MSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)

Performance Results

Gaming 38%
Jet ski
Desktop 53%
Workstation 36%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (26th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 74 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith a below average single core score, this CPU can handle email, web browsing and audio/video playback but it will struggle to handle modern 3D games or workstation tasks such as video editing. Finally, with a gaming score of 44.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is below average.
Graphics81.9% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive5.3% is an extremely low SSD score, this system will benefit from a faster SSD.
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 (73%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
5 months ago, 5 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7976
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M7 (MS-7976)  (all builds)
Memory10.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160121
Uptime0 Days
Run DateApr 09 '21 at 12:27
Run Duration130 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 73%

 PC Performing below expectations (26th percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$301
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
44.1% Average
Memory 38.7
1-Core 72.9
2-Core 147
47% 86.3 Pts
4-Core 266
8-Core 380
42% 323 Pts
64-Core 614
41% 614 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 44.1%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-Ti-$560
EVGA(3842 1996) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 465.89
Performing below potential (64th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
81.9% Excellent
Lighting 101
Reflection 119
Parallax 106
82% 108 fps
MRender 101
Gravity 102
Splatting 93.6
82% 99.1 fps
Poor: 71%
This bench: 81.9%
Great: 90%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Sandisk PLUS 480G 480GB
28GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 60RL
SusWrite @10s intervals: 24 26 24 24 25 37 MB/s
Relative performance (0th percentile) - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
5.3% Terrible
Read 1.7
Write 79.3
Mixed 1.5
SusWrite 26.5
6% 27.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 7
4K Mixed 4.7
11% 4.13 MB/s
Poor: 31%
This bench: 5.3%
Great: 75%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$58
682GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 135 132 126 130 156 155 MB/s
Performing below expectations (32nd percentile)
84.2% Excellent
Read 154
Write 115
Mixed 73.7
SusWrite 139
88% 121 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.7
136% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 53%
This bench: 84.2%
Great: 115%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
50.1% Above average
MC Read 18.9
MC Write 22.6
MC Mixed 17.3
56% 19.6 GB/s
SC Read 6.3
SC Write 14
SC Mixed 8.5
27% 9.6 GB/s
Latency 208
19% 208 ns
Poor: 47%
This bench: 50.1%
Great: 86%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

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Desktop 88%
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Workstation 76%

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,218
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