MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Jet ski
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing below expectations (33rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 67 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 68.6%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is good.
Graphics29.2% 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 Drive73.6% is a good SSD score. This drive enables fast boots, responsive applications and ensures minimum system IO wait 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 (55%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC).
Run History
SystemMSI MS-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory7.9 GB free of 16 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display1920 x 1080 - 32 Bit couleurs
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151218
Uptime3 Days
Run DateMar 21 '18 at 19:00
Run Duration264 Seconds
Run User FRA-User
Background CPU 55%

 PC Performing below expectations (33rd percentile)

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

Processor Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
Intel Core i5-6600K-$175
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Performing below expectations (21st percentile)
68.6% Good
1-Core 101
2-Core 190
69% 145 Pts
4-Core 400
8-Core 375
54% 388 Pts
64-Core 381
26% 381 Pts
Poor: 60%
This bench: 68.6%
Great: 94%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 980-$500
Asus(1043 8518) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.1
Relative performance (0th percentile)
29.2% Poor
Lighting 107
Reflection 110
Parallax 104
28% 107 fps
MRender 90.5
Gravity 103
Splatting 82.9
29% 92.1 fps
Poor: 55%
This bench: 29.2%
Great: 67%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Corsair Force 3 120GB-$109
100GB free
Firmware: 5.03 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing as expected (59th percentile)
48.5% Average
Read 198
Write 103
Mixed 124
31% 142 MB/s
4K Read 21.7
4K Write 96.9
4K Mixed 14.5
103% 44.4 MB/s
DQ Read 99
DQ Write 110
DQ Mixed 28.8
43% 79.4 MB/s
Poor: 33%
This bench: 48.5%
Great: 61%
HyperX Fury 240GB-$193
71GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 608ABBF0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Performing above expectations (65th percentile)
73.6% Very good
Read 476
Write 206
Mixed 316
73% 333 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 95.5
4K Mixed 21.6
111% 46.2 MB/s
DQ Read 180
DQ Write 233
DQ Mixed 61.4
87% 158 MB/s
Poor: 55%
This bench: 73.6%
Great: 83%
WD Green 1TB (2010)-$53
95GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Performing as expected (41st percentile)
42.4% Average
Read 82.1
Write 65.6
Mixed 62.9
53% 70.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 1.06
4K Mixed 0.15
57% 0.56 MB/s
Poor: 27%
This bench: 42.4%
Great: 60%
Generic STORAGE DEVICE 64GB
58GB free, PID 0732
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Performing way below expectations (2nd percentile)
5.87% Terrible
Read 21.6
Write 8.74
Mixed 7.3
13% 12.5 MB/s
4K Read 3.15
4K Write 0.03
4K Mixed 1.17
52% 1.45 MB/s
Poor: 9%
This bench: 5.87%
Great: 46%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4 3000 C15 1x16GB
1 of 4 slots used
16GB DIMM DDR4 clocked @ 2133 MHz
Performing way below expectations (8th percentile)
36.2% Below average
MC Read 13.3
MC Write 12.9
MC Mixed 12
36% 12.7 GB/s
SC Read 8.6
SC Write 9.4
SC Mixed 8.8
26% 8.93 GB/s
Latency 92.3
43% 92.3 ns
Poor: 36%
This bench: 36.2%
Great: 58%
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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 M3 (MS-7978) Builds (Compare 6,463 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $113

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $877
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