Average Bench: 84.1% (55th of 984)

more Based on 5,761 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 15.8% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.33MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.88MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 41.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.27MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 142MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 5,761 samples)
Min Avg Max
106 Read 151 196
104 Write 142 176
88.4 Mixed 130 163
106% 141 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.33 4K Read 0.88 1.31
0.7 4K Write 2.33 2.93
0.18 4K Mixed 0.27 0.36
110% 1.16 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
417GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 180
Write 157
Mixed 155
123% 164 MB/s
4K Read 0.74
4K Write 2.28
4K Mixed 0.31
108% 1.11 MB/s
252GB free
Firmware: 01.0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 202
Write 126
Mixed 144
118% 158 MB/s
4K Read 0.79
4K Write 2.19
4K Mixed 0.29
106% 1.09 MB/s
429GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 153
Write 156
Mixed 155
116% 154 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.29
4K Mixed 0.34
135% 1.31 MB/s
137GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 138
Write 120
Mixed 119
94% 125 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.37
4K Mixed 0.28
109% 1.15 MB/s
305GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 129
Write 127
Mixed 125
96% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.81
4K Write 2.67
4K Mixed 0.3
116% 1.26 MB/s
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Typical Black 500GB (2012) Builds (Compare 12,482 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 55%
Desktop 54%
Workstation 40%
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $683

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