MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (44th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 56 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 94.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics60.8% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive107% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (12%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory11.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170515
Uptime3.4 Days
Run DateJun 14 '18 at 06:24
Run Duration108 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 12%

 PC Performing as expected (44th 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-$238
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
94.2% Outstanding
SC Int 128
SC Float 135
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 466
QC Float 502
QC Mixed 487
110% 485 Pts
MC Int 486
MC Float 504
MC Mixed 488
74% 493 Pts
Poor: 65%
This bench: 94.2%
Great: 104%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$207
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.31
Performing below expectations (30th percentile)
60.8% Good
Lighting 183
Reflection 168
Parallax 185
57% 179 fps
MRender 144
Gravity 175
Splatting 126
64% 148 fps
Poor: 54%
This bench: 60.8%
Great: 71%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 1TB-$330
17GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (26th percentile)
107% Outstanding
Read 521
Write 408
Mixed 428
101% 452 MB/s
4K Read 42.2
4K Write 88.4
4K Mixed 35
156% 55.2 MB/s
DQ Read 371
DQ Write 277
DQ Mixed 137
154% 262 MB/s
Poor: 84%
This bench: 107%
Great: 134%
WD Black 1TB (2010)-$70
63GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (46th percentile)
53.9% Above average
Read 108
Write 79.4
Mixed 107
74% 98.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.64
4K Write 2.19
4K Mixed 0.35
107% 1.06 MB/s
Poor: 34%
This bench: 53.9%
Great: 76%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB-$138
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing as expected (41st percentile)
72.4% Very good
MC Read 25.2
MC Write 26.7
MC Mixed 24.6
73% 25.5 GB/s
SC Read 15
SC Write 28.1
SC Mixed 23.4
63% 22.2 GB/s
Latency 69
58% 69 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 72.4%
Great: 91%
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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 6,875 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: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,030
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Intel Core i7-7700K $355AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $40G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $869SanDisk Extreme 64GB $42
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $157SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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