Average Bench: 84.4% (51st of 984)

more Based on 5,686 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 15.6% 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 2.29MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.87MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 41.2%. 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 0.28MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 143MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 5,686 samples)
Min Avg Max
108 Read 151 193
106 Write 143 179
85.9 Mixed 130 165
106% 141 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.32 4K Read 0.87 1.3
0.68 4K Write 2.29 2.95
0.16 4K Mixed 0.28 0.36
109% 1.15 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
372GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 184
Write 159
Mixed 155
125% 166 MB/s
4K Read 0.93
4K Write 2.62
4K Mixed 0.24
114% 1.26 MB/s
384GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 178
Write 159
Mixed 150
122% 162 MB/s
4K Read 0.97
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.32
126% 1.33 MB/s
363GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 173
Write 156
Mixed 144
118% 157 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.09
4K Mixed 0.28
111% 1.12 MB/s
446GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 162
Write 162
Mixed 160
121% 161 MB/s
4K Read 1.12
4K Write 1.75
4K Mixed 0.22
104% 1.03 MB/s
278GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 131
Write 131
Mixed 130
98% 131 MB/s
4K Read 1.25
4K Write 2.28
4K Mixed 0.33
131% 1.29 MB/s
14GB free
Firmware: 0A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 133
Write 117
Mixed 119
92% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.68
4K Write 2.51
4K Mixed 0.28
106% 1.15 MB/s
82GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 111
Write 120
Mixed 126
90% 119 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 2.23
4K Mixed 0.16
71% 0.89 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

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