MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 43%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (61st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 39 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 97.1%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics38.7% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive62.7% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait times.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Run History
3 months ago, 12 days ago.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory4.8 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.5 GHz
Display1680 x 1050 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160723
Uptime8.3 Days
Run DateJan 09 '17 at 12:37
Run Duration123 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU9%

 PC Performing above expectations (61st 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 i5-6600K-$210
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (70th percentile)
97.1% Outstanding
SC Int 128
SC Float 137
SC Mixed 131
106% 132 Pts
QC Int 486
QC Float 532
QC Mixed 509
115% 509 Pts
MC Int 463
MC Float 519
MC Mixed 507
74% 496 Pts
Poor: 70%
This bench: 97.1%
Great: 107%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD HD 7950-$290
Sapphire(174B 3000) 3GB
MaxC: 925 MHz, MaxM: 1250 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 16.12.2
Performing as expected (42nd percentile)
38.7% Below average
Lighting 115
Reflection 71.7
Parallax 151
39% 113 fps
MRender 55.5
Gravity 106
Splatting 78.2
31% 79.9 fps
Poor: 31%
This bench: 38.7%
Great: 46%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB-$56
78GB free
Firmware: 583ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
62.7% Good
Read 437
Write 115
Mixed 155
51% 236 MB/s
4K Read 27.2
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 16.3
117% 49 MB/s
DQ Read 83.2
DQ Write 116
DQ Mixed 13.3
34% 70.7 MB/s
Poor: 29%
This bench: 62.7%
Great: 63%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$46
692GB free
Firmware: CC45 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 67% Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C16 1x8GB-$57
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2462 MHz
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
46.9% Average
MC Read 16.3
MC Write 16.2
MC Mixed 13.8
44% 15.4 GB/s
SC Read 13.9
SC Write 16.7
SC Mixed 15.9
44% 15.5 GB/s
Latency 63.9
63% 63.9 ns
Poor: 35%
This bench: 46.9%
Great: 47%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 2,577 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 82%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $102

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $844
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