MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 139%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 102%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 87%
Aircraft carrier
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (79th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 21 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 typical workstation, and even moderate server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 112%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics186% is a record breaking 3D score, it's almost off the scale. This GPU can handle all 3D games at very high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive101% 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.
Run History
4 months ago, 4 months ago.
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory14.1 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160724
Uptime0 Days
Run DateMar 18 '17 at 02:14
Run Duration111 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU2%

 PC Performing above expectations (79th 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 i7-6700K-$295
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (100th percentile)
112% Outstanding
SC Int 142
SC Float 150
SC Mixed 146
117% 146 Pts
QC Int 565
QC Float 577
QC Mixed 573
130% 572 Pts
MC Int 727
MC Float 832
MC Mixed 791
117% 783 Pts
Poor: 79%
This bench: 112%
Great: 106%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti-$699
CLim: 2025 MHz, MLim: 2952 MHz, Ram: 11GB, Driver: 378.78
Performing way above expectations (96th percentile)
186% Outstanding
Lighting 610
Reflection 564
Parallax 640
187% 605 fps
MRender 292
Gravity 582
Splatting 309
152% 394 fps
Poor: 53%
This bench: 186%
Great: 185%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB-$413
117GB free
Firmware: EXM03B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (46th percentile)
101% Outstanding
Read 526
Write 217
Mixed 353
80% 365 MB/s
4K Read 37.4
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 41.3
175% 67.2 MB/s
DQ Read 367
DQ Write 248
DQ Mixed 28.2
96% 215 MB/s
Poor: 73%
This bench: 101%
Great: 122%
WD My Book 1230 2TB
1.5TB free, PID 1230
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
49.5% Average
Read 122
Write 122
Mixed 99.7
146% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.87
4K Write 1.66
4K Mixed 0.26
68% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 49.5%
Great: 58%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston HyperX DDR4 2133 C14 4x4GB
4 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
90.9% Outstanding
MC Read 33.2
MC Write 34.9
MC Mixed 27.5
91% 31.9 GB/s
SC Read 20.5
SC Write 38.7
SC Mixed 28.6
84% 29.3 GB/s
Latency 58.4
68% 58.4 ns
Poor: 66%
This bench: 90.9%
Great: 101%
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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 2,555 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 88% - Excellent Total price: $1,050
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