MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (48th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 52 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 91.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics53.4% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory11.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151021
Uptime17.6 Days
Run DateSep 02 '18 at 09:21
Run Duration129 Seconds
Run User FIN-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing as expected (48th 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 i7-6700K-$342
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
91.5% Outstanding
SC Int 130
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 136
107% 133 Pts
QC Int 410
QC Float 451
QC Mixed 431
98% 431 Pts
MC Int 668
MC Float 760
MC Mixed 722
107% 717 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 91.5%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti-$675
CLim: 1974 MHz, MLim: 2752 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 398.82
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (143 fps cap detected)
53.4% Above average
Lighting 143
Reflection 143
Parallax 143
44% 143 fps
MRender 143
Gravity 143
Splatting 143
60% 143 fps
Poor: 53%
This bench: 53.4%
Great: 177%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$155
28GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 2,020
Write 1,619
Mixed 668
316% 1,435 MB/s
4K Read 44.3
4K Write 163
4K Mixed 63.5
235% 90.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,122
DQ Write 1,251
DQ Mixed 844
730% 1,072 MB/s
Poor: 150% Great: 257%
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB-$249
111GB free
Firmware: EXM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 437 434 457 480 484 485 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
126% Outstanding
Read 512
Write 488
Mixed 411
SusWrite 463
106% 468 MB/s
4K Read 38.9
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 54.3
197% 74.2 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 345
DQ Mixed 357
270% 362 MB/s
Poor: 68%
This bench: 126%
Great: 126%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2666 C15 2x8GB-$75
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing below potential (27th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
82.6% Excellent
MC Read 30.1
MC Write 32
MC Mixed 26.1
84% 29.4 GB/s
SC Read 15.9
SC Write 32.5
SC Mixed 24.2
69% 24.2 GB/s
Latency 62
64% 62 ns
Poor: 51%
This bench: 82.6%
Great: 98%
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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 M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 5,289 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $1,130
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