Average Bench: 34.9% (599th of 1014)

Based on 27,332 user benchmarks.  Model: SAMSUNG HD501LJ

Poor average bench

The Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB averaged 65.1% 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 0.71MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.61MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB is 23.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 41.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 60.5MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 27,332 samples)
Min Avg Max
30.6 Read 60.8 79.7
25.1 Write 61 85.6
21.8 Mixed 41.2 52
33.3 SusWrite 60.5 80.4
41.1% 55.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.61 0.7
0.6 4K Write 1.21 1.9
0.5 4K Mixed 0.71 0.9
126% 0.84 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
403GB free
Firmware: CR100-13
SusWrite @10s intervals: 77 77 77 78 78 76 MB/s
Read 64.2
Write 75.7
Mixed 47.3
SusWrite 77.1
49% 66.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.7
131% 0.9 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: CR100-11
SusWrite @10s intervals: 51 51 51 51 52 52 MB/s
Read 54.3
Write 62
Mixed 42.5
SusWrite 51.2
39% 52.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.6
118% 0.83 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: CR100-11
SusWrite @10s intervals: 52 51 51 52 52 52 MB/s
Read 53.5
Write 63.3
Mixed 42.5
SusWrite 51.5
39% 52.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.7
125% 0.83 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 25,134,552 HDDs tested.


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Typical Spinpoint T166 500GB Builds (Compare 55,850 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 33%
Sail boat
Desktop 60%
Workstation 24%

Disqualified System: bin bin

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $406

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