MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 31%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 25%
Surfboard
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 good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 74.3%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics37.7% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot Drive125% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
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 (17%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory13.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1360 x 768 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150902
Uptime5.4 Days
Run DateOct 29 '19 at 19:22
Run Duration140 Seconds
Run User GBR-User
Background CPU 17%

 PC Performing as expected (52nd percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-6500-$197
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
74.3% Very good
Memory 85.5
1-Core 92.7
2-Core 185
72% 121 Pts
4-Core 366
8-Core 368
50% 367 Pts
64-Core 367
25% 367 Pts
Poor: 55%
This bench: 74.3%
Great: 80%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 425.31
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
37.7% Below average
Lighting 48
Reflection 45.8
Parallax 40.3
40% 44.7 fps
MRender 39.5
Gravity 42
Splatting 37.3
24% 39.6 fps
Poor: 32%
This bench: 37.7%
Great: 39%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$140
260GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 327 419 449 462 460 475 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (86th percentile)
125% Outstanding
Read 503
Write 486
Mixed 359
SusWrite 432
100% 445 MB/s
4K Read 44.4
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 60.3
200% 70.1 MB/s
DQ Read 382
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 361
272% 363 MB/s
Poor: 78%
This bench: 125%
Great: 131%
Seagate ST1000VM002-1CT162 1TB
92GB free
Firmware: SC23
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 82 82 82 84 83 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (15th percentile)
56.3% Above average
Read 114
Write 114
Mixed 60
SusWrite 82.2
68% 92.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 0.83 MB/s
Poor: 40%
This bench: 56.3%
Great: 99%
SanDisk 8GB
0GB free, PID 5577
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete
Read 20.5
Write 13
Mixed 14.8
19% 16.1 MB/s
4K Read 4.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 2.4
119% 2.5 MB/s
Poor: 6% Great: 10%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2133 C13 2x8GB-$65
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
41.9% Average
MC Read 14.4
MC Write 14.6
MC Mixed 12.8
40% 13.9 GB/s
SC Read 10
SC Write 14.9
SC Mixed 14.9
38% 13.3 GB/s
Latency 71.6
56% 71.6 ns
Poor: 48%
This bench: 41.9%
Great: 79%

 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 2,729 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z170-A PRO (MS-7971) - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $765
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