MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 3%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 33%
Sail boat
Workstation
Workstation 3%
Tree trunk
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (5th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 95 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 relatively low single core score, this CPU can handle email, light web browsing and basic audio/video playback, but it will struggle to handle CPU intensive tasks. Finally, with a gaming score of 38.4%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is poor.
Graphics1.87% is too low to play 3D games or use CAD packages. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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 8.1 is the second most recent version of Windows but it's worth upgrading to Windows 10 which has had several improvements made to the user interface including a better homescreen.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory10.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 8.1
BIOS Date20150715
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateJul 10 '21 at 13:45
Run Duration150 Seconds
Run User CZE-User
Background CPU10%

 PC Performing way below expectations (5th 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-$306
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
38.4% Below average
Memory 61.7
1-Core 24.4
2-Core 47.8
32% 44.6 Pts
4-Core 84.4
8-Core 129
14% 107 Pts
64-Core 126
8% 126 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 38.4%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Intel HD 530 (Desktop Skylake)
MSI(1462 7977) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 21.20.16.4534
Performing way below expectations (0th percentile)
1.87% Terrible
Lighting 2.3
Reflection 3
Parallax 2.5
2% 2.6 fps
MRender 3.5
Gravity 2.1
Splatting 3.6
2% 3.07 fps
Poor: 3%
This bench: 1.87%
Great: 6%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB-$290
31GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 1,676
Write 919
Mixed 687
240% 1,094 MB/s
4K Read 36.1
4K Write 53.2
4K Mixed 37.7
131% 42.3 MB/s
DQ Read 156
DQ Write 274
DQ Mixed 299
203% 243 MB/s
Poor: 131% Great: 239%
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB-$130
5GB free
Firmware: 1AA01118
SusWrite @10s intervals: 67 69 66 64 67 63 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
35.5% Below average
Read 57.3
Write 65
Mixed 49.5
SusWrite 66.1
44% 59.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.8
147% 1.1 MB/s
Poor: 30%
This bench: 35.5%
Great: 63%
Seagate Constellation CS 3TB
11GB free
Firmware: CN02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 86 88 86 85 80 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
51.4% Above average
Read 93.3
Write 94
Mixed 68.5
SusWrite 85.6
63% 85.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
161% 1.1 MB/s
Poor: 59%
This bench: 51.4%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2400 C12 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
46% Average
MC Read 17.2
MC Write 16.3
MC Mixed 19.5
50% 17.7 GB/s
SC Read 6.3
SC Write 9.6
SC Mixed 8.2
23% 8.03 GB/s
Latency 123
33% 123 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 46%
Great: 90%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 7,983 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,014
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