MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 19%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (78th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 22 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 94.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics38% 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 Drive60.6% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait times.
Memory4GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and although it's sufficient for most games, some will benefit from up to 8GB of RAM. 4GB is also enough for modest file and system caches which allow for a responsive system.
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-7A12
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)  (all builds)
Memory0.5 GB free of 4 GB @ 2.8 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 16 '20 at 09:59
Run Duration165 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing above expectations (78th 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-$275
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
94.7% Outstanding
Memory 95.2
1-Core 136
2-Core 270
96% 167 Pts
4-Core 512
8-Core 708
79% 610 Pts
64-Core 691
46% 691 Pts
Poor: 72%
This bench: 94.7%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
Gainward(10B0 1401) 2GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1800 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 451.67
Performing below potential (89th percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (44 fps cap detected)
38% Below average
Lighting 48
Reflection 48.2
Parallax 42.5
40% 46.2 fps
MRender 41.3
Gravity 43.6
Splatting 38.3
25% 41.1 fps
Poor: 32%
This bench: 38%
Great: 39%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Intel 330 Series 60GB
14GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 300i
SusWrite @10s intervals: 57 53 52 52 50 51 MB/s
Performing above expectations (72nd percentile)
60.6% Good
Read 367
Write 69
Mixed 114
SusWrite 52.6
33% 151 MB/s
4K Read 35.2
4K Write 54.3
4K Mixed 35.4
128% 41.6 MB/s
DQ Read 98.6
DQ Write 51.7
DQ Mixed 64.3
51% 71.5 MB/s
Poor: 44%
This bench: 60.6%
Great: 66%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$29
425GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 130 123 147 135 114 MB/s
Performing below expectations (31st percentile)
74.4% Very good
Read 126
Write 131
Mixed 86
SusWrite 132
88% 119 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.4
134% 1.33 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 74.4%
Great: 108%
Seagate ST380013AS 80GB-$75
54GB free
Firmware: 3.46
SusWrite @10s intervals: 51 51 52 52 52 52 MB/s
Performing above expectations (85th percentile)
29.8% Poor
Read 51.7
Write 12.5
Mixed 32.7
SusWrite 51.7
28% 37.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.8
142% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 29.8%
Great: 32%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 500GB-$17
290GB free
Firmware: KC45
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 121 121 123 124 124 MB/s
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
70.8% Very good
Read 124
Write 120
Mixed 64.3
SusWrite 123
79% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.7
129% 0.87 MB/s
Poor: 22%
This bench: 70.8%
Great: 78%
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB (2013)-$74
3.5TB free
Firmware: CC54
SusWrite @10s intervals: 149 158 159 159 159 158 MB/s
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
88.3% Excellent
Read 151
Write 133
Mixed 81.7
SusWrite 157
96% 131 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
123% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 88.3%
Great: 99%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2133 C14 1x4GB
1 of 4 slots used
4GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2800 MHz
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
41.5% Average
MC Read 15.7
MC Write 14
MC Mixed 11
39% 13.6 GB/s
SC Read 14.3
SC Write 15.5
SC Mixed 5.7
34% 11.8 GB/s
Latency 56.5
71% 56.5 ns
Poor: 30%
This bench: 41.5%
Great: 43%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) Builds (Compare 2,768 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 62%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $861
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