MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 59%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht
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 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 81.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics102% 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.
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
6 months ago, 5 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory11.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160224
Uptime1.5 Days
Run DateJul 13 '18 at 01:16
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU1%

 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-$232
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
81.2% Excellent
SC Int 102
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 106
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 418
QC Float 451
QC Mixed 432
98% 434 Pts
MC Int 415
MC Float 449
MC Mixed 432
65% 432 Pts
Poor: 63%
This bench: 81.2%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980 Ti-$550
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 398.11
Performing above expectations (66th percentile)
102% Outstanding
Lighting 330
Reflection 304
Parallax 334
102% 323 fps
MRender 200
Gravity 299
Splatting 205
102% 235 fps
Poor: 66%
This bench: 102%
Great: 112%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$63
16GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 494
Write 465
Mixed 384
100% 448 MB/s
4K Read 45.9
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 60.1
206% 72.9 MB/s
DQ Read 348
DQ Write 306
DQ Mixed 320
242% 325 MB/s
Poor: 75% Great: 124%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$44
43GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 114 114 114 115 115 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
71.5% Very good
Read 135
Write 104
Mixed 73.3
SusWrite 114
78% 107 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
137% 1 MB/s
Poor: 47%
This bench: 71.5%
Great: 115%
Seagate BUP Slim BK 1TB
24GB free
Firmware: 0304
SusWrite @10s intervals: 36 57 58 62 65 65 MB/s
Performing below expectations (29th percentile)
22.8% Poor
Read 21.2
Write 78.5
Mixed 77
SusWrite 57.3
44% 58.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 0.5
130% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 22.8%
Great: 65%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$124
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing above expectations (63rd percentile)
75.4% Very good
MC Read 26.6
MC Write 29.4
MC Mixed 25.5
78% 27.2 GB/s
SC Read 15.7
SC Write 26.7
SC Mixed 21.4
61% 21.3 GB/s
Latency 73.7
54% 73.7 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 75.4%
Great: 88%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 1,292 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 104% - Outstanding Total price: $950
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