MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 101%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 64%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 47%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (46th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 54 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 69.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics129% 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 Drive47.1% 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.
Very high background CPU (32%). 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)
Memory11.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151022
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 12 '18 at 19:23
Run Duration125 Seconds
Run User CYP-User
Background CPU 32%

 PC Performing as expected (46th 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 i5-6500-$211
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (39th percentile)
69.3% Good
SC Int 89.1
SC Float 102
SC Mixed 96.2
76% 95.6 Pts
QC Int 353
QC Float 386
QC Mixed 357
83% 365 Pts
MC Int 361
MC Float 371
MC Mixed 374
55% 369 Pts
Poor: 53%
This bench: 69.3%
Great: 78%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$460
CLim: 2025 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 398.36
Performing as expected (59th percentile)
129% Outstanding
Lighting 433
Reflection 372
Parallax 384
128% 396 fps
MRender 230
Gravity 408
Splatting 244
129% 294 fps
Poor: 62%
This bench: 129%
Great: 141%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston A400 120GB-$24
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SBFK71E0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 52 8.2 107 51 1.5 12 MB/s
Performing below potential (14th percentile) - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
47.1% Average
Read 202
Write 35.5
Mixed 75.7
SusWrite 38.7
19% 88.1 MB/s
4K Read 12.9
4K Write 77.6
4K Mixed 20.5
87% 37 MB/s
DQ Read 166
DQ Write 296
DQ Mixed 128
126% 197 MB/s
Poor: 42%
This bench: 47.1%
Great: 77%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
663GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 163 162 166 166 166 166 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
105% Outstanding
Read 203
Write 166
Mixed 90
SusWrite 165
114% 156 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
236% 1.67 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 105%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston KHX2133C14D4/4G KHX2400C15D4/4G KHX2133C14D4/4G KHX2400C15D4/4G 16GB
2133, 2133, 2133, 2133 MHz
4096, 4096, 4096, 4096 MB
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
71.7% Very good
MC Read 26.3
MC Write 27.7
MC Mixed 23.5
74% 25.8 GB/s
SC Read 14.5
SC Write 25.9
SC Mixed 18.6
56% 19.7 GB/s
Latency 72.3
55% 72.3 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 71.7%
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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 3,645 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 M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $976
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