Average Bench: 48.6% (333rd of 1015)

more Based on 152,744 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5000AAKS-00YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-00E4A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-75YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-40V2B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-41YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-65V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-60Z1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-19V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-00TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-41TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V0A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00Z7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-22TMA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-55V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-65TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V1A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40V2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-41TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-32Z1A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-41YGA1, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-41YGA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60A7B2, WDC WD5000AAKS-00YGA, WD5000AAKS-001CA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40V6A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-402AA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00C8A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00UU3A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-22V1A, WDC WD5000AAKS-42H2B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-7, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V2B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-4, WDC WD5000AAKS-5, WDC WD5000AAKS-6, WDC WD5000AAKS-41YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-22YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00WWP, WDC WD5000AAKS-00D2B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00H2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-007AA, WDC WD5000AAKS-22A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00Z7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-22TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-75V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-32UU3A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-75TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-55A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-42H2B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00E4A, WDC WD5000AAKS-55A7B2, WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00UU3, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00D2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-07TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-08A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00H2B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00Z1A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-402AA, WDC WD5000AAKS-00WWP, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V6A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-55A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-0, WDC WD5000AAKS-402AA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-32WWP, WD5000AAKS-00UU3, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00H2B1, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00M9A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00E4A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-08WWPA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-75V1A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-08V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-32V1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-08WWPA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-65YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-40V6A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-22YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07V0A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-32V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40V6A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V6A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-19V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-60Z1A, WDC WD5000AAKS-00YGA1, WDC WD5000AAKS-40TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-08V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-60YGA1, WDC WD5000AAKS-01TMA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75TMA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-41YGA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V2B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65V0A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60WWPA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65TMA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07YGA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-40YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-75YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-22V1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-60WWPA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-001CA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60YGA1, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V1A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60WWP, WDC WD5000AAKS-75TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-08A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-32TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-55V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-32TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-08V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-32V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-55V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-40TMA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00D2B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00M9A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00C8A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-55A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-00Z7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-07YGA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-75YGA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-32A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-32TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-00UU3A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-41TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-60WWP, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V6A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-08WWP, WDC WD5000AAKS-00H94A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00D2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-00UU3, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00E4A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40V2B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-55YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-75V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22TMA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-32V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-612DY1, WDC WD50 00AAKS-42H2B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40YGA1, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00C8A, WD5000AAKS-00M2B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-55V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-08A7B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-55A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00H2B, WDC WD5000AAKS-65TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-41TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00YGX0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-65V0A, WDC WD5000AAKS-65A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22A7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-08WWP, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-40V2B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-32A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-55YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B2, WDC WD5000AAKS-07V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-22A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-007AA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00C8A, WDC WD5000AAKS-65A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00A8B0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00Z7B, WDC WD5000AAKS-65A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60Z1A, WDC WD5000AAKS-22A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22V1A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-08A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-07TMA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22V1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-40YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-40YGA1, WDC WD50 00AAKS-65YGA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-19V0A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00WWPA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-22YGA0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00Z1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-402AA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V0A, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-60YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00A7B, WDC WD50 00AAKS-60Z1A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00H2B1, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40TMA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00M9A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00YGA, WDC WD5000AAKS-00H2B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00A7B0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00A7B2, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00V1A, WDC WD5000AAKS-08V0A0, WDC WD50 00AAKS-40TMA, WDC WD5000AAKS-60A7B, WD5000AAKS-55V0, WDC WD5000AAKS-65YGA, WDC WD50 00AAKS-00WWPA0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00V6A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-00M9A, WDC WD5000AAKS-00L7A0, WD5000AAKS-00L6A0, WDC WD5000AAKS-60A7B2, WDC WD5000AAKS-60A7B0

Below average average bench

The WD Blue 500GB (2008) averaged 51.3% 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 0.81MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.79MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 500GB (2008) is 44.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Blue 500GB (2008) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 56.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 81.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 152,744 samples)
Min Avg Max
41.4 Read 87.4 127
39.6 Write 84.7 122
31.5 Mixed 56.5 73.9
40.2 SusWrite 81.8 123
57.1% 77.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.67 0.8
0.9 4K Write 1.79 2.5
0.4 4K Mixed 0.81 1
151% 1.09 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
211GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 116 114 117 117 113 MB/s
Read 90.6
Write 116
Mixed 50.8
SusWrite 115
68% 93.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.4
102% 0.8 MB/s
220GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 121 121 118 121 119 120 MB/s
Read 77.9
Write 71
Mixed 53.9
SusWrite 120
59% 80.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
172% 1.3 MB/s
284GB free
Firmware: 3B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 83 81 82 80 81 80 MB/s
Read 83.5
Write 84
Mixed 60.4
SusWrite 81.1
57% 77.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
168% 1.23 MB/s
441GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 73 80 75 77 84 86 MB/s
Read 75
Write 66.5
Mixed 55.8
SusWrite 79.2
51% 69.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.4 MB/s
391GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 72 70 74 71 74 MB/s
Read 81.2
Write 84.4
Mixed 54.3
SusWrite 72.6
54% 73.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.8
164% 1.33 MB/s
259GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 12.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 43 54 62 67 76 77 MB/s
Read 68.8
Write 73.5
Mixed 50.5
SusWrite 63.2
47% 64 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.8
155% 1.2 MB/s
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Typical Blue 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%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

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

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 Comments

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Terrible

2 years ago.

Very slow. I think this type is made only to reduce the price.


Poor

19 months ago.

It's extremely slow with read speeds 2-20 MB/s


Average

1 month ago.

It´s pretty bad at this point in time. Not only is it extremely slow, but also does it produce a ton of noise. The only reason I still use it probably is, that Dirt 2.0 didn´t fit on one of my three SSDs. This HDD wasn´t good ten years ago and it´s terrible now. Get an SSD instead. Like the 970 Evo Plus. But it still works, I guess...


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