MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 51%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Speed boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (58th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 42 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat's whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle light workstation, and even some light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 88.9%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is very good.
Graphics53.7% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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 Drive105% 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 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. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7A12
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)  (all builds)
Memory7 GB free of 16 GB @ 3.2 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors, 1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.5 Days
Run DateJun 15 '21 at 16:24
Run Duration152 Seconds
Run User NZL-User
Background CPU 12%
Watch Gameplay: 1060-3GB + 9600K How to compare your gameplay

 PC Performing as expected (58th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i5-7600K-$229
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
88.9% Excellent
Memory 96.9
1-Core 106
2-Core 247
86% 150 Pts
4-Core 471
8-Core 451
63% 461 Pts
64-Core 479
32% 479 Pts
Poor: 67%
This bench: 88.9%
Great: 94%
Graphics Cards Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1060-3GB-$230
CLim: 1911 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 3GB, Driver: 466.77
Performing below potential (82nd percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (67 fps cap detected)
53.7% Above average
Lighting 65.9
Reflection 66.8
Parallax 62.6
53% 65.1 fps
MRender 67.4
Gravity 67
Splatting 60.8
54% 65.1 fps
Poor: 48%
This bench: 53.7%
Great: 56%
Intel HD 630 (Desktop Kaby Lake)
MSI(1462 7A12) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 27.20.100.8681
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
6.71% Terrible
Lighting 7.4
Reflection 65
Parallax 8.6
6% 27 fps
MRender 8.8
Gravity 9.6
Splatting 0.1
8% 6.17 fps
Poor: 3%
This bench: 6.71%
Great: 6%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Adata Premier SP550 240GB-$74
63GB free (System drive)
Firmware: O0803B5a
SusWrite @10s intervals: 211 121 76 85 71 69 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
105% Outstanding
Read 474
Write 413
Mixed 366
SusWrite 106
76% 340 MB/s
4K Read 42.6
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 63.3
210% 75.5 MB/s
DQ Read 325
DQ Write 325
DQ Mixed 262
214% 304 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 105%
Great: 93%
Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB-$68
486GB free
Firmware: MX4OABB0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 141 141 142 141 140 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
71.7% Very good
Read 110
Write 108
Mixed 37.8
SusWrite 139
72% 98.9 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.6
153% 1.3 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 71.7%
Great: 109%
Seagate Expansion 1.5TB
720GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 35 39 41 41 38 42 MB/s
Performing below expectations (22nd percentile)
22.6% Poor
Read 38.5
Write 40.2
Mixed 33
SusWrite 39.2
28% 37.7 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 0.6
179% 1.63 MB/s
Poor: 14%
This bench: 22.6%
Great: 66%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB-$95
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 3200 MHz
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled: How to enable XMP
58.5% Above average
MC Read 20.4
MC Write 20.6
MC Mixed 18.8
57% 19.9 GB/s
SC Read 13.2
SC Write 17.9
SC Mixed 17.3
46% 16.1 GB/s
Latency 50.6
79% 50.6 ns
Poor: 59%
This bench: 58.5%
Great: 107%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) Builds (Compare 4,728 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $957
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