MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski
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 78.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics55.2% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive95.3% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory9.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150902
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateMay 11 '21 at 23:12
Run Duration173 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU1%

 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 i5-6600-$246
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (78th percentile)
78.7% Very good
Memory 91.8
1-Core 112
2-Core 222
83% 142 Pts
4-Core 372
8-Core 424
53% 398 Pts
64-Core 422
28% 422 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 78.7%
Great: 83%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 465.89
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
55.2% Above average
Lighting 69.4
Reflection 74.1
Parallax 65.3
56% 69.6 fps
MRender 67.4
Gravity 67.1
Splatting 57.5
54% 64 fps
Poor: 44%
This bench: 55.2%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB-$70
115GB free (System drive)
Firmware: X31200RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 244 219 217 217 220 219 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
95.3% Outstanding
Read 465
Write 355
Mixed 238
SusWrite 222
71% 320 MB/s
4K Read 35.4
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 40.5
163% 61.3 MB/s
DQ Read 336
DQ Write 273
DQ Mixed 236
196% 282 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 95.3%
Great: 99%
SanDisk Ultra II 240GB-$70
110GB free
Firmware: X31200RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 229 220 219 218 216 219 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
94.8% Outstanding
Read 480
Write 293
Mixed 294
SusWrite 220
72% 322 MB/s
4K Read 35.3
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 37.8
162% 62.5 MB/s
DQ Read 330
DQ Write 258
DQ Mixed 158
155% 249 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 94.8%
Great: 99%
Sandisk Ultra II 500GB
222GB free
Firmware: X41110WD
SusWrite @10s intervals: 119 158 68 105 44 60 MB/s
Performing below expectations (35th percentile)
80.6% Excellent
Read 446
Write 297
Mixed 136
SusWrite 92.3
54% 243 MB/s
4K Read 34
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 31.8
152% 59.5 MB/s
DQ Read 354
DQ Write 174
DQ Mixed 138
136% 222 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 80.6%
Great: 108%
Seagate Barracuda 8TB (2017)-$170
415GB free
Firmware: 0001
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 143 143 144 141 145 MB/s
Performing below expectations (38th percentile)
68.2% Good
Read 93.3
Write 108
Mixed 70.9
SusWrite 143
76% 104 MB/s
4K Read 1.6
4K Write 4.8
4K Mixed 0.6
222% 2.33 MB/s
Poor: 39%
This bench: 68.2%
Great: 92%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$84
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
85.9% Excellent
MC Read 30.9
MC Write 33.2
MC Mixed 28.3
88% 30.8 GB/s
SC Read 18
SC Write 31.4
SC Mixed 25.1
71% 24.8 GB/s
Latency 64.4
62% 64.4 ns
Poor: 43%
This bench: 85.9%
Great: 86%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 4,164 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 56% - Above average Total price: $851
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