Average Bench: 36.8% (577th of 984)

Based on 10,331 user benchmarks.  Model: SAMSUNG HD501LJ

Poor average bench

The Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB averaged 63.2% 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 1.17MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB is 20.6%. 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 61.4MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 66.6MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 10,331 samples)
Min Avg Max
38.8 Read 61.4 78.1
43.8 Write 66.6 84
28.8 Mixed 57.5 79.6
46.4% 61.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.27 4K Read 0.49 0.67
0.65 4K Write 1.17 1.66
0.22 4K Mixed 0.32 0.41
77.6% 0.66 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
466GB free
Firmware: CR100-12 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 80
Write 84.6
Mixed 80
61% 81.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.66
4K Write 1.71
4K Mixed 0.38
101% 0.92 MB/s
466GB free
Firmware: CR100-12 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 79
Write 85.5
Mixed 79.6
61% 81.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.66
4K Write 1.74
4K Mixed 0.43
107% 0.94 MB/s
316GB free
Firmware: CR100-13 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 71.2
Write 79.4
Mixed 72.3
56% 74.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.59
4K Write 1.37
4K Mixed 0.38
93% 0.78 MB/s
308GB free
Firmware: CR100-13 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 68.8
Write 80.4
Mixed 71.2
55% 73.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.48
4K Write 1.32
4K Mixed 0.36
85% 0.72 MB/s
351GB free
Firmware: CR100-11 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 71.5
Write 75.3
Mixed 74.3
56% 73.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.62
4K Write 1.42
4K Mixed 0.37
94% 0.8 MB/s
170GB free
Firmware: CR100-13 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 40.6
Write 44.7
Mixed 50.4
34% 45.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.46
4K Write 0.55
4K Mixed 0.24
56% 0.42 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,165,540 HDDs tested.


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Typical Spinpoint T166 500GB Builds (Compare 5,026 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 60%
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation 40%
Speed boat

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $742

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