MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (20th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 80 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. Use the charts in the benchmark sections of this report to identify problem areas.
ProcessorWith a good single core score, this CPU can easily handle the majority of general computing tasks. Despite its good single core score this processor isn't appropriate for workstation use due to its relatively weak multi-core performance. Finally, with a gaming score of 47.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is average.
Graphics63.3% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive66.6% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system 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 VersionAlthough Windows 7 is still a viable option, it's now 7 years and 8 months old. This system should be upgraded to Windows 10 which is generally faster and has an improved set of core utilities including better versions of explorer and task manager.
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory12.4 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display3440 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 7
BIOS Date20151022
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMar 05 '17 at 07:06
Run Duration117 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU4%

 PC Performing way below expectations (20th 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 i7-6700-$295
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
47.5% Average
SC Int 98.3
SC Float 103
SC Mixed 99
80% 100 Pts
QC Int 228
QC Float 236
QC Mixed 185
49% 216 Pts
MC Int 266
MC Float 302
MC Mixed 271
42% 279 Pts
Poor: 68%
This bench: 47.5%
Great: 89%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 390X-$430
MaxC: 1080 MHz, MaxM: 1500 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 17.2.1
Performing way below expectations (5th percentile)
63.3% Good
Lighting 130
Reflection 168
Parallax 286
59% 195 fps
MRender 136
Gravity 188
Splatting 189
76% 171 fps
Poor: 64%
This bench: 63.3%
Great: 80%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 840 Evo 250GB-$180
89GB free
Firmware: EXT0BB6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing way below expectations (16th percentile)
66.6% Good
Read 509
Write 351
Mixed 345
89% 402 MB/s
4K Read 31.2
4K Write 37.1
4K Mixed 11.5
82% 26.6 MB/s
DQ Read 28
DQ Write 31.9
DQ Mixed 12.3
14% 24.1 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 66.6%
Great: 95%
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB-$108
671GB free
Firmware: 1AQ10001 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing below expectations (34th percentile)
56.8% Above average
Read 97
Write 101
Mixed 119
80% 106 MB/s
4K Read 0.43
4K Write 1.18
4K Mixed 0.24
66% 0.62 MB/s
Poor: 38%
This bench: 56.8%
Great: 77%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C14 2x8GB
2 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (40th percentile)
74% Very good
MC Read 25.2
MC Write 30.7
MC Mixed 24.8
77% 26.9 GB/s
SC Read 12.5
SC Write 24.7
SC Mixed 18.9
53% 18.7 GB/s
Latency 66.5
60% 66.5 ns
Poor: 42%
This bench: 74%
Great: 89%
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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 1,888 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $143

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,009
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