Average Bench: 48.3% (338th of 1015)

more Based on 176,061 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 WD5000AAKS-42H2B, 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 WD5000AAKS-07N1A0, 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-40YGA0, 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 WD50 00AAKS-00YGA1, 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 51.7% 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 1.74MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 500GB (2008) is 44.6%. 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 56.9MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 80.4MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 176,061 samples)
Min Avg Max
42.2 Read 87.6 126
38.5 Write 83.4 120
34.6 Mixed 56.9 76
32.6 SusWrite 80.4 123
56.8% 77.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.32 4K Read 0.67 0.8
0.8 4K Write 1.74 2.5
0.5 4K Mixed 0.81 1
149% 1.07 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
440GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 84 92 93 94 93 94 MB/s
Read 132
Write 120
Mixed 64.3
SusWrite 91.7
75% 102 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 1
172% 1.1 MB/s
301GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 102 98 106 108 67 MB/s
Read 116
Write 81.9
Mixed 78.3
SusWrite 95.3
69% 93 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.8
155% 1.17 MB/s
100GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 96 97 97 97 97 MB/s
Read 115
Write 106
Mixed 83.2
SusWrite 96.4
74% 100 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
182% 1.37 MB/s
466GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 93 90 93 95 94 MB/s
Read 119
Write 117
Mixed 68.8
SusWrite 92.1
73% 99.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.8
149% 0.97 MB/s
236GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 73 102 103 107 109 MB/s
Read 76.2
Write 59.5
Mixed 45.5
SusWrite 98.8
51% 70 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.9
157% 1.03 MB/s
244GB free
Firmware: 01.03B01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 90 90 90 89 89 MB/s
Read 79.4
Write 78.8
Mixed 53.5
SusWrite 89.5
55% 75.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.8
155% 1.2 MB/s
197GB free
Firmware: 12.01C02
SusWrite @10s intervals: 59 61 61 62 62 61 MB/s
Read 58.9
Write 57.5
Mixed 47.6
SusWrite 61
42% 56.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.7
144% 1.13 MB/s
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Typical Blue 500GB (2008) Builds (Compare 44,243 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop
Desktop 65%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 2%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $327

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 Comments

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Terrible

3 years ago.

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


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Average

12 months 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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