MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 108%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (43rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 57 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 103%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics121% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive55.2% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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 (15%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory11.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180125
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 12 '18 at 11:47
Run Duration135 Seconds
Run User RUS-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing as expected (43rd 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 4.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
103% Outstanding
SC Int 139
SC Float 149
SC Mixed 138
114% 142 Pts
QC Int 519
QC Float 567
QC Mixed 543
123% 543 Pts
MC Int 515
MC Float 558
MC Mixed 540
80% 538 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 103%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$86
Asus(1043 859B) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1911 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 398.36
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
121% Outstanding
Lighting 396
Reflection 372
Parallax 409
124% 392 fps
MRender 185
Gravity 384
Splatting 247
119% 272 fps
Poor: 68%
This bench: 121%
Great: 141%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Spcc Solid State Disk 512GB
191GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SAFM13.2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 283 103 258 344 248 78 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (20th percentile)
55.2% Above average
Read 418
Write 371
Mixed 366
SusWrite 219
77% 343 MB/s
4K Read 28
4K Write 31.3
4K Mixed 6.5
67% 21.9 MB/s
DQ Read 275
DQ Write 8.3
DQ Mixed 12.2
41% 98.6 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 55.2%
Great: 93%
Mushkin Reactor 1TB-$140
445GB free
Firmware: O1026A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 372 375 415 384 364 394 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
94.7% Outstanding
Read 466
Write 389
Mixed 313
SusWrite 384
87% 388 MB/s
4K Read 23.3
4K Write 71.9
4K Mixed 41.5
126% 45.6 MB/s
DQ Read 272
DQ Write 291
DQ Mixed 198
172% 254 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 94.7%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown F4-3200C16-4GVKB 04CD F4-3200C16-4GVK 04CD F4-3200C16-4GVK 04CD F4-3200C16-4GVKB 16GB
3200, 3200, 3200, 3200 MHz
4096, 4096, 4096, 4096 MB
Performing below potential (14th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
103% Outstanding
MC Read 36.9
MC Write 41.2
MC Mixed 34.1
107% 37.4 GB/s
SC Read 19.5
SC Write 36
SC Mixed 27.8
79% 27.8 GB/s
Latency 52.9
76% 52.9 ns
Poor: 103%
This bench: 103%
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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 3,610 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $975
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