MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 49%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 31%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (34th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 66 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 55.4%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics104% 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
High background CPU (22%). 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)
Memory4.5 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150902
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 24 '18 at 17:44
Run Duration128 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 22%

 PC Performing below expectations (34th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6500-$160
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
55.4% Above average
1-Core 97.8
2-Core 192
68% 145 Pts
4-Core 338
8-Core 360
47% 349 Pts
64-Core 381
26% 381 Pts
Poor: 41%
This bench: 55.4%
Great: 64%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$400
CLim: 1987 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 397.64
Performing above expectations (82nd percentile)
104% Outstanding
Lighting 336
Reflection 294
Parallax 346
105% 326 fps
MRender 200
Gravity 291
Splatting 226
103% 239 fps
Poor: 66%
This bench: 104%
Great: 109%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Intel 535 Series 120GB-$65
8GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RG21
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 307
Write 191
Mixed 188
50% 229 MB/s
4K Read 19.8
4K Write 93.1
4K Mixed 33.8
123% 48.9 MB/s
DQ Read 132
DQ Write 181
DQ Mixed 108
95% 140 MB/s
Poor: 54% Great: 88%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
107GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 31 45 57 41 44 45 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
26.2% Poor
Read 47
Write 48.2
Mixed 26.8
SusWrite 44
30% 41.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.4
75% 0.6 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 26.2%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C16 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
69.1% Good
MC Read 25.8
MC Write 27.1
MC Mixed 21.3
71% 24.7 GB/s
SC Read 13.6
SC Write 23.4
SC Mixed 19.7
54% 18.9 GB/s
Latency 68
59% 68 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 69.1%
Great: 100%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 10,896 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 88%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $991
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