MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (36th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 64 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 60.4%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics97.9% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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 (32%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
9 months ago, 9 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory10.2 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime13.7 Days
Run DateFeb 27 '18 at 22:42
Run Duration112 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 32%

 PC Performing below expectations (36th 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-$232
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
60.4% Good
SC Int 91
SC Float 96.7
SC Mixed 95
75% 94.2 Pts
QC Int 341
QC Float 354
QC Mixed 290
74% 328 Pts
MC Int 329
MC Float 361
MC Mixed 342
52% 344 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 60.4%
Great: 84%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$310
MSI(1462 3303) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 2037 MHz, MLim: 2027 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 390.77
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
97.9% Outstanding
Lighting 322
Reflection 279
Parallax 295
97% 299 fps
MRender 191
Gravity 281
Splatting 220
99% 230 fps
Poor: 79%
This bench: 97.9%
Great: 109%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$39
811GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CC43 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (66th percentile)
97.9% Outstanding
Read 187
Write 154
Mixed 130
118% 157 MB/s
4K Read 0.64
4K Write 1.41
4K Mixed 0.26
82% 0.77 MB/s
Poor: 45%
This bench: 97.9%
Great: 114%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$45
147GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing below expectations (24th percentile)
71.2% Very good
Read 128
Write 121
Mixed 127
94% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.84
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.26
101% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 71.2%
Great: 109%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
80.8% Excellent
MC Read 30.1
MC Write 31.4
MC Mixed 26.4
84% 29.3 GB/s
SC Read 15.8
SC Write 22.9
SC Mixed 23
59% 20.6 GB/s
Latency 59.9
67% 59.9 ns
Poor: 57%
This bench: 80.8%
Great: 109%
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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 M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 7,686 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $937
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