Average Bench: 80.9% (76th of 1015)

more Based on 21,319 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

Very good average bench

The WD Black 500GB (2012) averaged just 19.0% 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 58.1%. 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 81.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 133MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,319 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.3 Read 149 197
81.1 Write 136 176
49.1 Mixed 81.6 108
66.9 SusWrite 133 183
91.6% 125 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 1.16 1.5
0.7 4K Write 2.51 3.1
0.6 4K Mixed 1.03 1.2
210% 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: 177 180 180 182 182 180 MB/s
Read 173
Write 160
Mixed 78.4
SusWrite 180
108% 148 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
243% 1.83 MB/s
351GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 162 163 163 162 159 MB/s
Read 157
Write 148
Mixed 92.6
SusWrite 161
103% 140 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 3
4K Mixed 1.2
247% 1.87 MB/s
363GB free
Firmware: 01.01A01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 154 156 157 157 157 157 MB/s
Read 155
Write 154
Mixed 94.3
SusWrite 157
103% 140 MB/s
4K Read 2.3
4K Write 3.2
4K Mixed 1.1
277% 2.2 MB/s
85GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 179 182 182 182 181 184 MB/s
Read 128
Write 119
Mixed 80.3
SusWrite 182
93% 127 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.1
207% 1.57 MB/s
264GB free
Firmware: 01.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 126 127 126 128 128 128 MB/s
Read 157
Write 142
Mixed 103
SusWrite 127
98% 132 MB/s
4K Read 1.4
4K Write 2.8
4K Mixed 1.2
244% 1.8 MB/s
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Typical Black 500GB (2012) Builds (Compare 36,974 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 2%
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Desktop 64%
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Workstation
Workstation 2%
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Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $332

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