MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (28th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 72 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 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 85.1%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics60.9% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels.
Boot Drive113% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
Memory32GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's far more than any current game requires. 32GB will also allow for large file and system caches, virtual machine hosting, software development, video editing and batch multimedia processing.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (15%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7977
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977)  (all builds)
Memory26.1 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2560 x 1440 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150715
Uptime17.5 Days
Run DateJan 10 '18 at 20:09
Run Duration121 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 15%

 PC Performing below expectations (28th 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-$328
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (33rd percentile)
85.1% Excellent
SC Int 120
SC Float 126
SC Mixed 122
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 404
QC Float 437
QC Mixed 410
94% 417 Pts
MC Int 597
MC Float 689
MC Mixed 653
97% 646 Pts
Poor: 77%
This bench: 85.1%
Great: 103%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980 Ti-$550
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 6GB, Driver: 388.13
Performing below potential (5th percentile) - Disable monitor sync before benchmarking (163 fps cap detected)
60.9% Good
Lighting 163
Reflection 164
Parallax 164
51% 164 fps
MRender 163
Gravity 163
Splatting 163
68% 163 fps
Poor: 61%
This bench: 60.9%
Great: 114%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Samsung 850 Evo 500GB-$121
83GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EMT02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
113% Outstanding
Read 514
Write 409
Mixed 417
99% 447 MB/s
4K Read 43.2
4K Write 86.8
4K Mixed 47.2
172% 59.1 MB/s
DQ Read 373
DQ Write 275
DQ Mixed 120
145% 256 MB/s
Poor: 83%
This bench: 113%
Great: 134%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB-$39
200GB free
Firmware: CC45 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (41st percentile)
81.9% Excellent
Read 145
Write 141
Mixed 136
106% 141 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.66
4K Mixed 0.2
70% 0.75 MB/s
Poor: 51%
This bench: 81.9%
Great: 112%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3200 C16 4x8GB
4 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (14th percentile)
74% Very good
MC Read 25.7
MC Write 28.2
MC Mixed 23.4
74% 25.8 GB/s
SC Read 17.7
SC Write 30
SC Mixed 24.8
69% 24.2 GB/s
Latency 68.3
58% 68.3 ns
Poor: 72%
This bench: 74%
Great: 123%
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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 M5 (MS-7977) Builds (Compare 8,147 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (MS-7977) - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 87% - Excellent Total price: $1,156
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CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $413Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $150Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $290Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $121
Intel Core i7-7700K $300AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $160
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $176SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $74G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $951SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $219SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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