MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (52nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 48 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 87.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics51.9% 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 Drive47.9% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory13 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151218
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJan 08 '20 at 05:16
Run Duration123 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$299
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
87.3% Excellent
Memory 94.1
1-Core 136
2-Core 262
94% 164 Pts
4-Core 434
8-Core 631
69% 533 Pts
64-Core 714
48% 714 Pts
Poor: 70%
This bench: 87.3%
Great: 91%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 441.87
Performing below potential (73rd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
51.9% Above average
Lighting 64.6
Reflection 70.9
Parallax 68.6
52% 68 fps
MRender 73.7
Gravity 61.9
Splatting 60
51% 65.2 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 51.9%
Great: 55%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingdian N480 240GB
51GB free (System drive)
Firmware: S0330B0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 338 42 54 21 55 14 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
47.9% Average
Read 501
Write 109
Mixed 37.8
SusWrite 87.4
40% 184 MB/s
4K Read 26.4
4K Write 24.7
4K Mixed 0.1
53% 17.1 MB/s
DQ Read 68.8
DQ Write 314
DQ Mixed 32.5
71% 138 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 47.9%
Great: 123%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 500GB-$20
452GB free
Firmware: KC47
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 125 126 124 126 125 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)
72.3% Very good
Read 127
Write 124
Mixed 64.3
SusWrite 125
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.7
127% 0.83 MB/s
Poor: 27%
This bench: 72.3%
Great: 77%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$60
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below potential (8th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
45.3% Average
MC Read 15.5
MC Write 15.7
MC Mixed 12.9
42% 14.7 GB/s
SC Read 13.5
SC Write 15.5
SC Mixed 16
43% 15 GB/s
Latency 59.5
67% 59.5 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 45.3%
Great: 86%

 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 9,697 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $728
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