MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 68%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (46th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 54 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 99.1%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics109% is an outstanding 3D score, it's the bee's knees. This GPU can handle almost all 3D games at very 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (12%). 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)
Memory9.8 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160722
Uptime3.1 Days
Run DateMay 07 '17 at 00:07
Run Duration91 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 12%

 PC Performing as expected (46th 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-$222
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
99.1% Outstanding
SC Int 120
SC Float 135
SC Mixed 134
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 442
QC Float 470
QC Mixed 519
108% 477 Pts
MC Int 486
MC Float 543
MC Mixed 519
77% 516 Pts
Poor: 69%
This bench: 99.1%
Great: 107%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$430
CLim: 2037 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 381.65
Performing way above expectations (92nd percentile)
109% Outstanding
Lighting 340
Reflection 311
Parallax 361
108% 337 fps
MRender 210
Gravity 314
Splatting 241
110% 255 fps
Poor: 79%
This bench: 109%
Great: 111%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD WD10EADX-00TDHB0 1TB
268GB free
Firmware: 77.04D77 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (6th percentile)
33% Below average
Read 63.1
Write 51.8
Mixed 59
44% 57.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.32
4K Write 1.21
4K Mixed 0.19
57% 0.58 MB/s
Poor: 33%
This bench: 33%
Great: 58%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 C16 2x8GB-$58
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
46% Average
MC Read 15.3
MC Write 15.9
MC Mixed 13.7
43% 15 GB/s
SC Read 13.8
SC Write 15.2
SC Mixed 15.2
42% 14.7 GB/s
Latency 57
70% 57 ns
Poor: 46%
This bench: 46%
Great: 88%
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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 6,657 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
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: 80% - Very good Total price: $1,177
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