MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 65%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 55%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 37%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (81st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 19 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 77.6%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics72.4% 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.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory5.3 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colores
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime1.3 Days
Run DateFeb 14 '18 at 00:31
Run Duration109 Seconds
Run User ESP-User
Background CPU3%

 PC Performing above expectations (81st 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 i5-6500-$211
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (91st percentile)
77.6% Very good
SC Int 102
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 105
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 401
QC Float 426
QC Mixed 406
93% 411 Pts
MC Int 394
MC Float 421
MC Mixed 408
61% 408 Pts
Poor: 54%
This bench: 77.6%
Great: 79%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB-$249
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 390.77
Performing as expected (59th percentile)
72.4% Very good
Lighting 227
Reflection 204
Parallax 215
69% 216 fps
MRender 148
Gravity 209
Splatting 169
75% 175 fps
Poor: 64%
This bench: 72.4%
Great: 78%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$35
554GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 02.01A02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (60th percentile)
90.2% Outstanding
Read 174
Write 141
Mixed 136
113% 150 MB/s
4K Read 0.99
4K Write 2.51
4K Mixed 0.33
125% 1.28 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 90.2%
Great: 107%
Hitachi HTS545050A7E380 500GB
466GB free
Firmware: GG2OACY0 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
58.4% Above average
Read 98.2
Write 105
Mixed 98.9
76% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.49
4K Write 1.29
4K Mixed 0.17
63% 0.65 MB/s
Poor: 17%
This bench: 58.4%
Great: 57%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX 2133 C14 1x8GB
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
43.8% Average
MC Read 16.3
MC Write 15.6
MC Mixed 12.1
42% 14.7 GB/s
SC Read 11.9
SC Write 14.5
SC Mixed 12.4
37% 12.9 GB/s
Latency 65.7
61% 65.7 ns
Poor: 31%
This bench: 43.8%
Great: 43%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 3,474 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,042
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