MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 48%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 25%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (26th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 74 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 relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 36.8%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is poor.
Graphics80.7% 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 Drive75.9% 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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161221
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJun 06 '21 at 05:03
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU0%
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 PC Performing below expectations (26th percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$310
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
36.8% Below average
Memory 56.7
1-Core 24.2
2-Core 48.7
30% 43.2 Pts
4-Core 95.5
8-Core 127
15% 111 Pts
64-Core 125
8% 125 Pts
Poor: 71%
This bench: 36.8%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$540
CLim: 1987 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 466.63
Relative performance (0th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
80.7% Excellent
Lighting 82.3
Reflection 75.8
Parallax 120
66% 92.8 fps
MRender 116
Gravity 121
Splatting 116
97% 118 fps
Poor: 95%
This bench: 80.7%
Great: 115%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
121GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 281 275 284 275 270 273 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
75.9% Very good
Read 447
Write 427
Mixed 363
SusWrite 276
85% 378 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 41
4K Mixed 32.1
105% 33.7 MB/s
DQ Read 205
DQ Write 169
DQ Mixed 179
136% 184 MB/s
Poor: 73%
This bench: 75.9%
Great: 122%
WD Blue 2TB (2015)-$70
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 137 147 148 150 150 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
83.5% Excellent
Read 148
Write 141
Mixed 87.5
SusWrite 143
95% 130 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
191% 1.4 MB/s
Poor: 41%
This bench: 83.5%
Great: 86%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4 2666 C16 2x8GB-$171
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
46.6% Average
MC Read 17.7
MC Write 16.1
MC Mixed 20.4
52% 18.1 GB/s
SC Read 5.9
SC Write 9.7
SC Mixed 7.9
22% 7.83 GB/s
Latency 138
29% 138 ns
Poor: 47%
This bench: 46.6%
Great: 95%

 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 3,491 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: $932
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HDDRAMUSB
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $31Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
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