run Duration127 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU0%

 PC Performing above expectations (71st 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-$280
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
93% Outstanding
1-Core 136
2-Core 272
96% 204 Pts
4-Core 523
8-Core 729
81% 626 Pts
64-Core 725
49% 725 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 93%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390X-$529
CLim: 1060 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 19.12.1
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
50.5% Above average
Lighting 227
Reflection 167
Parallax 283
60% 226 fps
MRender 134
Gravity 182
Splatting 184
50% 167 fps
Poor: 50%
This bench: 50.5%
Great: 55%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 SATA M.2 525GB-$140
444GB free (System drive)
Firmware: M0CR031
SusWrite @10s intervals: 479 484 248 229 230 230 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
102% Outstanding
Read 411
Write 485
Mixed 390
SusWrite 316
90% 401 MB/s
4K Read 29.2
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 44.2
168% 66.5 MB/s
DQ Read 343
DQ Write 327
DQ Mixed 318
244% 329 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 102%
Great: 99%
Samsung MZ7KM1T9HAJM-00005 2TB
1TB free
Firmware: GXM1003Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 482 488 489 490 490 490 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
132% Outstanding
Read 502
Write 490
Mixed 443
SusWrite 488
108% 481 MB/s
4K Read 41
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 60.5
213% 79.9 MB/s
DQ Read 385
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 361
272% 363 MB/s
Poor: 98%
This bench: 132%
Great: 124%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Dominator DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$103
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
81.7% Excellent
MC Read 29.4
MC Write 31.2
MC Mixed 24.9
81% 28.5 GB/s
SC Read 19.8
SC Write 33.9
SC Mixed 25.3
75% 26.3 GB/s
Latency 60.2
66% 60.2 ns
Poor: 55%
This bench: 81.7%
Great: 105%
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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 AC (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 1,016 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK AC (MS-7970)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $746
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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-9400F $150Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $49
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Intel Core i7-9700K $356Nvidia RTX 2060 $330Samsung 850 Pro 512GB $249
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $37Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $82SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $73SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $683SanDisk Extreme 16GB $24
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