Average Bench: 47.4% (351st of 1015)

more Based on 24,516 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 52.5% 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 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.01MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2008) is 36.5%. 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 62.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 78.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 24,516 samples)
Min Avg Max
48.7 Read 86.3 120
45 Write 80.2 113
40 Mixed 62.8 83.5
43 SusWrite 78.7 114
56.9% 77 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.79 1.2
1.4 4K Write 2.01 2.5
0.6 4K Mixed 0.87 1
167% 1.22 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
465GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 127 126 127 128 129 MB/s
Read 126
Write 121
Mixed 91.5
SusWrite 127
86% 117 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
187% 1.4 MB/s
66GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 85 95 98 97 92 MB/s
Read 108
Write 92.3
Mixed 73.3
SusWrite 92.4
68% 91.6 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1.1
213% 1.5 MB/s
388GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 83 87 88 88 88 88 MB/s
Read 94.2
Write 85.4
Mixed 56.9
SusWrite 87
60% 80.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 1
185% 1.33 MB/s
403GB free
Firmware: 05.00K05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 89 89 89 89 89 MB/s
Read 91.6
Write 80.6
Mixed 63.8
SusWrite 88.7
60% 81.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 1
164% 1.03 MB/s
243GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 63 36 58 82 82 80 MB/s
Read 111
Write 102
Mixed 76.8
SusWrite 66.8
66% 89.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
150% 1.03 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 77 86 87 87 87 87 MB/s
Read 88.3
Write 88
Mixed 66
SusWrite 85.3
60% 81.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 1
182% 1.27 MB/s
269GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 73 78 77 78 78 MB/s
Read 80.9
Write 74.9
Mixed 60.3
SusWrite 76.3
54% 73.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
52GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 68 70 70 72 71 70 MB/s
Read 81
Write 77.6
Mixed 61.6
SusWrite 70.2
54% 72.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
167% 1.17 MB/s
52GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 51 55 55 55 55 56 MB/s
Read 54
Write 51.9
Mixed 53
SusWrite 54.6
40% 53.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
168% 1.2 MB/s
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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: $326

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