Average Bench: 57% (231st of 1014)

Based on 13 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD5000AAKX-221CA1, WDC WD5000AAKX-00RKKA0, WDC WD5000AAKX-22ERMA0, WDC WD5000AAKX-00CL5A0, WDC WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0
Poor: 42%Average: 57% Great: 88%

Average average bench

The WD WD5000AAKX-221CA1 496GB averaged 43.0% 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 0.76MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.76MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD WD5000AAKX-221CA1 496GB is 46.1%. 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 66.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 92.5MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 13 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.2 Read 109 182
69.7 Write 106 173
28.2 Mixed 66.5 114
61 SusWrite 92.5 150
68.9% 93.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.1 4K Read 0.69 1.3
0.24 4K Write 1.76 2.9
0.09 4K Mixed 0.76 1.2
146% 1.07 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
363GB free
Firmware: 07.A0V.3
SusWrite @10s intervals: 148 150 150 151 151 149 MB/s
Read 156
Write 148
Mixed 97
SusWrite 150
101% 138 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 2.9
4K Mixed 1.2
241% 1.8 MB/s
336GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 86 109 100 107 107 MB/s
Read 102
Write 104
Mixed 55.8
SusWrite 99.4
66% 90.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.7
132% 0.97 MB/s
353GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 81 91 95 96 96 MB/s
Read 99.7
Write 99.6
Mixed 65.5
SusWrite 92.2
66% 89.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
164% 1.17 MB/s
421GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.01H17
SusWrite @10s intervals: 52 65 58 62 90 107 MB/s
Read 116
Write 106
Mixed 69.7
SusWrite 72.4
67% 91 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 1
170% 1.1 MB/s
313GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 60 78 53 92 82 103 MB/s
Read 99
Write 95
Mixed 63
SusWrite 78
62% 83.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
160% 1.13 MB/s
342GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 17.0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 77 71 78 81 81 89 MB/s
Read 94.8
Write 96.3
Mixed 64
SusWrite 79.5
62% 83.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
158% 1.1 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
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