MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 51%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (40th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 60 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 81.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics50.5% 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 Drive70.3% 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 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)
Memory11.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colori
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150906
Uptime15.6 Days
Run DateFeb 14 '18 at 11:03
Run Duration120 Seconds
Run User ITA-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing as expected (40th 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-$235
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (37th percentile)
81.2% Excellent
SC Int 104
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 109
86% 108 Pts
QC Int 438
QC Float 449
QC Mixed 429
100% 439 Pts
MC Int 387
MC Float 414
MC Mixed 404
60% 402 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 81.2%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 770-$279
Palit(1569 1184) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1302 MHz, MLim: 1852 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.77
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
50.5% Above average
Lighting 134
Reflection 107
Parallax 174
46% 139 fps
MRender 122
Gravity 156
Splatting 90
54% 123 fps
Poor: 41%
This bench: 50.5%
Great: 52%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB-$150
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 521ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
70.3% Very good
Read 443
Write 192
Mixed 298
68% 311 MB/s
4K Read 24.3
4K Write 76.8
4K Mixed 23.6
108% 41.5 MB/s
DQ Read 226
DQ Write 159
DQ Mixed 69.9
86% 152 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 70.3%
Great: 95%
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB-$95
23GB free
Firmware: 580ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
63.4% Good
Read 465
Write 165
Mixed 267
66% 299 MB/s
4K Read 23.5
4K Write 82.2
4K Mixed 15.8
99% 40.5 MB/s
DQ Read 107
DQ Write 154
DQ Mixed 42.1
57% 101 MB/s
Poor: 36%
This bench: 63.4%
Great: 81%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2133 C14 4x4GB
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (13th percentile)
68.3% Good
MC Read 23.9
MC Write 25.8
MC Mixed 22.9
69% 24.2 GB/s
SC Read 15
SC Write 24.8
SC Mixed 20.4
57% 20.1 GB/s
Latency 70.7
57% 70.7 ns
Poor: 64%
This bench: 68.3%
Great: 100%
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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 3,436 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,043
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