MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 102%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 74%
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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 90.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics95% 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 Drive293% 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 10 '21 at 03:47
Run Duration239 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU1%
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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-$197
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
90.9% Outstanding
Memory 96.1
1-Core 138
2-Core 275
97% 170 Pts
4-Core 492
8-Core 508
68% 500 Pts
64-Core 526
35% 526 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 90.9%
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 (97th percentile)
95% Outstanding
Lighting 124
Reflection 110
Parallax 126
100% 120 fps
MRender 138
Gravity 106
Splatting 94.7
89% 113 fps
Poor: 80%
This bench: 95%
Great: 95%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Black SN750 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2019)-$73
417GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 111110WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 769 995 1004 1011 1003 1002 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
293% Outstanding
Read 1,963
Write 2,273
Mixed 1773
SusWrite 964
392% 1,743 MB/s
4K Read 52.3
4K Write 189
4K Mixed 80.4
282% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 1,724
DQ Write 1,348
DQ Mixed 1,476
1,120% 1,516 MB/s
Poor: 187%
This bench: 293%
Great: 292%
Adata Ultimate SU800 512GB-$55
98GB free
Firmware: R0918B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 422 414 413 415 414 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
130% Outstanding
Read 521
Write 477
Mixed 419
SusWrite 426
104% 461 MB/s
4K Read 42.7
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 63.4
213% 77.6 MB/s
DQ Read 385
DQ Write 346
DQ Mixed 122
158% 284 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 130%
Great: 125%
Adata Ultimate SU800 256GB-$38
166GB free
Firmware: R0126A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 257 256 257 257 256 258 MB/s
Performing above expectations (67th percentile)
99.7% Outstanding
Read 517
Write 258
Mixed 313
SusWrite 257
75% 336 MB/s
4K Read 28.8
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 44.4
170% 68.5 MB/s
DQ Read 242
DQ Write 252
DQ Mixed 204
165% 233 MB/s
Poor: 58%
This bench: 99.7%
Great: 119%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$29
172GB free
Firmware: CC43
SusWrite @10s intervals: 92 123 124 124 124 124 MB/s
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
89% Excellent
Read 192
Write 181
Mixed 77.6
SusWrite 118
104% 142 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
157% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 89%
Great: 112%
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 (72nd percentile)
49.9% Average
Read 118
Write 126
Mixed 94.6
SusWrite 116
155% 113 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
116% 1.43 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 49.9%
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 @ 3200 MHz
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
106% Outstanding
MC Read 38.8
MC Write 43.5
MC Mixed 30.8
108% 37.7 GB/s
SC Read 23.3
SC Write 43.9
SC Mixed 31.8
94% 33 GB/s
Latency 53.5
75% 53.5 ns
Poor: 65%
This bench: 106%
Great: 107%

 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 3,450 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: $931
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