MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 25%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (60th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 40 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 86.1%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics15.9% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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)
Boot Drive64.6% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait times.
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 (48%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory9.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1280 x 1024 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime10.1 Days
Run DateMar 09 '17 at 04:42
Run Duration168 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 48%

 PC Performing above expectations (60th 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-$295
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
86.1% Excellent
SC Int 120
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 124
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 432
QC Float 458
QC Mixed 417
99% 436 Pts
MC Int 600
MC Float 587
MC Mixed 632
91% 607 Pts
Poor: 79%
This bench: 86.1%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD HD 6850
PwrHis(1787 200F) 1GB
Driver: aticfx64.dll Ver. 15.201.1151.1008
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
15.9% Very poor
Lighting 54.5
Reflection 36.8
Parallax 48.9
16% 46.7 fps
MRender 25.2
Gravity 36.3
Splatting 42
15% 34.5 fps
Poor: 14%
This bench: 15.9%
Great: 17%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB-$73
121GB free
Firmware: Z32070RL Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (56th percentile)
64.6% Good
Read 505
Write 241
Mixed 22.3
55% 256 MB/s
4K Read 20.6
4K Write 77.6
4K Mixed 3.91
77% 34 MB/s
DQ Read 132
DQ Write 250
DQ Mixed 0.05
54% 127 MB/s
Poor: 41%
This bench: 64.6%
Great: 83%
Samsung 850 Evo 120GB-$89
82GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
114% Outstanding
Read 514
Write 408
Mixed 419
99% 447 MB/s
4K Read 47.2
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 41.7
179% 63.8 MB/s
DQ Read 361
DQ Write 284
DQ Mixed 110
140% 252 MB/s
Poor: 68%
This bench: 114%
Great: 114%
Toshiba P300 2TB-$60
662GB free
Firmware: MX4OACF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (67th percentile)
101% Outstanding
Read 178
Write 176
Mixed 163
129% 172 MB/s
4K Read 0.94
4K Write 1.74
4K Mixed 0.25
98% 0.97 MB/s
Poor: 70%
This bench: 101%
Great: 111%
Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB-$159
248GB free
Firmware: GM4OA57A Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM !4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
42.5% Average
Read 77.7
Write 70.5
Mixed 74.5
56% 74.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.21
4K Write 0.86
4K Mixed 0.28
55% 0.45 MB/s
Poor: 32%
This bench: 42.5%
Great: 51%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial BLS8G4D240FSB.16FBD 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
81.2% Excellent
MC Read 29.1
MC Write 31.2
MC Mixed 25.2
81% 28.5 GB/s
SC Read 18.5
SC Write 32.9
SC Mixed 25.5
73% 25.6 GB/s
Latency 62.5
64% 62.5 ns
Poor: 45%
This bench: 81.2%
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 GAMING M7 (MS-7976) Builds (Compare 3,539 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Excellent Total price: $1,155
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