Average Bench: 78.7% (85th of 1015)

more Based on 12,047 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-00S3DA0, WDC WD5003AZEX-00K3C

Good average bench

The WD Black 500GB (2012) averaged 21.3% 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

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 59.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black 500GB (2012) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 82.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 127MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,047 samples)
Min Avg Max
87.5 Read 147 195
77.4 Write 136 177
45.5 Mixed 82.2 110
56.7 SusWrite 127 177
90.4% 123 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 1.16 1.5
0.7 4K Write 2.48 3.2
0.5 4K Mixed 1.03 1.2
208% 1.55 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: 175 178 178 181 181 177 MB/s
Read 188
Write 179
Mixed 114
SusWrite 178
121% 165 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.1
242% 1.93 MB/s
23GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 173 175 175 176 174 174 MB/s
Read 188
Write 160
Mixed 111
SusWrite 174
116% 158 MB/s
4K Read 1.9
4K Write 3.3
4K Mixed 1.2
274% 2.13 MB/s
390GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 53 93 109 116 108 117 MB/s
Read 183
Write 153
Mixed 112
SusWrite 99.3
101% 137 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
227% 1.67 MB/s
56GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 138 141 140 138 139 MB/s
Read 140
Write 136
Mixed 82.9
SusWrite 139
91% 124 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1
211% 1.67 MB/s
73GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 145 144 144 152 147 MB/s
Read 130
Write 126
Mixed 76.3
SusWrite 140
87% 118 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.2
244% 1.8 MB/s
215GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 88 88 71 106 110 112 MB/s
Read 126
Write 135
Mixed 65
SusWrite 95.9
77% 105 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1.1
191% 1.23 MB/s
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Typical Black 500GB (2012) Builds (Compare 50,553 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 33%
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Desktop
Desktop 60%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 24%
Surfboard

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $414

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