MSI Z270 TOMAHAWK (MS-7A68)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 78%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (74th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 26 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 moderate workstation, and even light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 103%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding.
Graphics79.2% is a very good 3D score, it's the business. This GPU can handle recent 3D games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load 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
SystemMSI MS-7A68
MotherboardMSI Z270 TOMAHAWK (MS-7A68)  (all builds)
Memory12.3 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1360 x 768 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20161215
Uptime0.5 Days
Run DateApr 15 '17 at 23:27
Run Duration93 Seconds
Run User ZAF-User
Background CPU1%

 PC Performing above expectations (74th 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 i5-7600K-$229
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (81st percentile)
103% Outstanding
SC Int 137
SC Float 146
SC Mixed 141
113% 141 Pts
QC Int 527
QC Float 572
QC Mixed 536
124% 545 Pts
MC Int 523
MC Float 571
MC Mixed 541
82% 545 Pts
Poor: 80%
This bench: 103%
Great: 112%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD R9 290X-$549
MSI(1462 3070) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1080 MHz, MaxM: 1250 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 17.2.1
Performing way above expectations (97th percentile)
79.2% Very good
Lighting 228
Reflection 168
Parallax 301
78% 232 fps
MRender 134
Gravity 190
Splatting 187
74% 170 fps
Poor: 58%
This bench: 79.2%
Great: 79%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Green 2TB (2011)-$75
711GB free
Firmware: 51.0AB51 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing as expected (43rd percentile)
49% Average
Read 91.2
Write 79.6
Mixed 87.6
65% 86.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.49
4K Mixed 0.15
65% 0.71 MB/s
Poor: 35%
This bench: 49%
Great: 67%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown BLS8G4D240FSE.16FBD 859B BLS8G4D240FSE.16FBR2 16GB
2400, 2400 MHz
8192, 8192 MB
Relative performance n/a - insufficient samples
84.6% Excellent
MC Read 30.1
MC Write 32.2
MC Mixed 27.6
86% 30 GB/s
SC Read 18.5
SC Write 32.9
SC Mixed 26.6
74% 26 GB/s
Latency 63.3
63% 63.3 ns
Poor: 79%
This bench: 84.6%
Great: 90%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z270 TOMAHAWK (MS-7A68) Builds (Compare 365 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z270 TOMAHAWK (MS-7A68) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 93% - Outstanding Total price: $962
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