MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (33rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 67 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 good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 73.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics59.2% 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 Drive91.7% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (17%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory7.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180626
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateSep 22 '20 at 02:44
Run Duration201 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 17%

 PC Performing below expectations (33rd 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-$189
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (20th percentile)
73.5% Very good
Memory 84.8
1-Core 98.9
2-Core 204
76% 129 Pts
4-Core 359
8-Core 370
50% 364 Pts
64-Core 357
24% 357 Pts
Poor: 63%
This bench: 73.5%
Great: 93%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-$500
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 445.75
Performing below potential (45th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
59.2% Above average
Lighting 232
Reflection 210
Parallax 227
61% 223 fps
MRender 161
Gravity 214
Splatting 147
59% 174 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 59.2%
Great: 66%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Corsair Force MP300 NVMe PCIe M.2 240GB-$50
70GB free (System drive)
Firmware: E8FM11.7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 352 165 186 160 177 172 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
91.7% Outstanding
Read 609
Write 540
Mixed 392
SusWrite 202
97% 436 MB/s
4K Read 18.6
4K Write 79.6
4K Mixed 28
106% 42.1 MB/s
DQ Read 662
DQ Write 352
DQ Mixed 438
344% 484 MB/s
Poor: 74%
This bench: 91.7%
Great: 149%
HyperX Fury 240GB-$193
46GB free
Firmware: 608ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 174 155 176 163 189 174 MB/s
Performing above expectations (64th percentile)
74.2% Very good
Read 320
Write 262
Mixed 262
SusWrite 172
57% 254 MB/s
4K Read 29.7
4K Write 79.6
4K Mixed 34.7
132% 48 MB/s
DQ Read 215
DQ Write 259
DQ Mixed 163
144% 213 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 74.2%
Great: 85%
Kingston A400 240GB-$28
30GB free
Firmware: R0105A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 283 77 50 48 57 56 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (11th percentile)
39.4% Below average
Read 456
Write 362
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 95.3
52% 235 MB/s
4K Read 18.7
4K Write 13.5
4K Mixed 0.8
36% 11 MB/s
DQ Read 216
DQ Write 38
DQ Mixed 47.7
55% 101 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 39.4%
Great: 101%
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB-$90
153GB free
Firmware: CC41
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 111 113 112 112 112 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
53.2% Above average
Read 72.2
Write 130
Mixed 30
SusWrite 112
62% 85.9 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 4.4
4K Mixed 2
350% 2.5 MB/s
Poor: 52%
This bench: 53.2%
Great: 111%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$27
144GB free
Firmware: CC4D
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 106 107 108 108 108 MB/s
Performing below expectations (22nd percentile)
73.6% Very good
Read 151
Write 110
Mixed 83.5
SusWrite 105
83% 113 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.9
168% 1.1 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 73.6%
Great: 114%
Seagate Expansion Desk 5TB
3.5TB free
Firmware: 0911
SusWrite @10s intervals: 157 172 174 175 175 175 MB/s
Performing above expectations (78th percentile)
76.4% Very good
Read 92.8
Write 110
Mixed 32.8
SusWrite 171
74% 102 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 7.2
4K Mixed 0.8
272% 3.07 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 76.4%
Great: 89%
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 @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
69% Good
MC Read 24.4
MC Write 26.6
MC Mixed 22.6
70% 24.5 GB/s
SC Read 14.5
SC Write 25.1
SC Mixed 20.4
57% 20 GB/s
Latency 72.2
55% 72.2 ns
Poor: 43%
This bench: 69%
Great: 87%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 4,212 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $915
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