MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 52%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (22nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 78 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 light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 71%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics59.2% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle the majority of recent games but it will struggle with resolutions greater than 1080p at ultra detail levels. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
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.
High background CPU (29%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
2 months ago, 2 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory4.4 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateFeb 19 '17 at 00:02
Run Duration109 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 29%

 PC Performing below expectations (22nd 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 3.6 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (7th percentile)
71% Very good
SC Int 97.9
SC Float 104
SC Mixed 101
81% 101 Pts
QC Int 351
QC Float 378
QC Mixed 362
82% 364 Pts
MC Int 370
MC Float 378
MC Mixed 385
57% 378 Pts
Poor: 70%
This bench: 71%
Great: 107%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB-$219
MaxC: 1974 MHz, MaxM: 2002 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 378.66
Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)
59.2% Above average
Lighting 200
Reflection 160
Parallax 155
54% 172 fps
MRender 140
Gravity 202
Splatting 160
74% 168 fps
Poor: 63%
This bench: 59.2%
Great: 78%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$46
549GB free
Firmware: CC46 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (63rd percentile)
94% Outstanding
Read 172
Write 156
Mixed 157
122% 162 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 1.81
4K Mixed 0.25
84% 0.87 MB/s
Poor: 67%
This bench: 94%
Great: 107%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$47
367GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (23rd percentile)
76.9% Very good
Read 142
Write 126
Mixed 141
103% 136 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 1.78
4K Mixed 0.19
74% 0.82 MB/s
Poor: 63%
This bench: 76.9%
Great: 105%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 1x8GB-$61
1 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (11th percentile)
36.1% Below average
MC Read 12.4
MC Write 12.5
MC Mixed 10.8
34% 11.9 GB/s
SC Read 10.2
SC Write 11
SC Mixed 11.4
31% 10.9 GB/s
Latency 73.2
55% 73.2 ns
Poor: 35%
This bench: 36.1%
Great: 44%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 2,095 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $132

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 94% - Outstanding Total price: $930
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