Average Bench: 79% (85th of 1015)

more Based on 12,876 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 20.9% 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 Read Speed 1.16MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black 500GB (2012) is 56.8%. 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 80.9MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 128MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 12,876 samples)
Min Avg Max
85.4 Read 147 193
78.5 Write 137 178
47 Mixed 80.9 110
61.1 SusWrite 128 180
90.5% 123 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.57 4K Read 1.16 1.5
0.8 4K Write 2.53 3.2
0.5 4K Mixed 1.02 1.2
208% 1.57 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: 184 188 186 188 188 187 MB/s
Read 222
Write 173
Mixed 108
SusWrite 187
126% 172 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1.2
227% 1.63 MB/s
318GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 156 151 154 156 156 154 MB/s
Read 187
Write 163
Mixed 102
SusWrite 155
111% 152 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.3
248% 1.8 MB/s
373GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 167 170 170 171 172 170 MB/s
Read 164
Write 165
Mixed 89
SusWrite 170
108% 147 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.1
224% 1.73 MB/s
380GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 155 157 155 155 156 156 MB/s
Read 166
Write 154
Mixed 92.4
SusWrite 156
104% 142 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
228% 1.73 MB/s
317GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 149 151 151 140 139 MB/s
Read 156
Write 151
Mixed 97.2
SusWrite 145
101% 137 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.1
226% 1.73 MB/s
92GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 51 53 58 54 56 MB/s
Read 156
Write 84.2
Mixed 82.5
SusWrite 54.7
70% 94.2 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 0.8
4K Mixed 0.8
158% 0.97 MB/s
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Typical Black 500GB (2012) Builds (Compare 15,650 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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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: 74% - Very good Total price: $216

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