Average Bench: 55% (253rd of 1015)

Based on 7 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5000AAKX-221CA1, WDC WD5000AAKX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5000AAKX-22ERMA0, WDC WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0
Poor: 41%Average: 55% Great: 90%

Average average bench

The WD WD5000AAKX-221CA1 496GB averaged 44.9% 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 0.61MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.59MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD WD5000AAKX-221CA1 496GB is 48.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD WD5000AAKX-221CA1 496GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 64.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 89.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.2 Read 108 182
69.7 Write 104 173
28.2 Mixed 64.3 114
61 SusWrite 89.2 131
67.2% 91.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.64 1.3
0.24 4K Write 1.59 2.7
0.09 4K Mixed 0.61 1.1
124% 0.95 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
138GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 132 130 131 131 130 131 MB/s
Read 182
Write 173
Mixed 80.8
SusWrite 131
104% 142 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
226% 1.7 MB/s
462GB free
Firmware: 05.C0B.A
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 117 104 119 117 105 MB/s
Read 136
Write 125
Mixed 114
SusWrite 112
90% 121 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
200% 1.57 MB/s
403GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 05.0AG.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 48 63 52 79 109 115 MB/s
Read 114
Write 112
Mixed 71.1
SusWrite 77.6
69% 93.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.7
138% 1.07 MB/s
427GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.01H17
SusWrite @10s intervals: 53 74 59 38 60 81 MB/s
Read 92.8
Write 103
Mixed 68.2
SusWrite 61
60% 81.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
147% 1.07 MB/s
226GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.01H17 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 75.4
Write 76.3
Mixed 30.8
45% 60.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 1.02
4K Mixed 0.37
78% 0.61 MB/s
430GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.01H17
SusWrite @10s intervals: 48 56 72 78 65 72 MB/s
Read 80.8
Write 77
Mixed 54.3
SusWrite 65
51% 69.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.4
83% 0.67 MB/s

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,797,013 HDDs tested.

Typical WD5000AAKX-221CA1 496GB Builds (Compare 5 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 11%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 34%
Sail boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard

System: Acer Shangqi N4610

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 31% - Below average Total price: $70

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