Average Bench: 36.8% (603rd of 1010)

Based on 14,758 user benchmarks.  Model: SAMSUNG HD501LJ

Poor average bench

The Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB averaged 63.1% 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 0.47MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.55MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB is 20.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 59.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 52.9MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 14,758 samples)
Min Avg Max
40.6 Read 63.2 78.7
30.8 Write 65.9 84.5
26.3 Mixed 52.9 78.6
35.1 SusWrite 59.7 79.1
44.7% 60.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.33 4K Read 0.55 0.7
0.71 4K Write 1.2 1.74
0.24 4K Mixed 0.47 0.9
97.6% 0.74 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
379GB free
Firmware: CR100-10
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 73 73 74 74 74 MB/s
Read 63.8
Write 79.2
Mixed 45.5
SusWrite 73.8
48% 65.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
131% 0.9 MB/s
294GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CR10
SusWrite @10s intervals: 67 64 72 71 70 76 MB/s
Read 58.8
Write 52.7
Mixed 40.3
SusWrite 69.8
41% 55.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.8
132% 0.83 MB/s
60GB free
Firmware: CR100-10
SusWrite @10s intervals: 46 44 43 44 44 44 MB/s
Read 70
Write 75.5
Mixed 49
SusWrite 44.3
44% 59.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.6
114% 0.8 MB/s
279GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CR100-11
SusWrite @10s intervals: 44 49 38 47 49 52 MB/s
Read 36.2
Write 57
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 46.5
31% 42 MB/s
4K Read 0.3
4K Write 1
4K Mixed 0.5
87% 0.6 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 10,050,342 HDDs tested.


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Typical Spinpoint T166 500GB Builds (Compare 24,176 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 12%
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Desktop 58%
Workstation 23%

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $368

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