MSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 37%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (33rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 67 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 good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 62.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics52.4% 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 Drive78% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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.
Very high background CPU (76%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7998
MotherboardMSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998)  (all builds)
Memory10.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160727
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMay 18 '21 at 05:05
Run Duration197 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 76%
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 PC Performing below expectations (33rd 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 3.55 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
62.4% Good
Memory 61.4
1-Core 99.1
2-Core 191
66% 117 Pts
4-Core 386
8-Core 266
47% 326 Pts
64-Core 352
24% 352 Pts
Poor: 62%
This bench: 62.4%
Great: 92%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 480-$188
CLim: 1306 MHz, MLim: 1750 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 21.5.2
Performing below potential (77th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
52.4% Above average
Lighting 62.3
Reflection 60.7
Parallax 87.2
50% 70.1 fps
MRender 60.1
Gravity 69.5
Splatting 45.2
55% 58.3 fps
Poor: 36%
This bench: 52.4%
Great: 55%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
42GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 289 111 95 101 134 102 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
78% Very good
Read 466
Write 313
Mixed 368
SusWrite 139
72% 322 MB/s
4K Read 34.1
4K Write 39.1
4K Mixed 32.4
114% 35.2 MB/s
DQ Read 379
DQ Write 331
DQ Mixed 355
266% 355 MB/s
Poor: 75%
This bench: 78%
Great: 124%
Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB-$139
143GB free
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1146 1114 909 844 796 763 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (4th percentile)
212% Outstanding
Read 1,661
Write 1,560
Mixed 1,206
SusWrite 929
300% 1,339 MB/s
4K Read 30.8
4K Write 59.2
4K Mixed 46.6
138% 45.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,179
DQ Write 872
DQ Mixed 1,215
857% 1,089 MB/s
Poor: 227%
This bench: 212%
Great: 359%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$35
744GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 113 114 114 114 114 MB/s
Performing as expected (48th percentile)
83.8% Excellent
Read 178
Write 160
Mixed 104
SusWrite 114
102% 139 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1.1
217% 1.53 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 83.8%
Great: 108%
Samsung Flash Drive 128GB
31GB free, PID 1000
Operating at USB 3.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 61 64 62 63 64 59 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 12% Great: 108%
Seagate FreeAgent Go 320GB
36GB free, PID 2100
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 36 36 36 36 36 MB/s
Performing as expected (60th percentile)
15.4% Very poor
Read 36.7
Write 33.3
Mixed 23.9
SusWrite 35.9
44% 32.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 0.7
4K Mixed 0.6
45% 0.53 MB/s
Poor: 10%
This bench: 15.4%
Great: 18%
WD My Passport 0810 1TB
211GB free, PID 0810
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 79 79 79 79 78 79 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
30.5% Below average
Read 61.4
Write 61.5
Mixed 42.3
SusWrite 78.7
84% 61 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.7
73% 0.87 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 30.5%
Great: 45%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$85
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
54.6% Above average
MC Read 22.6
MC Write 21.1
MC Mixed 18.1
59% 20.6 GB/s
SC Read 10.2
SC Write 11.3
SC Mixed 14.6
34% 12 GB/s
Latency 124
32% 124 ns
Poor: 45%
This bench: 54.6%
Great: 88%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998) Builds (Compare 2,298 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI PLUS (MS-7998) - $350

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,287
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