MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 61%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 46%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat
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 an average single core score, this CPU can handle browsing the web, email, video playback and the majority of general computing tasks including moderate gaming when coupled with an appropriate GPU. Finally, with a gaming score of 58.8%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics70.4% 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.
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (11%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory11.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151021
Uptime10.2 Days
Run DateJun 11 '18 at 04:31
Run Duration123 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 11%

 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 i5-6400-$182
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.7 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
58.8% Above average
SC Int 80.8
SC Float 86.2
SC Mixed 83.1
67% 83.4 Pts
QC Int 281
QC Float 313
QC Mixed 302
68% 299 Pts
MC Int 287
MC Float 314
MC Mixed 302
45% 301 Pts
Poor: 51%
This bench: 58.8%
Great: 73%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB-$249
CLim: 1911 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 398.11
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
70.4% Very good
Lighting 222
Reflection 197
Parallax 208
67% 209 fps
MRender 148
Gravity 203
Splatting 159
73% 170 fps
Poor: 64%
This bench: 70.4%
Great: 78%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba MK1637GSX 160GB-$70
149GB free
Firmware: DL030M Max speed: SATA 1.0 150 MB/s
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
20.4% Poor
Read 30.1
Write 40.5
Mixed 36.4
27% 35.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.42
4K Write 1.25
4K Mixed 0.34
78% 0.67 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 20.4%
Great: 23%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
56GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (45th percentile)
81.8% Excellent
Read 141
Write 144
Mixed 135
105% 140 MB/s
4K Read 1.17
4K Write 1.55
4K Mixed 0.24
105% 0.99 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 81.8%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 C16 2x8GB-$170
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below expectations (25th percentile)
72.6% Very good
MC Read 24.3
MC Write 29.1
MC Mixed 24.5
74% 26 GB/s
SC Read 14.1
SC Write 29.2
SC Mixed 21.9
62% 21.7 GB/s
Latency 80.2
50% 80.2 ns
Poor: 46%
This bench: 72.6%
Great: 87%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 4,071 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 104% - Outstanding Total price: $1,071
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