MSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 52%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 47%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (67th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 33 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 77.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics52.4% 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 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 (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
5 days ago, 4 days ago.
SystemMSI MS-7998
MotherboardMSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998)  (all builds)
Memory11.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160727
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 01 '20 at 01:25
Run Duration106 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing above expectations (67th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6500-$198
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
77.9% Very good
Memory 93
1-Core 97.5
2-Core 197
77% 129 Pts
4-Core 364
8-Core 371
50% 367 Pts
64-Core 369
25% 369 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 77.9%
Great: 80%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$395
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 451.48
Performing below potential (61st percentile) - GPU OC Guide
52.4% Above average
Lighting 197
Reflection 177
Parallax 194
52% 189 fps
MRender 147
Gravity 189
Splatting 126
53% 154 fps
Poor: 47%
This bench: 52.4%
Great: 56%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB-$35
405GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MS2OA750
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 77 84 90 102 103 MB/s
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
77.3% Very good
Read 177
Write 172
Mixed 35
SusWrite 92.3
86% 119 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.6
129% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 77.3%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3001 MHz
Performing above expectations (76th percentile)
97.6% Outstanding
MC Read 34.6
MC Write 40.1
MC Mixed 32.2
102% 35.6 GB/s
SC Read 17.7
SC Write 36.3
SC Mixed 24.7
75% 26.2 GB/s
Latency 62.2
64% 62.2 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 97.6%
Great: 108%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998) Builds (Compare 4,900 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998) - $90

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $944
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