MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (80th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 20 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 very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 78.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics55.8% 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 Drive80.5% 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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 12 years and 11 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Sub-optimal background CPU (16%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory12.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20170515
Uptime0.5 Days
Run DateSep 05 '17 at 23:22
Run Duration110 Seconds
Run User POL-User
Background CPU 16%

 PC Performing above expectations (80th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6400-$182
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.7 GHz
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
78.4% Very good
Memory 89
1-Core 101
2-Core 199
77% 130 Pts
4-Core 393
8-Core 394
54% 394 Pts
64-Core 393
26% 393 Pts
Poor: 54%
This bench: 78.4%
Great: 76%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$125
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 385.41
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
55.8% Above average
Lighting 71.4
Reflection 71.1
Parallax 64.5
58% 69 fps
MRender 74.1
Gravity 65
Splatting 56.4
54% 65.2 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 55.8%
Great: 55%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Plextor M6S 128GB-$106
65GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1.08 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (32nd percentile)
80.5% Excellent
Read 462
Write 328
Mixed 367
86% 386 MB/s
4K Read 28
4K Write 49.7
4K Mixed 26.7
103% 34.8 MB/s
DQ Read 243
DQ Write 231
DQ Mixed 74.9
101% 183 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 80.5%
Great: 100%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$35
140GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (90th percentile)
104% Outstanding
Read 186
Write 177
Mixed 146
127% 170 MB/s
4K Read 1.02
4K Write 2.44
4K Mixed 0.34
125% 1.26 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 104%
Great: 110%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB-$125
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2155 MHz
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
77.5% Very good
MC Read 27.7
MC Write 30.1
MC Mixed 25
79% 27.6 GB/s
SC Read 16.5
SC Write 29.2
SC Mixed 23.3
66% 23 GB/s
Latency 68.5
58% 68.5 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 77.5%
Great: 86%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 9,847 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $719
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