MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 28%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (85th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 15 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 84.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics32% 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 Drive111% 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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory27.6 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime5.7 Days
Run DateNov 22 '20 at 19:31
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU10%
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 PC Performing above expectations (85th 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-$276
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
84.2% Excellent
Memory 89.2
1-Core 117
2-Core 230
84% 145 Pts
4-Core 432
8-Core 592
67% 512 Pts
64-Core 601
40% 601 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 84.2%
Great: 85%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1050-Ti-$146
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 432.00
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
32% Below average
Lighting 41.1
Reflection 29.7
Parallax 35.7
33% 35.5 fps
MRender 36.2
Gravity 40.8
Splatting 34.7
22% 37.2 fps
Poor: 27%
This bench: 32%
Great: 35%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 750 EVO 250GB-$100
115GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MAT01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 262 227 200 207 196 179 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (91st percentile)
111% Outstanding
Read 480
Write 354
Mixed 303
SusWrite 212
75% 337 MB/s
4K Read 44.9
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 58.5
205% 73.3 MB/s
DQ Read 366
DQ Write 326
DQ Mixed 322
248% 338 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 111%
Great: 115%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
922GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 174 176 176 178 175 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
110% Outstanding
Read 210
Write 156
Mixed 116
SusWrite 172
120% 164 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
224% 1.7 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 110%
Great: 109%
WD My Passport 259F 1TB
793GB free, PID 259f
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 100 102 101 101 101 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
42.7% Average
Read 97.8
Write 99.7
Mixed 58.5
SusWrite 101
120% 89.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
104% 1.17 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 42.7%
Great: 46%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2133 C15 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing as expected (58th percentile)
73.4% Very good
MC Read 26.4
MC Write 28.2
MC Mixed 23.1
74% 25.9 GB/s
SC Read 16.5
SC Write 28.8
SC Mixed 21.8
64% 22.4 GB/s
Latency 68.3
59% 68.3 ns
Poor: 64%
This bench: 73.4%
Great: 135%

 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 2,196 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: 65% - Good Total price: $774
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