MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 58%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht
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 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 66.7%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics85.5% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
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 (88%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory9.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 3 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit Farben
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160516
Uptime6.8 Days
Run DateJun 20 '19 at 12:00
Run Duration157 Seconds
Run User DEU-User
Background CPU 88%
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 PC Performing way below expectations (19th 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-$276
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
66.7% Good
Memory 65.7
1-Core 81
2-Core 221
67% 123 Pts
4-Core 364
8-Core 571
60% 468 Pts
64-Core 568
38% 568 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 66.7%
Great: 95%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080-$540
CLim: 1911 MHz, MLim: 2502 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 419.35
Performing below potential (2nd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
85.5% Excellent
Lighting 280
Reflection 294
Parallax 345
74% 306 fps
MRender 194
Gravity 324
Splatting 199
86% 239 fps
Poor: 95%
This bench: 85.5%
Great: 115%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$100
23GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 470
Write 450
Mixed 372
96% 431 MB/s
4K Read 33.9
4K Write 94.1
4K Mixed 45.6
160% 57.9 MB/s
DQ Read 289
DQ Write 336
DQ Mixed 54.2
112% 226 MB/s
Poor: 73% Great: 123%
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$135
218GB free
Firmware: EMT01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 409 407 429 448 460 458 MB/s
Performing below expectations (31st percentile)
106% Outstanding
Read 473
Write 460
Mixed 393
SusWrite 435
99% 440 MB/s
4K Read 40.9
4K Write 92.7
4K Mixed 38.4
160% 57.3 MB/s
DQ Read 206
DQ Write 333
DQ Mixed 236
188% 258 MB/s
Poor: 77%
This bench: 106%
Great: 133%
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB-$130
98GB free
Firmware: 1AA01118
SusWrite @10s intervals: 79 80 83 83 86 84 MB/s
Performing as expected (52nd percentile)
46.5% Average
Read 79
Write 88.3
Mixed 52.3
SusWrite 82.6
56% 75.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
183% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 29%
This bench: 46.5%
Great: 63%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$27
249GB free
Firmware: CC4B
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 114 121 134 136 131 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
71.7% Very good
Read 126
Write 92
Mixed 72.3
SusWrite 125
76% 104 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.7
124% 0.77 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 71.7%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB-$69
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3000 MHz
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
43.5% Average
MC Read 14.3
MC Write 17.6
MC Mixed 14
44% 15.3 GB/s
SC Read 10.6
SC Write 14.2
SC Mixed 15.4
38% 13.4 GB/s
Latency 112
36% 112 ns
Poor: 57%
This bench: 43.5%
Great: 104%

 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 1,908 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $865
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HDDRAMUSB
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