MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 56%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (41st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 59 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 95.6%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics52.8% is a reasonable 3D score (GTX 1070 = 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)
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-7970
MotherboardMSI Z170A TOMAHAWK (MS-7970)  (all builds)
Memory10.5 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20170418
Uptime0 Days
Run DateApr 25 '18 at 00:58
Run Duration142 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU1%

 PC Performing as expected (41st 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 (56th percentile)
95.6% Outstanding
SC Int 134
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 135
109% 136 Pts
QC Int 466
QC Float 461
QC Mixed 469
106% 465 Pts
MC Int 654
MC Float 732
MC Mixed 695
104% 693 Pts
Poor: 80%
This bench: 95.6%
Great: 110%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1070-$310
CLim: 1999 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 391.35
Performing below potential (2nd percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (142 fps cap detected)
52.8% Above average
Lighting 142
Reflection 142
Parallax 142
44% 142 fps
MRender 142
Gravity 142
Splatting 142
59% 142 fps
Poor: 79%
This bench: 52.8%
Great: 109%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB-$63
142GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
118% Outstanding
Read 514
Write 416
Mixed 421
100% 450 MB/s
4K Read 47.6
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 47.8
190% 67.3 MB/s
DQ Read 372
DQ Write 282
DQ Mixed 114
143% 256 MB/s
Poor: 70%
This bench: 118%
Great: 124%
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$98
54GB free
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (55th percentile)
117% Outstanding
Read 515
Write 415
Mixed 422
100% 451 MB/s
4K Read 47.1
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 47.1
187% 66.5 MB/s
DQ Read 362
DQ Write 284
DQ Mixed 122
146% 256 MB/s
Poor: 78%
This bench: 117%
Great: 136%
Samsung 840 Evo 120GB-$138
12GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - RAM cached drive detected
Poor: 65% 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 (7th percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
40.2% Average
MC Read 13.9
MC Write 14.1
MC Mixed 11.8
38% 13.3 GB/s
SC Read 7.2
SC Write 14.2
SC Mixed 14.7
34% 12 GB/s
Latency 65.5
61% 65.5 ns
Poor: 39%
This bench: 40.2%
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 1,284 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: 105% - Outstanding Total price: $935
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