Average Bench: 34.2% (630th of 1015)

Based on 111 user benchmarks.  Model: WD Elements

Poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 65.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.47MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.45MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 45.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Elements 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 44.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 58MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 111 samples)
Min Avg Max
25.3 Read 60 109
24.2 Write 58.1 106
19.1 Mixed 44.6 92.5
15 SusWrite 58 110
40.8% 55.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.24 4K Read 0.51 0.6
0.37 4K Write 1.45 2.11
0.14 4K Mixed 0.47 0.84
101% 0.81 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
425GB free
Firmware: 8102
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 114 114 114 113 114 MB/s
Read 108
Write 116
Mixed 69.2
SusWrite 114
75% 102 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.8
158% 1.27 MB/s
36GB free
Firmware: 0203
SusWrite @10s intervals: 106 112 112 105 112 112 MB/s
Read 103
Write 97.3
Mixed 53.8
SusWrite 110
66% 90.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
88% 0.53 MB/s
92GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 97 95 97 98 98 99 MB/s
Read 100
Write 102
Mixed 37.2
SusWrite 97.4
61% 84.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
115% 0.9 MB/s
73GB free
Firmware: 8102
SusWrite @10s intervals: 71 73 73 73 73 73 MB/s
Read 70.4
Write 71.6
Mixed 49
SusWrite 72.6
48% 65.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.7
138% 1.1 MB/s
98GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 39 40 41 40 41 41 MB/s
Read 38
Write 38
Mixed 29.5
SusWrite 40.2
27% 36.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
130% 0.97 MB/s
113GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 23 36 33 34 29 26 MB/s
Read 9.6
Write 42.7
Mixed 19.2
SusWrite 30
19% 25.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.2
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.2
40% 0.3 MB/s
88GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 12 11 11 11 11 11 MB/s
Read 26.8
Write 24.7
Mixed 21.9
SusWrite 11.1
16% 21.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
119% 0.93 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,644,510 HDDs tested.

Typical Elements 500GB Builds (Compare 5,509 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 102%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 127% - Outstanding Total price: $868

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