MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 119%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 103%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 83%
Aircraft carrier
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way above expectations (85th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 15 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. This PC is likely operated by a technical master!
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle typical workstation, and even moderate server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 108%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics140% 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 Drive121% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (18%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory13.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateDec 19 '16 at 22:43
Run Duration108 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 18%

 PC Performing way above expectations (85th 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-$300
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
108% Outstanding
SC Int 135
SC Float 148
SC Mixed 144
114% 142 Pts
QC Int 523
QC Float 512
QC Mixed 544
119% 526 Pts
MC Int 728
MC Float 822
MC Mixed 788
116% 779 Pts
Poor: 81%
This bench: 108%
Great: 105%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$515
MaxC: 2050 MHz, MaxM: 2652 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 376.33
Performing way above expectations (88th percentile)
140% Outstanding
Lighting 443
Reflection 416
Parallax 482
138% 447 fps
MRender 251
Gravity 426
Splatting 268
131% 315 fps
Poor: 104%
This bench: 140%
Great: 145%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB-$465
170GB free
Firmware: EXM03B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
121% Outstanding
Read 525
Write 502
Mixed 503
114% 510 MB/s
4K Read 38.7
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 45.1
186% 71.8 MB/s
DQ Read 248
DQ Write 350
DQ Mixed 29
98% 209 MB/s
Poor: 66%
This bench: 121%
Great: 123%
WD My Book 1230 2TB
1TB free, PID 1230
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
46.6% Average
Read 108
Write 109
Mixed 97.1
134% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.87
4K Write 2.31
4K Mixed 0.26
91% 1.15 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 46.6%
Great: 58%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2133 C14 4x4GB
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing above expectations (84th percentile)
90% Excellent
MC Read 32.7
MC Write 34.6
MC Mixed 27.6
90% 31.6 GB/s
SC Read 20.5
SC Write 37.7
SC Mixed 27.1
81% 28.4 GB/s
Latency 58.4
68% 58.4 ns
Poor: 67%
This bench: 90%
Great: 101%
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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 1,894 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $143

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,009
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