Average Bench: 33.8% (640th of 1015)

Based on 139 user benchmarks.  Model: WD Elements

Poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 66.2% 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 0.52MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.42MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 48.5%. 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 42.4MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 56.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 139 samples)
Min Avg Max
21.5 Read 59 110
18.2 Write 56.7 106
18.5 Mixed 42.4 89.6
11.5 SusWrite 57.3 111
39.8% 53.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.54 0.6
0.33 4K Write 1.42 2.1
0.12 4K Mixed 0.52 0.8
107% 0.83 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
119GB free
Firmware: 8102
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 104 104 103 103 93 MB/s
Read 97.5
Write 103
Mixed 60.5
SusWrite 101
66% 90.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
143% 1.03 MB/s
54GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 75 61 54 73 79 69 MB/s
Read 62.8
Write 64.3
Mixed 26.9
SusWrite 68.4
40% 55.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.5
100% 0.77 MB/s
27GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 61 56 63 63 61 MB/s
Read 60.4
Write 59.5
Mixed 39.5
SusWrite 60.1
40% 54.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.5
4K Mixed 0.4
74% 0.47 MB/s
300GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 41 40 41 41 41 41 MB/s
Read 35.8
Write 40
Mixed 32.8
SusWrite 41
28% 37.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 0.5
102% 0.8 MB/s
65GB free
Firmware: 8101
SusWrite @10s intervals: 10 9 9.6 9.8 9.5 9.4 MB/s
Read 8.2
Write 10.2
Mixed 8
SusWrite 9.5
7% 8.98 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.1
4K Mixed 0.1
17% 0.1 MB/s
164GB free
Firmware: 8102
SusWrite @10s intervals: 5.9 6.3 6.4 6.6 7.6 7.1 MB/s
Read 7.3
Write 3.5
Mixed 6
SusWrite 6.6
4% 5.85 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.2
4K Mixed 0.1
19% 0.13 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,306,652 HDDs tested.

Typical Elements 500GB Builds (Compare 7,851 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $952

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