MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 60%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 36%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (20th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 80 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith an average single core score, this CPU can handle browsing the web, email, video playback and the majority of general computing tasks including moderate gaming when coupled with an appropriate GPU. Finally, with a gaming score of 57.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics69% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive33.9% is low SSD score. With a better SSD this system will boot faster, make applications more responsive and reduce 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.
Very high background CPU (44%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory7.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150906
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateDec 10 '19 at 14:05
Run Duration126 Seconds
Run User ARE-User
Background CPU 44%

 PC Performing below expectations (20th 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-$175
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
57.4% Above average
1-Core 86.1
2-Core 175
61% 130 Pts
4-Core 318
8-Core 393
47% 355 Pts
64-Core 361
24% 361 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 57.4%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-Ti-$480
MSI(1462 3236) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1772 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 441.41
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
69% Good
Lighting 306
Reflection 264
Parallax 311
80% 294 fps
MRender 187
Gravity 248
Splatting 208
69% 214 fps
Poor: 68%
This bench: 69%
Great: 87%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Zotac ZTSSD-A4P-120G 120GB
25GB free (System drive)
Firmware: S9FM02.2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 43 50 43 36 54 38 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (11th percentile)
33.9% Below average
Read 322
Write 41.2
Mixed 58
SusWrite 43.9
25% 116 MB/s
4K Read 8.5
4K Write 44.6
4K Mixed 11.6
51% 21.6 MB/s
DQ Read 79.8
DQ Write 48.1
DQ Mixed 3.4
19% 43.8 MB/s
Poor: 32%
This bench: 33.9%
Great: 61%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$58
35GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 135 135 137 136 136 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
96.4% Outstanding
Read 201
Write 152
Mixed 77
SusWrite 135
103% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 96.4%
Great: 113%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C16 2x8GB-$68
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
67.7% Good
MC Read 22.1
MC Write 28.4
MC Mixed 23.1
70% 24.5 GB/s
SC Read 13.1
SC Write 29.3
SC Mixed 23.6
63% 22 GB/s
Latency 157
25% 157 ns
Poor: 51%
This bench: 67.7%
Great: 96%
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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 6,459 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) - $116

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $881
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