MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 45%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat
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PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (37th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 63 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 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 81.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics45.4% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory5.1 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160122
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateNov 28 '17 at 14:01
Run Duration87 Seconds
Run User DEU-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing below expectations (37th 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 i7-6700-$278
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
81.8% Excellent
SC Int 105
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 110
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 384
QC Float 442
QC Mixed 411
93% 412 Pts
MC Int 556
MC Float 635
MC Mixed 600
89% 597 Pts
Poor: 61%
This bench: 81.8%
Great: 88%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 380-$170
PwrHis(1787 200F) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 990 MHz, MLim: 1425 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 17.11.2
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
45.4% Average
Lighting 138
Reflection 133
Parallax 171
46% 147 fps
MRender 105
Gravity 122
Splatting 84.5
45% 104 fps
Poor: 35%
This bench: 45.4%
Great: 48%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
56.4% Above average
Read 104
Write 92.1
Mixed 97.5
74% 97.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 1.93
4K Mixed 0.19
89% 0.96 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 56.4%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 2400 C15 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (7th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
38.7% Below average
MC Read 13.6
MC Write 13.4
MC Mixed 11.2
36% 12.7 GB/s
SC Read 10.9
SC Write 12.2
SC Mixed 12.5
34% 11.9 GB/s
Latency 69.7
57% 69.7 ns
Poor: 39%
This bench: 38.7%
Great: 86%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 5,117 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $939
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