Average Bench: 47% (366th of 1015)

more Based on 16,048 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2, WDC WD50 01AALS-00F41, WDC WD50 01AALS-00E3A0, WDC WD5001AALS-32E3A0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00L3B, WDC WD50 01AALS-00LWTA0, WDC WD5001AALS-00LWT, WDC WD5001AALS-00LWTA0, WDC WD5001AALS-00E8B0, WDC WD5001AALS-00E3A, WDC WD5001AALS-00J7B, WDC WD5001AALS-00J7B1, WDC WD5001AALS-00J7B0, WDC WD5001AALS-0, WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B, WDC WD50 01AALS-32E3A0, WDC WD5001AALS-00F41A0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00L3B2, WDC WD5001AALS-00F41, WDC WD5001AALS-00L3, WDC WD50 01AALS-00J7B1, WDC WD50 01AALS-00J7B0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00E3A, WD5001AALS-00L3B2, WDC WD50 01AALS-00J7B, WDC WD50 01AALS-00F41A0, WD5001AALS-00L3, WDC WD5001AALS-00E3A0, WDC WD50 01AALS-00LWT

Below average average bench

The WD Black 500GB (2008) averaged 53.0% 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 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.98MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2008) is 39%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2008) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 62.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 78.3MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 16,048 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.5 Read 85 124
47.3 Write 81.1 114
38.8 Mixed 62.6 85.5
43.5 SusWrite 78.3 117
56.7% 76.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.8 1.2
1.26 4K Write 1.98 2.5
0.7 4K Mixed 0.89 1
169% 1.22 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
290GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 113 116 115 116 115 MB/s
Read 115
Write 109
Mixed 93.8
SusWrite 115
80% 108 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
189% 1.37 MB/s
121GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 74 76 77 78 76 MB/s
Read 76.5
Write 73.3
Mixed 58.8
SusWrite 76.2
53% 71.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.8
157% 1.2 MB/s
84GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 76 79 79 79 76 77 MB/s
Read 74.8
Write 72.2
Mixed 60.7
SusWrite 77.7
53% 71.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
170% 1.23 MB/s
115GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 76 75 69 77 24 MB/s
Read 79.1
Write 64.5
Mixed 58.8
SusWrite 65.7
50% 67 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
183% 1.3 MB/s
169GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 56 41 56 54 57 MB/s
Read 86.8
Write 96
Mixed 73.5
SusWrite 53.3
58% 77.4 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
191% 1.4 MB/s
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Desktop 56%
Workstation 22%

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $452

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