MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 29%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 42%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 20%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (19th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 81 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith a relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 33.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is poor.
Graphics91% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at 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.
Very high background CPU (100%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory12.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161216
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateMay 04 '21 at 21:20
Run Duration149 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 100%
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 PC Performing way below expectations (19th 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 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
33.2% Below average
Memory 57.2
1-Core 21.4
2-Core 30.1
28% 36.2 Pts
4-Core 54.1
8-Core 67.9
8% 61 Pts
64-Core 68.3
5% 68.3 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 33.2%
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 (3rd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
91% Outstanding
Lighting 92.2
Reflection 92.6
Parallax 138
74% 108 fps
MRender 172
Gravity 130
Splatting 109
110% 137 fps
Poor: 94%
This bench: 91%
Great: 116%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
171GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 4.6 5.1 7.2 6.8 9.2 9.2 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 75% Great: 124%
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$72
521GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 86 93 94 104 108 MB/s
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
78.8% Very good
Read 181
Write 174
Mixed 102
SusWrite 93.4
101% 138 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
214% 1.57 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 78.8%
Great: 107%
Seagate Expansion Desk 4TB
3.5TB free, PID 3322
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 73 79 78 88 90 MB/s
Performing as expected (45th percentile)
50% Above average
Read 130
Write 146
Mixed 85.7
SusWrite 77.2
146% 110 MB/s
4K Read 3.6
4K Write 4.4
4K Mixed 0.7
187% 2.9 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 50%
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 way below expectations (1st percentile)
35.8% Below average
MC Read 12.1
MC Write 14.4
MC Mixed 15.1
40% 13.9 GB/s
SC Read 4.5
SC Write 4.7
SC Mixed 5.6
14% 4.93 GB/s
Latency 136
29% 136 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 35.8%
Great: 109%

 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 7,314 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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