MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 65%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht
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 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 92.9%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics89.8% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D 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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory10.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170515
Uptime5.6 Days
Run DateJun 14 '18 at 04:07
Run Duration109 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU8%

 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 i5-7600K-$251
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (60th percentile)
92.9% Outstanding
SC Int 123
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 119
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 482
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 496
112% 495 Pts
MC Int 482
MC Float 507
MC Mixed 495
74% 494 Pts
Poor: 72%
This bench: 92.9%
Great: 109%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980 Ti-$550
Nvidia(10DE 1151) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 388.31
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
89.8% Excellent
Lighting 287
Reflection 263
Parallax 285
88% 278 fps
MRender 180
Gravity 265
Splatting 183
91% 209 fps
Poor: 59%
This bench: 89.8%
Great: 110%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
546GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (58th percentile)
87.6% Excellent
Read 154
Write 151
Mixed 144
113% 150 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 2.21
4K Mixed 0.26
102% 1.08 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 87.6%
Great: 106%
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016)-$45
503GB free
Firmware: CC43 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (40th percentile)
93% Outstanding
Read 164
Write 160
Mixed 132
114% 152 MB/s
4K Read 0.81
4K Write 1.59
4K Mixed 0.28
95% 0.9 MB/s
Poor: 57%
This bench: 93%
Great: 116%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$128
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (4th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
40.9% Average
MC Read 14.1
MC Write 14.3
MC Mixed 12.1
39% 13.5 GB/s
SC Read 12.1
SC Write 12.8
SC Mixed 13.6
37% 12.8 GB/s
Latency 68.3
58% 68.3 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 40.9%
Great: 89%
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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 6,829 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,037
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