MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 28%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 24%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 19%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (11th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 89 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 an extremely low single core score, this CPU can barely handle email and light web browsing. Finally, with a gaming score of 17.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics59.1% 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 Drive81.7% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait 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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 8 years old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Sub-optimal background CPU (19%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory12.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20160121
Uptime0.2 Days
Run DateApr 13 '17 at 20:45
Run Duration337 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 19%

 PC Performing way below expectations (11th 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-$215
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
17.5% Very poor
SC Int 23.4
SC Float 26
SC Mixed 24.6
20% 24.7 Pts
QC Int 84.8
QC Float 90.4
QC Mixed 90
20% 88.4 Pts
MC Int 85.7
MC Float 90.6
MC Mixed 91.8
13% 89.4 Pts
Poor: 65%
This bench: 17.5%
Great: 87%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$370
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 381.65
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
59.1% Above average
Lighting 117
Reflection 143
Parallax 206
46% 155 fps
MRender 153
Gravity 196
Splatting 124
69% 158 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 59.1%
Great: 73%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$99
140GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
81.7% Excellent
Read 500
Write 404
Mixed 212
82% 372 MB/s
4K Read 32
4K Write 42.7
4K Mixed 26.7
105% 33.8 MB/s
DQ Read 138
DQ Write 86.2
DQ Mixed 53.4
56% 92.7 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 81.7%
Great: 115%
SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB
2GB free, PID 5567
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Performing way below expectations (14th percentile)
5.09% Terrible
Read 17.2
Write 4.07
Mixed 5.93
9% 9.08 MB/s
4K Read 7.11
4K Write 0.01
4K Mixed 0.01
27% 2.38 MB/s
Poor: 5%
This bench: 5.09%
Great: 12%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C16 2x8GB-$138
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
44.6% Average
MC Read 15.3
MC Write 16.6
MC Mixed 20
49% 17.3 GB/s
SC Read 6.2
SC Write 10
SC Mixed 8.6
24% 8.27 GB/s
Latency 173
23% 173 ns
Poor: 43%
This bench: 44.6%
Great: 94%
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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 6,036 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $1,080
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