MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (74th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 26 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: 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 84.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics95.7% 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 Drive291% 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)
Memory12.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateMay 08 '21 at 01:09
Run Duration238 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU3%
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 PC Performing above expectations (74th 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 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (76th percentile)
84.9% Excellent
Memory 86.7
1-Core 111
2-Core 253
85% 150 Pts
4-Core 479
8-Core 486
66% 483 Pts
64-Core 492
33% 492 Pts
Poor: 62%
This bench: 84.9%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2060-$390
CLim: 2160 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 466.27
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
95.7% Outstanding
Lighting 125
Reflection 111
Parallax 115
101% 117 fps
MRender 138
Gravity 106
Splatting 95
90% 113 fps
Poor: 80%
This bench: 95.7%
Great: 95%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Black SN750 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2019)-$69
418GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 111110WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 732 990 999 1012 1006 999 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
291% Outstanding
Read 2,018
Write 2,272
Mixed 1,792
SusWrite 956
396% 1,759 MB/s
4K Read 52.7
4K Write 184
4K Mixed 79.1
279% 105 MB/s
DQ Read 1,619
DQ Write 1,331
DQ Mixed 1,448
1,092% 1,466 MB/s
Poor: 183%
This bench: 291%
Great: 292%
Adata Ultimate SU800 512GB-$60
98GB free
Firmware: R0918B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 475 421 413 416 414 416 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
130% Outstanding
Read 518
Write 476
Mixed 424
SusWrite 426
104% 461 MB/s
4K Read 43.4
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 63.3
213% 77.5 MB/s
DQ Read 387
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 124
159% 285 MB/s
Poor: 69%
This bench: 130%
Great: 124%
Adata Ultimate SU800 256GB-$40
166GB free
Firmware: R0126A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 256 257 258 257 255 260 MB/s
Performing above expectations (63rd percentile)
99.7% Outstanding
Read 518
Write 257
Mixed 308
SusWrite 257
75% 335 MB/s
4K Read 29
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 44.7
170% 67.7 MB/s
DQ Read 245
DQ Write 255
DQ Mixed 201
165% 234 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 99.7%
Great: 121%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$37
172GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 124 124 124 124 124 MB/s
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
89% Excellent
Read 192
Write 189
Mixed 80
SusWrite 118
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.8
144% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 89%
Great: 114%
WD My Book 1230 4TB
2TB free, PID 1230
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 116 115 116 116 116 MB/s
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
50.9% Above average
Read 125
Write 125
Mixed 97
SusWrite 116
157% 116 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
116% 1.43 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 50.9%
Great: 60%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$98
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below potential (39th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
79.8% Very good
MC Read 29.8
MC Write 32
MC Mixed 22.7
80% 28.2 GB/s
SC Read 18.7
SC Write 33.4
SC Mixed 24
72% 25.4 GB/s
Latency 70.7
57% 70.7 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 79.8%
Great: 108%

 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 3,335 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 86%
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: $933
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