MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (39th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 61 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. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 78.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics52.1% 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 Drive71.5% 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.
Very high background CPU (34%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
7 days ago, 7 days ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory10.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160122
Uptime20.5 Days
Run DateAug 01 '20 at 23:30
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User TUR-User
Background CPU 34%

 PC Performing below expectations (39th 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-$260
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
78.2% Very good
Memory 90.6
1-Core 122
2-Core 216
84% 143 Pts
4-Core 355
8-Core 584
59% 469 Pts
64-Core 623
42% 623 Pts
Poor: 73%
This bench: 78.2%
Great: 96%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$395
MSI(1462 3161) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 432.00
Performing below potential (63rd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
52.1% Above average
Lighting 200
Reflection 176
Parallax 191
53% 189 fps
MRender 149
Gravity 186
Splatting 122
52% 152 fps
Poor: 47%
This bench: 52.1%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
HyperX Fury 240GB-$193
104GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 603ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 142 135 131 141 146 MB/s
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
71.5% Very good
Read 311
Write 209
Mixed 234
SusWrite 136
50% 222 MB/s
4K Read 27.7
4K Write 97.8
4K Mixed 38.1
142% 54.5 MB/s
DQ Read 101
DQ Write 208
DQ Mixed 174
127% 161 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 71.5%
Great: 84%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$43
113GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 108 107 108 109 109 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
69.7% Good
Read 136
Write 139
Mixed 77.7
SusWrite 107
84% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
137% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 69.7%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Team Team-Elite-2400 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
77.3% Very good
MC Read 27.8
MC Write 29.3
MC Mixed 24.3
78% 27.1 GB/s
SC Read 17.9
SC Write 31.8
SC Mixed 23.9
70% 24.5 GB/s
Latency 66.3
60% 66.3 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 77.3%
Great: 88%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 1,458 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 67%
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Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $821
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