MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 22%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (21st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 79 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 brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. 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 74.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics24.2% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (11%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7A12
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)  (all builds)
Memory6.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1440 x 900 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime15.4 Days
Run DateMar 31 '20 at 06:20
Run Duration125 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 11%

 PC Performing below expectations (21st percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6600-$246
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (45th percentile)
74.5% Very good
Memory 87.7
1-Core 106
2-Core 215
79% 136 Pts
4-Core 377
8-Core 249
45% 313 Pts
64-Core 183
12% 183 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 74.5%
Great: 83%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 270X-$199
XFX(1682 9275) 2GB
CLim: 1050 MHz, MLim: 1400 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 20.3.1
Performing below potential (8th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
24.2% Poor
Lighting 31.7
Reflection 29.5
Parallax 37.6
26% 32.9 fps
MRender 26.9
Gravity 28.1
Splatting 34.3
23% 29.8 fps
Poor: 26%
This bench: 24.2%
Great: 30%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate ST3250820AS 250GB-$30
46GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3.ADG
SusWrite @10s intervals: 28 21 26 31 38 42 MB/s
Performing below expectations (20th percentile)
25.9% Poor
Read 59.2
Write 47.8
Mixed 37.2
SusWrite 30.8
32% 43.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.8
138% 0.9 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 25.9%
Great: 45%
Toshiba MG03ACA200 2TB
163GB free
Firmware: FL1A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 69 83 80 72 84 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
46.7% Average
Read 84
Write 84
Mixed 41.5
SusWrite 78.2
53% 71.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
Poor: 47%
This bench: 46.7%
Great: 91%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C15 4x4GB
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing below potential (27th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
74.5% Very good
MC Read 26.9
MC Write 30.3
MC Mixed 27.4
81% 28.2 GB/s
SC Read 6.1
SC Write 19.7
SC Mixed 16.3
40% 14 GB/s
Latency 69.9
57% 69.9 ns
Poor: 68%
This bench: 74.5%
Great: 111%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) Builds (Compare 4,502 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $1,022
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