MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (48th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 52 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 72.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics56.1% 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 Drive210% 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.
Memory24GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 24GB 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.
Very high background CPU (45%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory18.3 GB free of 24 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161216
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateOct 19 '20 at 11:03
Run Duration125 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 45%
Watch Gameplay: 1060-3GB + 9600K How to compare your gameplay

 PC Performing as expected (48th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-7500-$198
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (33rd percentile)
72.5% Very good
Memory 76.6
1-Core 111
2-Core 218
77% 135 Pts
4-Core 396
8-Core 395
54% 396 Pts
64-Core 402
27% 402 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 72.5%
Great: 83%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-3GB-$210
CLim: 1949 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 432.00
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
56.1% Above average
Lighting 70.4
Reflection 69.3
Parallax 66.5
58% 68.7 fps
MRender 69
Gravity 58.3
Splatting 69.7
41% 65.7 fps
Poor: 48%
This bench: 56.1%
Great: 58%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$50
95GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 211070WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 658 408 386 427 432 433 MB/s
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
210% Outstanding
Read 1,533
Write 1,480
Mixed 1,172
SusWrite 457
260% 1,161 MB/s
4K Read 49.2
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 59
232% 87.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,189
DQ Write 1,060
DQ Mixed 1,002
785% 1,083 MB/s
Poor: 163%
This bench: 210%
Great: 237%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
552GB free
Firmware: 02.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 120 117 120 119 118 MB/s
Performing below expectations (31st percentile)
74.2% Very good
Read 140
Write 132
Mixed 96.5
SusWrite 118
90% 122 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
210% 1.53 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 74.2%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown TEAMGROUP-UD4-3200 04EF TEAMGROUP-UD4-3200 04CD F4-2133C15-8GIS 24GB
2133, 2133, 2133 MHz
8192, 8192, 8192 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
40.2% Average
MC Read 14.2
MC Write 14.5
MC Mixed 11.9
39% 13.5 GB/s
SC Read 12.4
SC Write 14.7
SC Mixed 12.6
38% 13.2 GB/s
Latency 87.1
46% 87.1 ns

 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 4,826 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 72%
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 61%

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $904
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