MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (77th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 23 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 88.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics96.3% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive273% 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.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory13 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.3 Days
Run DateApr 29 '21 at 13:55
Run Duration254 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU0%
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 PC Performing above expectations (77th 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-$199
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
88.8% Excellent
Memory 97
1-Core 120
2-Core 232
88% 150 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 460
64% 464 Pts
64-Core 462
31% 462 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 88.8%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2060-$390
CLim: 2160 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 466.11
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
96.3% Outstanding
Lighting 126
Reflection 110
Parallax 116
102% 118 fps
MRender 139
Gravity 106
Splatting 97
89% 114 fps
Poor: 78%
This bench: 96.3%
Great: 95%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Black SN750 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2019)-$70
424GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 111110WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 851 994 995 1000 1001 1001 MB/s
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
273% Outstanding
Read 1,735
Write 1,520
Mixed 1,422
SusWrite 974
317% 1,413 MB/s
4K Read 50.8
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 75.5
263% 98.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,600
DQ Write 1,239
DQ Mixed 1,402
1,054% 1,414 MB/s
Poor: 179%
This bench: 273%
Great: 292%
Adata Ultimate SU800 512GB-$60
112GB free
Firmware: R0918B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 202 386 402 404 408 403 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
121% Outstanding
Read 464
Write 415
Mixed 380
SusWrite 368
92% 407 MB/s
4K Read 42.5
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 61.3
206% 74.2 MB/s
DQ Read 386
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 124
158% 284 MB/s
Poor: 67%
This bench: 121%
Great: 125%
Adata Ultimate SU800 256GB-$38
204GB free
Firmware: R0126A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 167 256 256 258 257 259 MB/s
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
94% Outstanding
Read 458
Write 256
Mixed 301
SusWrite 242
70% 314 MB/s
4K Read 27.8
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 42.5
162% 64.9 MB/s
DQ Read 242
DQ Write 253
DQ Mixed 205
166% 233 MB/s
Poor: 58%
This bench: 94%
Great: 118%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$36
172GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 123 123 124 124 124 MB/s
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
89.2% Excellent
Read 192
Write 187
Mixed 76.8
SusWrite 119
105% 144 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
137% 1 MB/s
Poor: 32%
This bench: 89.2%
Great: 113%
WD My Book 1230 4TB
2TB free, PID 1230
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 116 115 116 116 116 MB/s
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
49.7% Average
Read 117
Write 125
Mixed 90
SusWrite 116
152% 112 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
119% 1.47 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 49.7%
Great: 60%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$95
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing way above expectations (91st percentile)
104% Outstanding
MC Read 38.4
MC Write 42.3
MC Mixed 30.5
106% 37.1 GB/s
SC Read 21.3
SC Write 39.6
SC Mixed 31.3
88% 30.7 GB/s
Latency 50.3
80% 50.3 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 104%
Great: 109%

 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 3,494 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $932
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