Average Bench: 37.8% (575th of 1002)

Based on 13,380 user benchmarks.  Model: SAMSUNG HD501LJ

Poor average bench

The Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB averaged 62.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.32MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.19MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB is 21.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Read Speed 63.4MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 68.3MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 13,380 samples)
Min Avg Max
39.6 Read 63.4 79.2
43.8 Write 68.3 84.9
31.3 Mixed 59.6 79.2
47.9% 63.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.23 4K Read 0.5 0.67
0.66 4K Write 1.19 1.72
0.2 4K Mixed 0.32 0.42
78.6% 0.67 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
380GB free
Firmware: CR100-10 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 76.2
Write 78.9
Mixed 75.1
58% 76.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.68
4K Write 1.63
4K Mixed 0.42
105% 0.91 MB/s
263GB free
Firmware: CR100-10 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 67
Write 75
Mixed 66.4
52% 69.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.63
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.42
97% 0.78 MB/s
391GB free
Firmware: CR10 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 70.4
Write 70.1
Mixed 72.6
54% 71 MB/s
4K Read 0.35
4K Write 0.16
4K Mixed 0.31
52% 0.27 MB/s
23GB free
Firmware: CR100-10 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 67.8
Write 70.2
Mixed 38.8
44% 59 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.35
82% 0.71 MB/s
224GB free
Firmware: CR100-12 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 60.7
Write 76.4
Mixed 36.5
43% 57.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.34
83% 0.71 MB/s
113GB free
Firmware: CR100-10 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 47.9
Write 55
Mixed 53.3
39% 52.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 1.13
4K Mixed 0.3
77% 0.66 MB/s
291GB free
Firmware: CR100-12 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 38.5
Write 59.7
Mixed 54.5
38% 50.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.41
4K Write 1.01
4K Mixed 0.26
64% 0.56 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,717,694 HDDs tested.


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Typical Spinpoint T166 500GB Builds (Compare 7,499 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 60%
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 40%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX - $180

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $914

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