MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK (MS-7966)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 57%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (71st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 29 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 95%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
Graphics54% is a reasonable 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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)
Boot Drive105% 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.
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.
SystemMSI MS-7966
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK (MS-7966)  (all builds)
Memory27.2 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.7 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors, 3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20171206
Uptime0 Days
Run DateJul 19 '19 at 04:27
Run Duration135 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing above expectations (71st percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700K-$275
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Performing way above expectations (98th percentile)
95% Outstanding
Memory 94
1-Core 139
2-Core 276
96% 170 Pts
4-Core 517
8-Core 757
82% 637 Pts
64-Core 755
51% 755 Pts
Poor: 72%
This bench: 95%
Great: 94%
Graphics Cards Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Intel HD 530 (Desktop Skylake)
MSI(1462 7966) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 25.20.100.6373
Performing way above expectations (95th percentile)
7.06% Terrible
Lighting 8.3
Reflection 12
Parallax 8.38
7% 9.57 fps
MRender 12
Gravity 7.47
Splatting 16.6
7% 12 fps
Poor: 4%
This bench: 7.06%
Great: 7%
AMD RX 580-$185
XFX(1682 9580) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1366 MHz, MLim: 2100 MHz, Ram: 8GB, Driver: 19.7.1
Performing below potential (71st percentile) - GPU OC Guide
54% Above average
Lighting 67.1
Reflection 69.6
Parallax 86
55% 74.2 fps
MRender 71.9
Gravity 69.4
Splatting 58.9
42% 66.7 fps
Poor: 46%
This bench: 54%
Great: 58%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
OCZ Trion 150 960GB-$400
771GB free (System drive)
Firmware: SAFZ12.2
SusWrite @10s intervals: 474 469 323 202 255 284 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (99th percentile)
105% Outstanding
Read 514
Write 497
Mixed 358
SusWrite 334
96% 426 MB/s
4K Read 32.3
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 42.8
160% 60.6 MB/s
DQ Read 347
DQ Write 325
DQ Mixed 195
185% 289 MB/s
Poor: 64%
This bench: 105%
Great: 102%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
164GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 99 99 99 99 101 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (14th percentile)
64.1% Good
Read 124
Write 89.2
Mixed 72.7
SusWrite 99.5
71% 96.2 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
236% 1.67 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 64.1%
Great: 108%
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
74GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 146 147 149 150 149 149 MB/s
Performing below expectations (36th percentile)
77.4% Very good
Read 121
Write 112
Mixed 81.8
SusWrite 148
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.2
221% 1.6 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 77.4%
Great: 108%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666 C16 2x16GB-$115
2 of 4 slots used
32GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2667 MHz
Performing above expectations (81st percentile)
86.8% Excellent
MC Read 31.4
MC Write 33.3
MC Mixed 26.6
87% 30.4 GB/s
SC Read 19.9
SC Write 36.4
SC Mixed 27
79% 27.8 GB/s
Latency 59.9
67% 59.9 ns
Poor: 47%
This bench: 86.8%
Great: 95%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING M9 ACK (MS-7966) Builds (Compare 144 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK (MS-7966)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $865
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