MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 29%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 23%
Surfboard
Workstation
Workstation 18%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (12th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 88 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 17.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is very poor.
Graphics61% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive53.9% is a reasonable SSD score. This drive enables fast boots and responsive applications.
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 (14%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory13.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170424
Uptime0 Days
Run DateOct 07 '17 at 16:41
Run Duration132 Seconds
Run User SWE-User
Background CPU 14%

 PC Performing way below expectations (12th 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-$225
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (1st percentile)
17.3% Very poor
SC Int 23.5
SC Float 25.6
SC Mixed 24.5
20% 24.5 Pts
QC Int 83.5
QC Float 92.4
QC Mixed 89.2
20% 88.4 Pts
MC Int 81.2
MC Float 90.4
MC Mixed 86.7
13% 86.1 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 17.3%
Great: 87%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$370
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 385.69
Performing below expectations (27th percentile)
61% Good
Lighting 141
Reflection 164
Parallax 199
50% 168 fps
MRender 157
Gravity 194
Splatting 128
69% 159 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 61%
Great: 74%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Intel SSDSCKJW240H6 240GB
167GB free
Firmware: RG11 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
53.9% Above average
Read 473
Write 231
Mixed 306
74% 336 MB/s
4K Read 19.4
4K Write 35.2
4K Mixed 11.7
63% 22.1 MB/s
DQ Read 21.7
DQ Write 84.4
DQ Mixed 44
36% 50 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 53.9%
Great: 84%
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB-$299
55GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (22nd percentile)
69.1% Good
Read 505
Write 427
Mixed 496
106% 476 MB/s
4K Read 20.3
4K Write 37.9
4K Mixed 15.6
71% 24.6 MB/s
DQ Read 23.3
DQ Write 46.7
DQ Mixed 50.8
34% 40.3 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 69.1%
Great: 107%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C16 2x8GB-$153
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
44.2% Average
MC Read 15.2
MC Write 16.4
MC Mixed 19.9
49% 17.2 GB/s
SC Read 6.3
SC Write 9.4
SC Mixed 8.1
23% 7.93 GB/s
Latency 172
23% 172 ns
Poor: 48%
This bench: 44.2%
Great: 95%
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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 2,376 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $131

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 85% - Excellent Total price: $1,080
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