MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 99%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 73%
Battleship
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (83rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 17 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 90.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics95.6% 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 Drive289% 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)
Memory13.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 08 '21 at 01:33
Run Duration237 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU7%
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 PC Performing above expectations (83rd 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 way above expectations (92nd percentile)
90.3% Outstanding
Memory 96.4
1-Core 128
2-Core 254
92% 159 Pts
4-Core 488
8-Core 480
66% 484 Pts
64-Core 488
33% 488 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 90.3%
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 (97th percentile)
95.6% Outstanding
Lighting 125
Reflection 110
Parallax 115
101% 117 fps
MRender 139
Gravity 106
Splatting 96.2
89% 114 fps
Poor: 78%
This bench: 95.6%
Great: 95%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Black SN750 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2019)-$70
418GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 111110WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 787 988 995 1001 1002 1005 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
289% Outstanding
Read 2016
Write 2,250
Mixed 1,787
SusWrite 963
394% 1,754 MB/s
4K Read 52.6
4K Write 182
4K Mixed 78.6
277% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 1,629
DQ Write 1,264
DQ Mixed 1,427
1,073% 1,440 MB/s
Poor: 179%
This bench: 289%
Great: 292%
Adata Ultimate SU800 512GB-$60
98GB free
Firmware: R0918B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 423 414 415 416 416 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
130% Outstanding
Read 517
Write 466
Mixed 416
SusWrite 427
103% 456 MB/s
4K Read 43.4
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 63.6
214% 77.4 MB/s
DQ Read 388
DQ Write 346
DQ Mixed 125
160% 286 MB/s
Poor: 67%
This bench: 130%
Great: 125%
Adata Ultimate SU800 256GB-$38
166GB free
Firmware: R0126A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 256 257 256 257 257 259 MB/s
Performing above expectations (62nd percentile)
98.8% Outstanding
Read 516
Write 260
Mixed 303
SusWrite 257
74% 334 MB/s
4K Read 29
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 43.8
168% 67 MB/s
DQ Read 245
DQ Write 249
DQ Mixed 200
164% 231 MB/s
Poor: 58%
This bench: 98.8%
Great: 118%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$36
172GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 122 124 124 124 124 MB/s
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
90.8% Outstanding
Read 197
Write 193
Mixed 77.2
SusWrite 119
107% 147 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.7
135% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 32%
This bench: 90.8%
Great: 113%
WD My Book 1230 4TB
2TB free, PID 1230
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 115 115 115 116 115 116 MB/s
Performing above expectations (73rd percentile)
50.3% Above average
Read 121
Write 126
Mixed 102
SusWrite 115
158% 116 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
119% 1.47 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 50.3%
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 (93rd percentile)
106% Outstanding
MC Read 38.8
MC Write 42.8
MC Mixed 30.6
107% 37.4 GB/s
SC Read 22.7
SC Write 44.4
SC Mixed 31.6
94% 32.9 GB/s
Latency 52.4
76% 52.4 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 106%
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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