Average Bench: 47.7% (344th of 1015)

more Based on 21,008 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, WD5001AALS-00LWTA0, 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 52.3% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.05MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2008) is 37.7%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2008) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 62.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 79MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,008 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.3 Read 86.7 123
50.1 Write 82.7 114
38.2 Mixed 62.5 83.5
41.8 SusWrite 79 116
57.4% 77.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.79 1.2
1.36 4K Write 2.05 2.6
0.6 4K Mixed 0.89 1
170% 1.24 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
394GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 122 121 121 120 121 MB/s
Read 133
Write 128
Mixed 81.8
SusWrite 121
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
152% 1.07 MB/s
361GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 105 105 105 104 105 MB/s
Read 97.5
Write 90.4
Mixed 69.3
SusWrite 104
67% 90.3 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.8
176% 1.33 MB/s
403GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 89 90 88 90 90 90 MB/s
Read 91.1
Write 86.8
Mixed 58.6
SusWrite 89.2
60% 81.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
197% 1.5 MB/s
219GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 80 79 80 82 83 83 MB/s
Read 84
Write 86.5
Mixed 63.7
SusWrite 81
58% 78.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.7
146% 1.13 MB/s
381GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 35 35 35 35 35 MB/s
Read 86.4
Write 34.7
Mixed 40
SusWrite 34.9
36% 49 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.7
122% 0.7 MB/s
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Typical Black 500GB (2008) Builds (Compare 27,594 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
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Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $329

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