MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Gaming 20%
Desktop 47%
Workstation 16%
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (12th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 88 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 35.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is poor.
Graphics46.3% 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 Drive67.2% 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 8.1 is the second most recent version of Windows but it's worth upgrading to Windows 10 which has had several improvements made to the user interface including a better homescreen.
Very high background CPU (33%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory12.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1366 x 768 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 8.1
BIOS Date20171009
Uptime0 Days
Run DateDec 25 '17 at 12:19
Run Duration168 Seconds
Run User EGY-User
Background CPU 33%

 PC Performing way below expectations (12th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700-$350
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
35.3% Below average
Memory 59.1
1-Core 20.2
2-Core 39.3
29% 39.5 Pts
4-Core 64.4
8-Core 109
11% 86.6 Pts
64-Core 123
8% 123 Pts
Poor: 65%
This bench: 35.3%
Great: 84%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.43
Performing below potential (13th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
46.3% Average
Lighting 47.9
Reflection 59.2
Parallax 50
39% 52.4 fps
MRender 75.5
Gravity 66.9
Splatting 61.3
55% 67.9 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 46.3%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX200 250GB-$134
43GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MU03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
67.2% Good
Read 504
Write 339
Mixed 305
85% 383 MB/s
4K Read 20.8
4K Write 35.7
4K Mixed 16.4
71% 24.3 MB/s
DQ Read 127
DQ Write 90.8
DQ Mixed 10.9
35% 76.1 MB/s
Poor: 66%
This bench: 67.2%
Great: 111%
WD Black 2TB (2013)-$85
264GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (20th percentile)
71.2% Very good
Read 145
Write 103
Mixed 122
93% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 2.65
4K Mixed 0.26
98% 1.13 MB/s
Poor: 60%
This bench: 71.2%
Great: 111%
WD Green 1TB (2010)-$152
136GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing below expectations (26th percentile)
36.8% Below average
Read 65.5
Write 62.6
Mixed 57.8
47% 62 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 1.26
4K Mixed 0.22
66% 0.64 MB/s
Poor: 23%
This bench: 36.8%
Great: 60%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial BLS8G4D240FSA.16FADG 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
44.3% Average
MC Read 15.7
MC Write 16.4
MC Mixed 19.2
49% 17.1 GB/s
SC Read 5.3
SC Write 8.7
SC Mixed 8
21% 7.33 GB/s
Latency 130
31% 130 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 44.3%
Great: 87%

 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 7,341 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 70%
Desktop 88%
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Workstation 60%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,034
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