Average Bench: 83.1% (71st of 1010)

more Based on 7,025 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5003AZEX-00K1GA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K1GA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RKKA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K1G, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RLF, WD5003AZ EX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RLF, WDC WD5003AZEX-00JDH, WDC WD5003AZEX-00JDHA0, WD5003AZEX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00MK2, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K3C, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K1G, WDC WD5003AZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00MK2, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RKK, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K3C

Very good average bench

The WD Black 500GB (2012) averaged just 16.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 500GB (2012) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.48MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.4MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 49.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 130MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,025 samples)
Min Avg Max
104 Read 151 201
95.1 Write 141 180
59.4 Mixed 115 166
64.4 SusWrite 130 181
99.2% 134 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.41 4K Read 0.95 1.4
0.72 4K Write 2.4 3.1
0.17 4K Mixed 0.48 1.2
138% 1.28 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
390GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 154 156 155 155 155 MB/s
Read 177
Write 149
Mixed 102
SusWrite 152
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
226% 1.73 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: 1A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 178 179 178 180 180 180 MB/s
Read 133
Write 124
Mixed 93.8
SusWrite 179
97% 132 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1.1
215% 1.5 MB/s
450GB free
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 149 148 150 150 150 MB/s
Read 151
Write 153
Mixed 93.3
SusWrite 149
100% 136 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.1
240% 1.9 MB/s
250GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 119 127 129 135 129 MB/s
Read 142
Write 139
Mixed 88.6
SusWrite 125
91% 124 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
182% 1.4 MB/s
249GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 97 111 118 118 120 MB/s
Read 146
Write 143
Mixed 81.8
SusWrite 112
89% 121 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.7
168% 1.4 MB/s
170GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 73 105 110 116 117 119 MB/s
Read 124
Write 124
Mixed 81.9
SusWrite 107
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1.2
240% 1.7 MB/s
238GB free
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 112 112 112 107 106 107 MB/s
Read 118
Write 118
Mixed 81.3
SusWrite 109
79% 107 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
211% 1.63 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

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