MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 48%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (49th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 51 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 95.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics63.5% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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 (12%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory13.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.6 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170515
Uptime0 Days
Run DateNov 15 '17 at 01:22
Run Duration206 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 12%

 PC Performing as expected (49th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
Intel Core i5-6600K-$233
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
95.5% Outstanding
SC Int 126
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 129
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 497
QC Float 533
QC Mixed 498
115% 510 Pts
MC Int 499
MC Float 528
MC Mixed 513
77% 513 Pts
Poor: 63%
This bench: 95.5%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 480-$280
CLim: 1266 MHz, MLim: 2000 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 17.1.1
Performing below expectations (39th percentile)
63.5% Good
Lighting 174
Reflection 174
Parallax 268
64% 205 fps
MRender 141
Gravity 171
Splatting 126
63% 146 fps
Poor: 50%
This bench: 63.5%
Great: 72%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
251GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (67th percentile)
91% Outstanding
Read 174
Write 143
Mixed 140
114% 152 MB/s
4K Read 0.69
4K Write 2.28
4K Mixed 0.26
99% 1.07 MB/s
Poor: 44%
This bench: 91%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial BLS8G4D240FSB.16FBD 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2600 MHz
Performing below potential (9th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
51.3% Above average
MC Read 17.7
MC Write 18.1
MC Mixed 16.1
49% 17.3 GB/s
SC Read 15.5
SC Write 17.1
SC Mixed 15.5
46% 16 GB/s
Latency 63.5
63% 63.5 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 51.3%
Great: 97%
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 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 7,702 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $959
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