Average Bench: 31.2% (694th of 1015)

more Based on 1,090 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5000AAKB-00H8A0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-0, WDC WD5000AAKB-00YSA0, WDC WD5000AAKB-22UKA0, WDC WD5000AAKB-00UKA0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-22UKA0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-00YSA0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-00H8A0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-00UKA0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-00H8A, WDC WD5000AAKB-00YSA, WDC WD5000AAKB-00UKA, WDC WD5000AAKB-0, WDC WD50 00AAKB-00UKA, WDC WD5000AAKB-00H8A

Poor average bench

The WD WD5000AAKB-00H8A0 500GB averaged 68.8% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.86MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD WD5000AAKB-00H8A0 500GB is 38.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD WD5000AAKB-00H8A0 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 36.6MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 50.5MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 1,090 samples)
Min Avg Max
7.32 Read 57.7 77.5
5.43 Write 55.2 87.5
9.16 Mixed 36.6 48.9
11.4 SusWrite 50.5 88.8
36.8% 50 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.64 0.8
0.7 4K Write 1.86 2.4
0.4 4K Mixed 0.87 1
158% 1.12 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
417GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 05.04E05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 68 58 49 65 73 72 MB/s
Read 74.2
Write 68
Mixed 45.1
SusWrite 64.2
46% 62.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
179% 1.27 MB/s
335GB free
Firmware: 07.01N01
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 57 57 58 58 59 MB/s
Read 68.6
Write 65.6
Mixed 42.5
SusWrite 57.5
43% 58.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
176% 1.37 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 40,784,190 HDDs tested.

Typical WD5000AAKB-00H8A0 500GB Builds (Compare 451 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 4%
Tree trunk
Desktop 51%
Workstation 4%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Asus M4A785-M

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 65% - Good Total price: $108

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