MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (52nd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 48 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 95.3%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics108% 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.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.7 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit Farben
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170424
Uptime1.2 Days
Run DateJan 08 '18 at 21:35
Run Duration95 Seconds
Run User DEU-User
Background CPU6%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd 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 i7-7700K-$300
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
95.3% Outstanding
SC Int 124
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 128
100% 126 Pts
QC Int 436
QC Float 489
QC Mixed 476
106% 467 Pts
MC Int 659
MC Float 768
MC Mixed 721
107% 716 Pts
Poor: 82%
This bench: 95.3%
Great: 109%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$370
CLim: 2012 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing way above expectations (93rd percentile)
108% Outstanding
Lighting 347
Reflection 304
Parallax 344
107% 332 fps
MRender 204
Gravity 313
Splatting 240
108% 252 fps
Poor: 74%
This bench: 108%
Great: 110%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB-$48
689GB free (System drive)
Firmware: MS2OA750 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (61st percentile)
86.7% Excellent
Read 164
Write 138
Mixed 136
110% 146 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 1.82
4K Mixed 0.16
70% 0.8 MB/s
Poor: 33%
This bench: 86.7%
Great: 106%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 DDR4 2400 C15 2x8GB-$156
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (4th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
40.2% Average
MC Read 13.5
MC Write 13.8
MC Mixed 11.6
37% 13 GB/s
SC Read 12.3
SC Write 14.2
SC Mixed 13.9
38% 13.5 GB/s
Latency 65.2
61% 65.2 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 40.2%
Great: 86%
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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 4,240 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 93% - Outstanding Total price: $1,050
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