MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop 76%
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (34th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 66 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 71.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics115% 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 Drive34.8% is low SSD score. With a better SSD this system will boot faster, make applications more responsive and reduce IO wait times.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionAlthough Windows 10 is not the most recent version of Windows, it remains a great option.
Sub-optimal background CPU (12%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory24.7 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1600 x 1024 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime11.7 Days
Run DateJun 26 '22 at 13:31
Run Duration235 Seconds
Run User LBN-User
Background CPU 12%
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 PC Performing below expectations (34th percentile)

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

Processor BenchNormalHeavyServer
Intel Core i7-6700-$170
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
71.3% Very good
Memory 79.3
1-Core 96.8
2-Core 189
70% 122 Pts
4-Core 345
8-Core 477
52% 411 Pts
64-Core 512
32% 512 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 71.3%
Great: 80%
Graphics Card Bench3D DX93D DX103D DX11
Nvidia RTX 2080-$270
CLim: 2175 MHz, MLim: 3500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 512.15
Performing below potential (16th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
115% Outstanding
Lighting 148
Reflection 220
Parallax 133
120% 167 fps
MRender 176
Gravity 142
Splatting 120
116% 146 fps
Poor: 109%
This bench: 115%
Great: 134%
Drives BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
Kingston A400 240GB-$28
30GB free (System drive)
Firmware: R0105A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 161 174 62 7.8 73 90 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
34.8% Below average
Read 457
Write 363
Mixed 382
SusWrite 94.7
72% 324 MB/s
4K Read 24.5
4K Write 5.4
4K Mixed 0.4
40% 10.1 MB/s
Poor: 33%
This bench: 34.8%
Great: 100%
WD Blue 2TB (2015)-$69
176GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 102 101 102 103 104 89 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
49.4% Average
Read 71.6
Write 64.3
Mixed 52.4
SusWrite 100
53% 72.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.8
153% 1.13 MB/s
Poor: 40%
This bench: 49.4%
Great: 84%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 1TB
839GB free, PID 0901
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 138 134 137 137 137 135 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
51.7% Above average
Read 139
Write 143
Mixed 19.9
SusWrite 136
143% 109 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.7
46% 0.87 MB/s
Poor: 13%
This bench: 51.7%
Great: 52%
Memory Kit BenchMulti coreSingle coreLatency
Kingston KHX2400C15/16G KHX2666C16/16G 32GB
2400, 2400 MHz
16384, 16384 MB
Performing below potential (32nd percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
74% Very good
MC Read 27.4
MC Write 30.3
MC Mixed 23.4
77% 27 GB/s
SC Read 14.5
SC Write 25.2
SC Mixed 19.7
57% 19.8 GB/s
Latency 81.9
49% 81.9 ns
Poor: 44%
This bench: 74%
Great: 90%

 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 2,353 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming 51%
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $579
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