MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 113%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 75%
Battleship
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (80th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 20 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 101%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics39.5% 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 Drive210% 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.
SystemMSI MS-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory14.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1280 x 1024 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160523
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 15 '17 at 20:52
Run Duration106 Seconds
Run User GRC-User
Background CPU3%

 PC Performing above expectations (80th 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-$270
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
101% Outstanding
SC Int 129
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 485
QC Float 527
QC Mixed 523
116% 512 Pts
MC Int 629
MC Float 740
MC Mixed 707
103% 692 Pts
Poor: 80%
This bench: 101%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 270X-$199
Sapphire(174B E272) 2GB
CLim: 1150 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 17.1.1
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
39.5% Below average
Lighting 122
Reflection 95.5
Parallax 157
42% 125 fps
MRender 68.3
Gravity 102
Splatting 98.6
38% 89.8 fps
Poor: 33%
This bench: 39.5%
Great: 39%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB-$105
223GB free
Firmware: X21200RL Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (94th percentile)
105% Outstanding
Read 520
Write 498
Mixed 487
112% 502 MB/s
4K Read 34.2
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 19.7
134% 53.7 MB/s
DQ Read 355
DQ Write 332
DQ Mixed 19.7
104% 235 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 105%
Great: 106%
Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB-$128
174GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Performing below expectations (35th percentile)
210% Outstanding
Read 2,075
Write 1,093
Mixed 1,167
318% 1,445 MB/s
4K Read 56.1
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 29.4
191% 71.3 MB/s
DQ Read 59.3
DQ Write 144
DQ Mixed 25.6
41% 76.2 MB/s
Poor: 165%
This bench: 210%
Great: 264%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$210
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
103% Outstanding
MC Read 38.9
MC Write 41.2
MC Mixed 28.4
103% 36.2 GB/s
SC Read 22.2
SC Write 44.9
SC Mixed 32.5
95% 33.2 GB/s
Latency 48.6
82% 48.6 ns
Poor: 61%
This bench: 103%
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 TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 933 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $1,115
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