MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (75th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 25 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 75.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics110% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (14%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory12.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161216
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 04 '21 at 15:17
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 14%
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 PC Performing above expectations (75th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6600-$246
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
75.3% Very good
Memory 82
1-Core 91.2
2-Core 212
74% 128 Pts
4-Core 391
8-Core 425
55% 408 Pts
64-Core 422
28% 422 Pts
Poor: 58%
This bench: 75.3%
Great: 82%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2070-$450
CLim: 2205 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 466.27
Performing below potential (79th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
110% Outstanding
Lighting 135
Reflection 185
Parallax 137
109% 152 fps
MRender 172
Gravity 132
Splatting 110
111% 138 fps
Poor: 94%
This bench: 110%
Great: 116%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
174GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 35 35 35 38 42 35 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 75% Great: 124%
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$72
519GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 152 154 154 157 155 155 MB/s
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
96.7% Outstanding
Read 182
Write 175
Mixed 107
SusWrite 155
114% 155 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
242% 1.77 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 96.7%
Great: 107%
Seagate Expansion Desk 4TB
3.5TB free, PID 3322
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 150 163 164 170 175 175 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
70.4% Very good
Read 132
Write 156
Mixed 91.6
SusWrite 166
188% 136 MB/s
4K Read 4.1
4K Write 4.6
4K Mixed 0.7
196% 3.13 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 70.4%
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 @ 3200 MHz
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
94.1% Outstanding
MC Read 32.7
MC Write 36.7
MC Mixed 31.4
96% 33.6 GB/s
SC Read 20.3
SC Write 41.9
SC Mixed 29.3
87% 30.5 GB/s
Latency 76.9
52% 76.9 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 94.1%
Great: 108%

 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 7,341 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,034
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