MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 24%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (56th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 44 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 88.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics17.7% 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 Drive246% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia 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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory28 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 15 '20 at 08:28
Run Duration155 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing as expected (56th 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-$273
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (77th percentile)
88.1% Excellent
Memory 91.3
1-Core 136
2-Core 259
93% 162 Pts
4-Core 457
8-Core 723
75% 590 Pts
64-Core 724
49% 724 Pts
Poor: 73%
This bench: 88.1%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 750-Ti-$110
CLim: 1346 MHz, MLim: 1350 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 452.06
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
17.7% Very poor
Lighting 56.3
Reflection 38.4
Parallax 47.6
15% 47.4 fps
MRender 50
Gravity 64.4
Splatting 38.3
18% 50.9 fps
Poor: 18%
This bench: 17.7%
Great: 21%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB-$52
28GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 324 110 109 108 101 103 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
246% Outstanding
Read 2,501
Write 366
Mixed 1,036
SusWrite 142
219% 1,011 MB/s
4K Read 60.3
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 84.9
289% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 970
DQ Write 1,163
DQ Mixed 1,011
777% 1,048 MB/s
Poor: 156%
This bench: 246%
Great: 275%
Adata Premier SP550 120GB-$40
32GB free
Firmware: O1230C
SusWrite @10s intervals: 295 55 55 55 55 57 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
90.4% Outstanding
Read 512
Write 272
Mixed 340
SusWrite 95.4
68% 305 MB/s
4K Read 31.4
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 46.3
166% 63.4 MB/s
DQ Read 281
DQ Write 287
DQ Mixed 229
187% 266 MB/s
Poor: 48%
This bench: 90.4%
Great: 91%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$27
162GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 99 101 101 102 101 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
68% Good
Read 136
Write 131
Mixed 73.8
SusWrite 101
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.6
130% 1 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 68%
Great: 114%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$34
134GB free
Firmware: 02.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 89 90 91 91 90 MB/s
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
71.4% Very good
Read 158
Write 150
Mixed 87.2
SusWrite 90
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.1
232% 1.8 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 71.4%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown CMW16GX4M2C3200C16 029E CMK16GX4M2A2400C14 029E CMW16GX4M2C3200C16 029E CMK16GX4M2A2400C14 32GB
2400, 2400, 2400, 2400 MHz
8192, 8192, 8192, 8192 MB
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
80.1% Excellent
MC Read 28.9
MC Write 31
MC Mixed 24.3
80% 28.1 GB/s
SC Read 19.2
SC Write 33.3
SC Mixed 24.9
74% 25.8 GB/s
Latency 65.3
61% 65.3 ns
Poor: 70%
This bench: 80.1%
Great: 80%

 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 1,937 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: $828
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