MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 55%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (29th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 71 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 good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 63.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics57.9% 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 Drive84.8% 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 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Very high background CPU (31%). 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)
Memory12.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime7.8 Days
Run DateApr 09 '17 at 01:15
Run Duration112 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 31%

 PC Performing below expectations (29th 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 i5-6600-$225
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
63.5% Good
SC Int 99.4
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 103
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 297
QC Float 322
QC Mixed 305
70% 308 Pts
MC Int 301
MC Float 325
MC Mixed 309
47% 312 Pts
Poor: 63%
This bench: 63.5%
Great: 87%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390-$304
CLim: 1040 MHz, MLim: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 16.6
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
57.9% Above average
Lighting 159
Reflection 130
Parallax 214
55% 168 fps
MRender 117
Gravity 151
Splatting 162
60% 143 fps
Poor: 57%
This bench: 57.9%
Great: 71%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Spcc Solid State Disk 240GB
17GB free
Firmware: O0918B Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (86th percentile)
84.8% Excellent
Read 503
Write 354
Mixed 417
94% 425 MB/s
4K Read 31.2
4K Write 87.1
4K Mixed 22.9
123% 47.1 MB/s
DQ Read 32.5
DQ Write 279
DQ Mixed 23.3
57% 112 MB/s
Poor: 47%
This bench: 84.8%
Great: 94%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$41
579GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (33rd percentile)
81.7% Excellent
Read 160
Write 125
Mixed 123
102% 136 MB/s
4K Read 0.57
4K Write 1.84
4K Mixed 0.21
81% 0.87 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 81.7%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
69.1% Good
MC Read 22.8
MC Write 27.9
MC Mixed 22.7
70% 24.5 GB/s
SC Read 15
SC Write 27.5
SC Mixed 19.7
59% 20.7 GB/s
Latency 73.7
54% 73.7 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 69.1%
Great: 104%
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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 2,390 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $131

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,073
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