MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 40%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 19%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (25th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 75 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 29%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics91.9% 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 (71%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory11.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161216
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateMay 05 '21 at 02:56
Run Duration145 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 71%
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 PC Performing below expectations (25th 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 (1st percentile)
29% Poor
Memory 46.1
1-Core 22.8
2-Core 46
26% 38.3 Pts
4-Core 67.6
8-Core 87.8
10% 77.7 Pts
64-Core 70
5% 70 Pts
Poor: 57%
This bench: 29%
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
Relative performance (0th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
91.9% Outstanding
Lighting 89.7
Reflection 100
Parallax 141
72% 110 fps
MRender 174
Gravity 136
Splatting 112
114% 141 fps
Poor: 96%
This bench: 91.9%
Great: 118%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
170GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 0 0 0.7 6.6 8.9 9.4 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 72% Great: 125%
WD Black 1TB (2013)-$79
521GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 126 150 95 105 110 MB/s
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
84.5% Excellent
Read 176
Write 162
Mixed 102
SusWrite 118
103% 140 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
232% 1.63 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 84.5%
Great: 108%
Seagate Expansion Desk 4TB
3.5TB free, PID 3322
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 115 139 78 88 91 MB/s
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
51.1% Above average
Read 111
Write 112
Mixed 92
SusWrite 102
141% 104 MB/s
4K Read 3.8
4K Write 3.9
4K Mixed 0.7
171% 2.8 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 51.1%
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 (2nd percentile)
46.4% Average
MC Read 16.2
MC Write 17.3
MC Mixed 21.1
52% 18.2 GB/s
SC Read 6.3
SC Write 9.4
SC Mixed 7.9
22% 7.87 GB/s
Latency 176
23% 176 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 46.4%
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 6,998 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $962
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