MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (28th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 72 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 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 89.7%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics98.3% 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.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory11.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160224
Uptime2.6 Days
Run DateMar 04 '17 at 03:42
Run Duration87 Seconds
Run User THA-User
Background CPU5%

 PC Performing below expectations (28th 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 i7-6700K-$295
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
89.7% Excellent
SC Int 127
SC Float 137
SC Mixed 136
106% 133 Pts
QC Int 446
QC Float 434
QC Mixed 419
98% 433 Pts
MC Int 651
MC Float 732
MC Mixed 703
104% 695 Pts
Poor: 81%
This bench: 89.7%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$380
CLim: 2012 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 378.66
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
98.3% Outstanding
Lighting 311
Reflection 299
Parallax 313
94% 308 fps
MRender 202
Gravity 303
Splatting 229
107% 245 fps
Poor: 83%
This bench: 98.3%
Great: 110%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$44
206GB free
Firmware: CC46 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 7200 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (29th percentile)
81.4% Excellent
Read 148
Write 136
Mixed 140
106% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.71
4K Mixed 0.15
73% 0.82 MB/s
Poor: 65%
This bench: 81.4%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB-$140
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below potential (3rd percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
43.2% Average
MC Read 15
MC Write 14.7
MC Mixed 11.8
40% 13.8 GB/s
SC Read 14.3
SC Write 14.7
SC Mixed 14.5
41% 14.5 GB/s
Latency 59.1
68% 59.1 ns
Poor: 54%
This bench: 43.2%
Great: 87%
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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 3,109 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $936
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HDDRAMUSB
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