MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984)

Performance Results

Benchmarks - missing SSD
Gaming
Gaming 34%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 28%
Raft
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing way below expectations (12th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 88 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. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 69.5%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics46.2% 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 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.
Very high background CPU (54%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. How to reduce background CPU.
SystemMSI MS-7984
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984)  (all builds)
Memory7.6 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit colors
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20150714
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateOct 18 '19 at 17:24
Run Duration124 Seconds
Run User AUS-User
Background CPU 54%

 PC Performing way below expectations (12th percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Server
Intel Core i7-6700-$279
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
69.5% Good
Memory 78.9
1-Core 93.2
2-Core 180
69% 117 Pts
4-Core 325
8-Core 470
51% 398 Pts
64-Core 489
33% 489 Pts
Poor: 64%
This bench: 69.5%
Great: 85%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1761 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 417.71
Performing below potential (13th percentile) - GPU OC Guide
46.2% Average
Lighting 57.4
Reflection 63.3
Parallax 55.8
48% 58.9 fps
MRender 58.1
Gravity 57.1
Splatting 49
34% 54.7 fps
Poor: 45%
This bench: 46.2%
Great: 58%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
WD Blue 1TB (2012)-$40
189GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 02.01A02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 19 42 53 40 79 97 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
41.1% Average
Read 88
Write 84.2
Mixed 43.3
SusWrite 55
50% 67.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
158% 1.1 MB/s
Poor: 54%
This bench: 41.1%
Great: 108%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$50
61GB free
Firmware: CC29
SusWrite @10s intervals: 103 104 103 102 101 103 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (17th percentile)
72.1% Very good
Read 148
Write 137
Mixed 77.5
SusWrite 103
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
138% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 56%
This bench: 72.1%
Great: 114%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Kingston 9905625-029.A00G 9905598-009.A00G 16GB
2133, 2133 MHz
8192, 8192 MB
Performing way below expectations (9th percentile)
62.7% Good
MC Read 22.4
MC Write 25.4
MC Mixed 20.5
65% 22.8 GB/s
SC Read 12
SC Write 20.8
SC Mixed 16.4
47% 16.4 GB/s
Latency 82.7
48% 82.7 ns
Poor: 63%
This bench: 62.7%
Great: 81%

 System Memory Latency Ladder

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

Typical Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984) Builds (Compare 1,261 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (MS-7984) - $174

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $983
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