MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (72nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 28 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 83.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics51.3% 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 Drive87.9% 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (20%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory10.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors, 1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 24 '21 at 21:30
Run Duration189 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 20%
Watch Gameplay: 580 + 9600K How to compare your gameplay

 PC Performing above expectations (72nd 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-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (74th percentile)
83.7% Excellent
Memory 89.2
1-Core 143
2-Core 284
97% 172 Pts
4-Core 438
8-Core 527
64% 482 Pts
64-Core 517
35% 517 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 83.7%
Great: 92%
Graphics Cards Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 580-$220
XFX(1682 9580) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1366 MHz, MLim: 2000 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 21.6.1
Performing below potential (21st percentile) - GPU OC Guide
51.3% Above average
Lighting 61.9
Reflection 64.3
Parallax 81.8
50% 69.3 fps
MRender 65.4
Gravity 65.6
Splatting 47.4
53% 59.5 fps
Poor: 48%
This bench: 51.3%
Great: 59%
Intel HD 530 (Desktop Skylake)
MSI(1462 7976) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 27.20.100.8682
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
6.96% Terrible
Lighting 7.4
Reflection 8.3
Parallax 8.8
6% 8.17 fps
MRender 10.4
Gravity 10.1
Splatting 0.2
8% 6.9 fps
Poor: 3%
This bench: 6.96%
Great: 6%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB-$70
45GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 580ABBF0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 147 179 188 185 156 MB/s
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
87.9% Excellent
Read 380
Write 262
Mixed 290
SusWrite 165
61% 274 MB/s
4K Read 34.4
4K Write 97.4
4K Mixed 47.5
165% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 273
DQ Write 244
DQ Mixed 273
201% 263 MB/s
Poor: 57%
This bench: 87.9%
Great: 94%
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB-$116
57GB free
Firmware: 2.22
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 133 133 134 133 132 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
80.6% Excellent
Read 427
Write 147
Mixed 198
SusWrite 130
50% 225 MB/s
4K Read 33.1
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 39.7
158% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 189
DQ Write 147
DQ Mixed 148
116% 161 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 80.6%
Great: 81%
WD WD6402AAEX-00Z3A0 640GB
962GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 193 197 198 196 198 193 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
112% Outstanding
Read 191
Write 181
Mixed 99.5
SusWrite 196
122% 167 MB/s
4K Read 6
4K Write 3.8
4K Mixed 1.6
498% 3.8 MB/s
Poor: 37%
This bench: 112%
Great: 78%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (31st percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
78.1% Very good
MC Read 27.7
MC Write 29.6
MC Mixed 25.2
79% 27.5 GB/s
SC Read 19.1
SC Write 30.6
SC Mixed 24.3
70% 24.7 GB/s
Latency 68.2
59% 68.2 ns
Poor: 65%
This bench: 78.1%
Great: 105%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 4,202 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,224
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