MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (52nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 48 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 94.6%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics65.1% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive79.6% 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-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory2.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime2.5 Days
Run DateMay 17 '18 at 05:20
Run Duration144 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd 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 i7-6700K-$299
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (77th percentile)
94.6% Outstanding
SC Int 134
SC Float 139
SC Mixed 137
109% 137 Pts
QC Int 444
QC Float 471
QC Mixed 458
104% 458 Pts
MC Int 649
MC Float 739
MC Mixed 691
104% 693 Pts
Poor: 74%
This bench: 94.6%
Great: 102%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$260
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Performing above expectations (64th percentile)
65.1% Good
Lighting 203
Reflection 176
Parallax 195
62% 192 fps
MRender 152
Gravity 190
Splatting 124
67% 155 fps
Poor: 56%
This bench: 65.1%
Great: 72%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX300 525GB-$125
73GB free
Firmware: M0CR040 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
62.7% Good
Read 467
Write 178
Mixed 234
64% 293 MB/s
4K Read 21.4
4K Write 73.3
4K Mixed 12.5
87% 35.7 MB/s
DQ Read 183
DQ Write 178
DQ Mixed 16.2
57% 126 MB/s
Poor: 59%
This bench: 62.7%
Great: 99%
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB-$289
52GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM06B0Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
79.6% Very good
Read 471
Write 152
Mixed 223
62% 282 MB/s
4K Read 34.6
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 24.3
138% 54 MB/s
DQ Read 347
DQ Write 147
DQ Mixed 70.3
99% 188 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 79.6%
Great: 117%
Samsung 850 Evo 120GB-$89
11GB free
Firmware: EMT01B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
116% Outstanding
Read 516
Write 410
Mixed 417
100% 447 MB/s
4K Read 47.2
4K Write 99.9
4K Mixed 45.5
183% 64.2 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 284
DQ Mixed 105
140% 256 MB/s
Poor: 67%
This bench: 116%
Great: 116%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$155
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
95.6% Outstanding
MC Read 35.2
MC Write 37.6
MC Mixed 28.2
96% 33.7 GB/s
SC Read 16.7
SC Write 39.6
SC Mixed 29.7
82% 28.7 GB/s
Latency 48.9
82% 48.9 ns
Poor: 54%
This bench: 95.6%
Great: 110%
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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 7,776 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 M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $947
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