MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 14%
Tree trunk
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (52nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 48 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. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 65.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics15.2% 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 Drive68.4% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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.
Very high background CPU (76%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory10.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1768 x 992 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160727
Uptime0 Days
Run DateApr 16 '21 at 03:10
Run Duration142 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 76%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6500-$235
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
65.5% Good
Memory 78.4
1-Core 76.6
2-Core 168
64% 108 Pts
4-Core 314
8-Core 261
40% 287 Pts
64-Core 338
23% 338 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 65.5%
Great: 79%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GT 1030
Asus(1043 85F5) 2GB
CLim: 1936 MHz, MLim: 1502 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 460.89
Performing above expectations (71st percentile)
15.2% Very poor
Lighting 18.4
Reflection 18.8
Parallax 19.3
15% 18.8 fps
MRender 16.1
Gravity 19.8
Splatting 17.5
16% 17.8 fps
Poor: 13%
This bench: 15.2%
Great: 15%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SSD 240GB
153GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SBFM61.3
SusWrite @10s intervals: 156 79 75 91 61 80 MB/s
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
68.4% Good
Read 298
Write 178
Mixed 304
SusWrite 90.3
49% 218 MB/s
4K Read 31.9
4K Write 83.4
4K Mixed 31.7
133% 49 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 278
DQ Mixed 163
145% 214 MB/s
Poor: 40%
This bench: 68.4%
Great: 94%
WD Blue 500GB (2008)-$43
351GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 86 112 110 108 82 91 MB/s
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
56.8% Above average
Read 99.7
Write 57.4
Mixed 60.6
SusWrite 98.1
58% 79 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.6
125% 1 MB/s
Poor: 26%
This bench: 56.8%
Great: 70%
WD Blue 500GB (2008)-$43
464GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 123 122 122 122 123 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
70.8% Very good
Read 125
Write 128
Mixed 72.4
SusWrite 122
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 26%
This bench: 70.8%
Great: 70%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$79
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (10th percentile)
65% Good
MC Read 23.9
MC Write 26.9
MC Mixed 21
68% 23.9 GB/s
SC Read 12.9
SC Write 19.1
SC Mixed 15
45% 15.7 GB/s
Latency 83.6
48% 83.6 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 65%
Great: 108%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 4,091 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) - $145

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $976
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