MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 48%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 27%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (37th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 63 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 46.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is average.
Graphics27.9% is a below average 3D score (GTX 1070 = 100%). This GPU can handle older games but it will struggle to render recent games at resolutions greater than 1080p. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
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.
Memory12GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's more than sufficient for nearly all games. 12GB 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.
Sub-optimal background CPU (11%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
SystemMSI MS-7A12
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12)  (all builds)
Memory7.5 GB free of 12 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display2715 x 1527 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateAug 12 '19 at 22:15
Run Duration120 Seconds
Run User CAN-User
Background CPU 11%

 PC Performing below expectations (37th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Pentium G4560-$70
U3E1, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (75th percentile)
46.5% Average
1-Core 110
2-Core 196
73% 153 Pts
4-Core 279
8-Core 274
38% 277 Pts
64-Core 261
18% 261 Pts
Poor: 31%
This bench: 46.5%
Great: 48%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 960-$198
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 418.81
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
27.9% Poor
Lighting 114
Reflection 97.6
Parallax 114
29% 108 fps
MRender 65.2
Gravity 102
Splatting 70.5
26% 79.1 fps
Poor: 29%
This bench: 27.9%
Great: 36%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016)-$55
300GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 93 92 90 96 90 105 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (3rd percentile)
56.9% Above average
Read 104
Write 114
Mixed 62.2
SusWrite 94.2
69% 93.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.6
109% 0.8 MB/s
Poor: 62%
This bench: 56.9%
Great: 116%
WD Green 1TB (2011)-$66
8GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 51.0AB51
SusWrite @10s intervals: 84 89 87 95 89 95 MB/s
Performing above expectations (64th percentile)
55.7% Above average
Read 104
Write 91.2
Mixed 70.5
SusWrite 89.8
66% 88.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.5
102% 0.8 MB/s
Poor: 29%
This bench: 55.7%
Great: 70%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown F4-2400C15-8GIS 04CD F4-2400C15-4GIS 12GB
2133, 2133 MHz
8192, 4096 MB
Performing below potential (32nd percentile) - ensure that a dual+ channel XMP BIOS profile is enabled
49.6% Average
MC Read 17.7
MC Write 18.9
MC Mixed 15.1
49% 17.2 GB/s
SC Read 12.4
SC Write 17.1
SC Mixed 13.8
41% 14.4 GB/s
Latency 77.2
52% 77.2 ns
Poor: 40%
This bench: 49.6%
Great: 75%
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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 PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) Builds (Compare 6,357 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON (MS-7A12) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $980
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