MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (52nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 48 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 83%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics42.7% 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)
Boot Drive51.2% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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.
High background CPU (25%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
5 months ago, 1 month ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory9.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit kleuren
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161221
Uptime1.4 Days
Run DateApr 17 '17 at 01:51
Run Duration161 Seconds
Run User NLD-User
Background CPU 25%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd 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-$290
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
83% Excellent
SC Int 119
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 121
98% 122 Pts
QC Int 370
QC Float 421
QC Mixed 398
90% 396 Pts
MC Int 583
MC Float 662
MC Mixed 626
93% 624 Pts
Poor: 79%
This bench: 83%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$200
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 381.65
Performing way above expectations (85th percentile)
42.7% Average
Lighting 143
Reflection 119
Parallax 130
43% 131 fps
MRender 83.1
Gravity 126
Splatting 84.8
43% 98.1 fps
Poor: 37%
This bench: 42.7%
Great: 45%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Crucial MX200 500GB-$240
63GB free
Firmware: MU02 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
91.8% Outstanding
Read 509
Write 397
Mixed 387
96% 431 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 89.3
4K Mixed 25.4
123% 47.7 MB/s
DQ Read 234
DQ Write 242
DQ Mixed 37.2
83% 171 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 91.8%
Great: 91%
Samsung 840 120GB-$109
15GB free
Firmware: DXT08B0Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (41st percentile)
51.2% Above average
Read 446
Write 66.7
Mixed 87.8
43% 200 MB/s
4K Read 27.7
4K Write 75.1
4K Mixed 10.3
95% 37.7 MB/s
DQ Read 29.7
DQ Write 80.9
DQ Mixed 27
29% 45.9 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 51.2%
Great: 68%
WD Blue 3TB (2015)-$85
2.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (53rd percentile)
75.3% Very good
Read 129
Write 133
Mixed 131
99% 131 MB/s
4K Read 0.86
4K Write 2.48
4K Mixed 0.22
106% 1.19 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 75.3%
Great: 95%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$163
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
73.3% Very good
MC Read 26.2
MC Write 28.1
MC Mixed 23
74% 25.8 GB/s
SC Read 16.3
SC Write 27.9
SC Mixed 23.8
65% 22.7 GB/s
Latency 66.8
60% 66.8 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 73.3%
Great: 106%
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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 2,916 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
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Workstation
Workstation 66%
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Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,067
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