MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (48th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 52 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 94.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics104% 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.
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.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory10.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170418
Uptime6.3 Days
Run DateJan 13 '18 at 06:56
Run Duration134 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing as expected (48th 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-$350
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (50th percentile)
94.2% Outstanding
SC Int 133
SC Float 138
SC Mixed 134
108% 135 Pts
QC Int 446
QC Float 490
QC Mixed 461
106% 466 Pts
MC Int 631
MC Float 739
MC Mixed 684
102% 685 Pts
Poor: 80%
This bench: 94.2%
Great: 110%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$332
CLim: 1999 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 388.71
Performing above expectations (79th percentile)
104% Outstanding
Lighting 332
Reflection 300
Parallax 310
100% 314 fps
MRender 208
Gravity 304
Splatting 233
107% 249 fps
Poor: 79%
This bench: 104%
Great: 109%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$98
268GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (48th percentile)
114% Outstanding
Read 506
Write 413
Mixed 420
99% 446 MB/s
4K Read 45.7
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 44
180% 63.9 MB/s
DQ Read 368
DQ Write 283
DQ Mixed 126
149% 259 MB/s
Poor: 78%
This bench: 114%
Great: 136%
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$63
146GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
108% Outstanding
Read 513
Write 416
Mixed 416
100% 448 MB/s
4K Read 46.5
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 43.6
182% 65 MB/s
DQ Read 46
DQ Write 283
DQ Mixed 105
98% 144 MB/s
Poor: 70%
This bench: 108%
Great: 124%
Samsung 840 Evo 120GB-$138
4GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 66% Great: 109%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 2133 C15 2x8GB-$125
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing below potential (8th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
40.3% Average
MC Read 13.9
MC Write 13.5
MC Mixed 11.5
37% 13 GB/s
SC Read 12
SC Write 15.2
SC Mixed 14
39% 13.7 GB/s
Latency 65.8
61% 65.8 ns
Poor: 39%
This bench: 40.3%
Great: 80%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) Builds (Compare 1,285 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970) - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $953
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