MSI H170A PC MATE (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 23%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (32nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 68 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 good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 70.2%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics28.4% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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 (65%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI H170A PC MATE (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151217
Uptime0.3 Days
Run DateJul 14 '18 at 12:01
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 65%

 PC Performing below expectations (32nd percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6500-$178
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (31st percentile)
70.2% Very good
Memory 78.5
1-Core 92.5
2-Core 178
69% 116 Pts
4-Core 357
8-Core 367
49% 362 Pts
64-Core 368
25% 368 Pts
Poor: 58%
This bench: 70.2%
Great: 79%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 380-$147
CLim: 1010 MHz, MLim: 1450 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 18.2.1
Relative performance (0th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
28.4% Poor
Lighting 108
Reflection 57.6
Parallax 129
28% 98.3 fps
MRender 87.8
Gravity 99.9
Splatting 73.2
29% 87 fps
Poor: 33%
This bench: 28.4%
Great: 37%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 750 EVO 120GB-$150
10GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MAT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 438
Write 351
Mixed 304
81% 364 MB/s
4K Read 35.1
4K Write 94.7
4K Mixed 46.8
163% 58.9 MB/s
DQ Read 382
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 308
246% 344 MB/s
Poor: 59% Great: 110%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB-$91
144GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 108 107 110 109 107 107 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
61.8% Good
Read 107
Write 82.8
Mixed 68.5
SusWrite 108
68% 91.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
145% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 61%
This bench: 61.8%
Great: 114%
JetFlash Transcend 16GB
9GB free, PID 4000
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 15 16 16 15 16 16 MB/s
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
7.63% Terrible
Read 21.7
Write 9.7
Mixed 4.5
SusWrite 15.7
16% 12.9 MB/s
4K Read 4.5
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
17% 1.5 MB/s
Poor: 4%
This bench: 7.63%
Great: 25%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB-$66
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (36th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
69.5% Good
MC Read 25.3
MC Write 27.6
MC Mixed 24
73% 25.6 GB/s
SC Read 12.2
SC Write 21.5
SC Mixed 17.7
49% 17.1 GB/s
Latency 83.4
48% 83.4 ns
Poor: 48%
This bench: 69.5%
Great: 88%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical H170A PC MATE (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 284 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 45%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 36%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI H170A PC MATE (MS-7971)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $613
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