MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 23%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 20%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (19th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 81 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 an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 16.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics109% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive55.2% 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (13%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory14.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJan 27 '17 at 08:22
Run Duration122 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 13%

 PC Performing way below expectations (19th 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 i7-6700-$265
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
16.2% Very poor
SC Int 19.6
SC Float 22.2
SC Mixed 20.7
17% 20.8 Pts
QC Int 76.1
QC Float 85.4
QC Mixed 83.8
18% 81.8 Pts
MC Int 97.2
MC Float 105
MC Mixed 113
16% 105 Pts
Poor: 69%
This bench: 16.2%
Great: 89%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$530
CLim: 1987 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 378.49
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
109% Outstanding
Lighting 153
Reflection 170
Parallax 401
75% 241 fps
MRender 238
Gravity 423
Splatting 251
134% 304 fps
Poor: 98%
This bench: 109%
Great: 142%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Sandisk SD7SB3Q-128G-1006 128GB
84GB free
Firmware: X2180006 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
55.2% Above average
Read 373
Write 271
Mixed 308
70% 317 MB/s
4K Read 20.4
4K Write 35.3
4K Mixed 15.8
70% 23.8 MB/s
DQ Read 22.2
DQ Write 102
DQ Mixed 11.4
24% 45.1 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 55.2%
Great: 81%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$49
1.5TB free
Firmware: HP51 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (78th percentile)
99.8% Outstanding
Read 185
Write 163
Mixed 165
129% 171 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.21
70% 0.71 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 99.8%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Hynix HMA41GU6AFR8N-TF 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
44.3% Average
MC Read 16.4
MC Write 16.4
MC Mixed 19.6
50% 17.5 GB/s
SC Read 5.4
SC Write 8.3
SC Mixed 7.2
20% 6.97 GB/s
Latency 180
22% 180 ns
Poor: 65%
This bench: 44.3%
Great: 78%
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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 2,646 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,080
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