MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding HDD
Gaming
Gaming 25%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (50th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 50 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
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 60.1%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics20.1% is a below average 3D score (RTX 2060S = 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 Drive80.4% 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.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (12%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
2 month ago, 1 month ago.
SystemMSI MS-7971
MotherboardMSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971)  (all builds)
Memory4.1 GB free of 8 GB @ 2.4 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20160727
Uptime4.7 Days
Run DateSep 21 '19 at 12:15
Run Duration116 Seconds
Run User HRV-User
Background CPU 12%

 PC Performing as expected (50th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6400-$179
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 2.7 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Performing as expected (47th percentile)
60.1% Good
1-Core 88.6
2-Core 180
63% 134 Pts
4-Core 343
8-Core 349
47% 346 Pts
64-Core 347
23% 347 Pts
Poor: 45%
This bench: 60.1%
Great: 67%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
AMD RX 460-$105
CLim: 1210 MHz, MLim: 1750 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 17.7
Performing way below expectations (18th percentile)
20.1% Poor
Lighting 74.1
Reflection 2.7
Parallax 6.5
20% 27.8 fps
MRender 63.8
Gravity 70
Splatting 77.1
20% 70.3 fps
Poor: 20%
This bench: 20.1%
Great: 24%
Drive Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB-$58
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 0C3J96R9
SusWrite @10s intervals: 275 196 94 79 45 109 MB/s
Performing above expectations (80th percentile)
80.4% Excellent
Read 471
Write 417
Mixed 331
SusWrite 133
76% 338 MB/s
4K Read 29.7
4K Write 82.7
4K Mixed 35.2
134% 49.2 MB/s
DQ Read 284
DQ Write 272
DQ Mixed 133
140% 230 MB/s
Poor: 50%
This bench: 80.4%
Great: 88%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown 2400 C15 Series 2x4GB
2 of 4 slots used
8GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2400 MHz
Performing as expected (54th percentile)
75.1% Very good
MC Read 28.3
MC Write 29.7
MC Mixed 23.2
77% 27.1 GB/s
SC Read 15.5
SC Write 25.9
SC Mixed 20.4
59% 20.6 GB/s
Latency 69.3
58% 69.3 ns
Poor: 41%
This bench: 75.1%
Great: 89%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) Builds (Compare 6,786 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE (MS-7971) - $108

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $903
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