Average Bench: 79.3% (86th of 1015)

more Based on 21,688 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5003AZEX-00K1GA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K1GA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RKKA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K1G, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RLF, WD5003AZ EX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RLF, WDC WD5003AZEX-00JDH, WDC WD5003AZEX-00JDHA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RKK, WD5003AZEX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00MK2, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K3C, WD5003AZEX-00RKKA, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K1G, WDC WD5003AZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00MK2, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RKK, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00K3CA0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00MK2A0, WDC WD50 03AZEX-00RLFA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-0053CA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00S3DA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K3C

Good average bench

The WD Black 500GB (2012) averaged 20.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black 500GB (2012) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 1.03MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.16MB/s

Poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 64.7%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 83.1MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 129MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,688 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.7 Read 147 197
72.8 Write 135 173
45.8 Mixed 83.1 109
61.5 SusWrite 129 179
90.6% 123 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 1.16 1.5
1 4K Write 2.55 3.2
0.6 4K Mixed 1.03 1.2
210% 1.58 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
466GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 186 188 188 188 189 182 MB/s
Read 226
Write 159
Mixed 87.8
SusWrite 187
120% 165 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.3
258% 1.9 MB/s
453GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 192 192 193 193 193 192 MB/s
Read 202
Write 188
Mixed 90.1
SusWrite 193
123% 168 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1
212% 1.7 MB/s
396GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 170 170 170 169 171 MB/s
Read 192
Write 161
Mixed 91.4
SusWrite 170
112% 154 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1
216% 1.77 MB/s
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 80.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 169 170 170 165 172 MB/s
Read 179
Write 184
Mixed 108
SusWrite 170
118% 160 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.1
240% 1.9 MB/s
149GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 178 182 183 182 184 182 MB/s
Read 157
Write 59.6
Mixed 76.1
SusWrite 182
87% 119 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 1
180% 1.17 MB/s
170GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 127 128 130 127 129 127 MB/s
Read 177
Write 151
Mixed 99
SusWrite 128
102% 139 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1
218% 1.8 MB/s
433GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 113 113 113 113 113 MB/s
Read 187
Write 185
Mixed 145
SusWrite 113
117% 158 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.3
262% 1.93 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 119 120 121 121 121 122 MB/s
Read 108
Write 112
Mixed 68.3
SusWrite 121
75% 102 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
204% 1.5 MB/s
303GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 12 11 8.2 12 13 19 MB/s
Read 26
Write 27.7
Mixed 26.5
SusWrite 12.4
17% 23.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 0.3
4K Mixed 0
14% 0.17 MB/s
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Gaming 2%
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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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