MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)

Performance Results

 
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing as expected (47th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 53 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. Additionally this processor can handle very light workstation, and even some very light server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 67.6%, this CPU's suitability for 3D gaming is above average.
Graphics49.6% 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)
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-7978
MotherboardMSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978)  (all builds)
Memory24.8 GB free of 32 GB @ 2.1 GHz
Display3840 x 2160 - 32 Bit colores
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20180704
Uptime0.1 Days
Run DateJun 03 '21 at 20:46
Run Duration224 Seconds
Run User ESP-User
Background CPU7%

 PC Performing as expected (47th 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-$350
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Performing way below expectations (13th percentile)
67.6% Good
Memory 84
1-Core 62.4
2-Core 90.9
53% 79.1 Pts
4-Core 276
8-Core 522
50% 399 Pts
64-Core 485
32% 485 Pts
Poor: 63%
This bench: 67.6%
Great: 84%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Nvidia GTX 970-$340
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 466.47
Performing below potential (53rd percentile) - GPU OC Guide
49.6% Average
Lighting 61.2
Reflection 66.9
Parallax 59.8
50% 62.6 fps
MRender 65.7
Gravity 60.9
Splatting 52.3
50% 59.6 fps
Poor: 44%
This bench: 49.6%
Great: 56%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
HyperX Savage 240GB-$120
69GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 00.r
SusWrite @10s intervals: 289 212 250 310 124 347 MB/s
Relative performance n/a - sequential bench incomplete - Ensure that this drive is connected to a SATA 3.0 port with a SATA 3.0 cable
Write 101
Mixed 285
SusWrite 255
50% 214 MB/s
4K Read 26.4
4K Write 82.2
4K Mixed 30.8
123% 46.5 MB/s
DQ Read 339
DQ Write 320
DQ Mixed 68
123% 242 MB/s
Poor: 53% Great: 111%
Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB-$78
403GB free
Firmware: 2B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 924 1308 799 794 794 794 MB/s
Performing below expectations (40th percentile)
285% Outstanding
Read 2,312
Write 1,695
Mixed 1,318
SusWrite 902
347% 1,557 MB/s
4K Read 65.6
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 90.4
302% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 1145
DQ Write 814
DQ Mixed 962
723% 974 MB/s
Poor: 193%
This bench: 285%
Great: 335%
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB-$58
316GB free
Firmware: CC25
SusWrite @10s intervals: 104 114 115 115 115 115 MB/s
Performing below expectations (22nd percentile)
73.8% Very good
Read 144
Write 114
Mixed 74.7
SusWrite 113
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
141% 1.03 MB/s
Poor: 49%
This bench: 73.8%
Great: 115%
Seagate Expansion+ 2TB
785GB free
Firmware: 9300
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 95 95 95 99 102 MB/s
Performing as expected (49th percentile)
50.1% Above average
Read 76.6
Write 122
Mixed 82.2
SusWrite 97.5
70% 94.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 0.6
150% 1.4 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 50.1%
Great: 68%
General USB Flash Disk 16GB
15GB free, PID 1000
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2.5 8.1 8.8 8 8.8 7.8 MB/s
Performing way below expectations (19th percentile)
3.7% Terrible
Read 12.9
Write 6.9
Mixed 4.2
SusWrite 7.3
10% 7.82 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
4% 0.33 MB/s
Poor: 4%
This bench: 3.7%
Great: 16%
TOSHIBA External USB 3.0 500GB
17GB free, PID a00e
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 99 100 104 105 103 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (86th percentile)
41.5% Average
Read 96.6
Write 97.1
Mixed 35.7
SusWrite 101
110% 82.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
80% 0.93 MB/s
Poor: 10%
This bench: 41.5%
Great: 45%
WD Elements 25A2 1TB
301GB free, PID 25a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 108 107 108 108 108 MB/s
Performing way above expectations (89th percentile)
54.4% Above average
Read 135
Write 112
Mixed 89.9
SusWrite 106
146% 111 MB/s
4K Read 2.3
4K Write 3.6
4K Mixed 0.6
151% 2.17 MB/s
Poor: 15%
This bench: 54.4%
Great: 62%
TOSHIBA TransMemory 64GB
18GB free, PID 6544
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.2 5.8 4.8 4.8 4.9 5.1 MB/s
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
7.34% Terrible
Read 33.7
Write 6.7
Mixed 15.7
SusWrite 5.1
17% 15.3 MB/s
4K Read 5.7
4K Write 0
4K Mixed 0
21% 1.9 MB/s
Poor: 5%
This bench: 7.34%
Great: 9%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Unknown F4-2400C15-8GVR 04CD F4-2400C15-8GVR 04CD F4-2400C15-8GVR 04CD F4-2400C15-8GVR 32GB
2133, 2133, 2133, 2133 MHz
8192, 8192, 8192, 8192 MB
Performing below expectations (29th percentile)
70.9% Very good
MC Read 25.4
MC Write 28.4
MC Mixed 22.8
73% 25.5 GB/s
SC Read 10.9
SC Write 25.7
SC Mixed 22.1
56% 19.6 GB/s
Latency 73.4
54% 73.4 ns
Poor: 69%
This bench: 70.9%
Great: 85%

 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 3,486 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M3 (MS-7978) - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $932
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