Average Bench: 76% (99th of 1015)

more Based on 20,548 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-01WERA1, 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 23.9% 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 1.02MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.52MB/s

Poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 62.5%. 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 80.8MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 125MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,548 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.4 Read 140 193
65.9 Write 131 177
48.6 Mixed 80.8 111
50.9 SusWrite 125 179
87.6% 119 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 1.12 1.5
0.8 4K Write 2.52 3.12
0.5 4K Mixed 1.02 1.2
207% 1.56 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
267GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 174 172 172 173 172 173 MB/s
Read 209
Write 163
Mixed 96.7
SusWrite 172
117% 160 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.2
240% 1.73 MB/s
267GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 171 171 171 171 171 169 MB/s
Read 168
Write 167
Mixed 87.7
SusWrite 171
109% 148 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.2
244% 1.8 MB/s
267GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 165 164 166 165 166 164 MB/s
Read 170
Write 153
Mixed 91.3
SusWrite 165
106% 145 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.2
250% 1.87 MB/s
306GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 152 153 150 146 149 149 MB/s
Read 146
Write 141
Mixed 79.8
SusWrite 150
95% 129 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1.1
218% 1.6 MB/s
47GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 120 49 45 35 45 154 MB/s
Read 172
Write 162
Mixed 93.8
SusWrite 74.7
92% 126 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3.1
4K Mixed 1.2
249% 1.9 MB/s
328GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 105 102 101 100 104 102 MB/s
Read 139
Write 134
Mixed 61.8
SusWrite 102
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 0.9
181% 1.47 MB/s
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 96 100 106 103 104 MB/s
Read 119
Write 118
Mixed 79
SusWrite 102
77% 104 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
224% 1.7 MB/s
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Workstation 2%
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