MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (84th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 16 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 103%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics73.5% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive108% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum 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 8.1 is the second most recent version of Windows but it's worth upgrading to Windows 10 which has had several improvements made to the user interface including a better homescreen.
Run History
16 days ago, 15 days ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory14.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 8.1
BIOS Date20170424
Uptime0 Days
Run DateSep 09 '17 at 23:50
Run Duration91 Seconds
Run User TUR-User
Background CPU2%

 PC Performing above expectations (84th 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 4.6 GHz, turbo 5.25 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (91st percentile)
103% Outstanding
SC Int 139
SC Float 147
SC Mixed 142
114% 143 Pts
QC Int 474
QC Float 506
QC Mixed 505
112% 495 Pts
MC Int 719
MC Float 818
MC Mixed 790
116% 776 Pts
Poor: 79%
This bench: 103%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$350
CLim: 1605 MHz, MLim: 1927 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 385.41
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
73.5% Very good
Lighting 228
Reflection 200
Parallax 224
70% 218 fps
MRender 172
Gravity 213
Splatting 142
76% 176 fps
Poor: 54%
This bench: 73.5%
Great: 72%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB-$209
335GB free
Firmware: X21200RL Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
108% Outstanding
Read 458
Write 487
Mixed 455
104% 467 MB/s
4K Read 36.4
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 30.8
151% 57.9 MB/s
DQ Read 367
DQ Write 317
DQ Mixed 65.7
125% 250 MB/s
Poor: 67%
This bench: 108%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$164
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing as expected (51st percentile)
90.9% Outstanding
MC Read 32.8
MC Write 35
MC Mixed 27.6
91% 31.8 GB/s
SC Read 21.5
SC Write 38.6
SC Mixed 27.8
84% 29.3 GB/s
Latency 56.2
71% 56.2 ns
Poor: 57%
This bench: 90.9%
Great: 107%
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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 2,915 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $140

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