MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 20%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (24th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 76 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 relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 31%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is poor.
Graphics53.1% 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 Drive45.3% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory4.3 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1440 x 900 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150810
Uptime1.6 Days
Run DateSep 01 '20 at 14:43
Run Duration138 Seconds
Run User ROU-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing below expectations (24th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700-$279
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
31% Below average
Memory 49.4
1-Core 24.6
2-Core 48
28% 40.7 Pts
4-Core 70.3
8-Core 122
12% 96.2 Pts
64-Core 123
8% 123 Pts
Poor: 65%
This bench: 31%
Great: 85%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
EVGA(3842 2978) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 452.06
Performing below potential (73rd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
53.1% Above average
Lighting 135
Reflection 135
Parallax 221
36% 164 fps
MRender 159
Gravity 192
Splatting 134
54% 161 fps
Poor: 46%
This bench: 53.1%
Great: 57%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB-$67
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 60AABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 63 76 76 64 89 MB/s
Performing below expectations (28th percentile)
45.3% Average
Read 256
Write 127
Mixed 175
SusWrite 75.9
35% 159 MB/s
4K Read 20.4
4K Write 39.5
4K Mixed 25
84% 28.3 MB/s
DQ Read 89.3
DQ Write 100
DQ Mixed 103
75% 97.6 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 45.3%
Great: 72%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$34
215GB free
Firmware: 02.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 96 98 97 100 101 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
66.1% Good
Read 132
Write 112
Mixed 97.2
SusWrite 97.9
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
213% 1.63 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 66.1%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown 3000 C16 Series 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
45.5% Average
MC Read 17.5
MC Write 16.4
MC Mixed 19.5
51% 17.8 GB/s
SC Read 5.5
SC Write 8.8
SC Mixed 8.5
22% 7.6 GB/s
Latency 163
24% 163 ns
Poor: 60%
This bench: 45.5%
Great: 105%

 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 1,940 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $827
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