MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (64th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 36 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 86.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics103% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory11.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.2 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150921
Uptime9.9 Days
Run DateMay 23 '20 at 23:15
Run Duration121 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU10%

 PC Performing above expectations (64th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6600K-$205
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (77th percentile)
86.9% Excellent
Memory 91.8
1-Core 127
2-Core 254
90% 158 Pts
4-Core 473
8-Core 475
65% 474 Pts
64-Core 477
32% 477 Pts
Poor: 66%
This bench: 86.9%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$540
CLim: 1936 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 445.87
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
103% Outstanding
Lighting 381
Reflection 374
Parallax 422
100% 393 fps
MRender 240
Gravity 387
Splatting 248
104% 292 fps
Poor: 86%
This bench: 103%
Great: 114%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB-$90
1TB free (System drive)
Firmware: CC41
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 134 154 144 165 164 MB/s
Performing as expected (54th percentile)
86.8% Excellent
Read 152
Write 173
Mixed 29.5
SusWrite 149
91% 126 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 5.1
4K Mixed 1.9
351% 2.7 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 86.8%
Great: 110%
SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB
1GB free, PID 5567
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 3.8 4.8 5 4.9 4.9 4.5 MB/s
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
11% Very poor
Read 17
Write 4
Mixed 9
SusWrite 4.6
10% 8.65 MB/s
4K Read 4.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 3.1
194% 3.3 MB/s
Poor: 5%
This bench: 11%
Great: 12%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB-$70
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2176 MHz
Performing as expected (56th percentile)
73.9% Very good
MC Read 25.3
MC Write 28.6
MC Mixed 24.2
74% 26 GB/s
SC Read 15.9
SC Write 27.8
SC Mixed 23.1
64% 22.3 GB/s
Latency 64.4
62% 64.4 ns
Poor: 53%
This bench: 73.9%
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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 8,704 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,080
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