MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 58%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (34th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 66 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 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 58.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics52.2% 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 Drive72.8% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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.
High background CPU (25%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory10.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateFeb 07 '20 at 23:51
Run Duration113 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 25%

 PC Performing below expectations (34th 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-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
58.4% Above average
1-Core 108
2-Core 194
72% 151 Pts
4-Core 266
8-Core 341
40% 303 Pts
64-Core 349
23% 349 Pts
Poor: 55%
This bench: 58.4%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$390
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 436.48
Performing above expectations (64th percentile)
52.2% Above average
Lighting 195
Reflection 173
Parallax 189
51% 186 fps
MRender 147
Gravity 188
Splatting 124
52% 153 fps
Poor: 47%
This bench: 52.2%
Great: 56%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Intel 535 Series 120GB-$100
78GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RG21
SusWrite @10s intervals: 153 161 154 143 167 162 MB/s
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
72.8% Very good
Read 301
Write 201
Mixed 240
SusWrite 156
50% 225 MB/s
4K Read 26
4K Write 89.5
4K Mixed 38.8
136% 51.4 MB/s
DQ Read 213
DQ Write 184
DQ Mixed 82.2
93% 160 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 72.8%
Great: 87%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB-$66
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (13th percentile)
59.6% Above average
MC Read 19.4
MC Write 24.1
MC Mixed 20.6
61% 21.4 GB/s
SC Read 13.2
SC Write 18.3
SC Mixed 17
46% 16.2 GB/s
Latency 80
50% 80 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 59.6%
Great: 88%
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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 13,874 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $949
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