Average Bench: 24% (168th of 639)

more Based on 3,559 user benchmarks.  Devices: VID 1058 PID 10a8, VID 1058 PID 1023, VID 1058 PID 10a2, VID 1058 PID 1078, VID 1058 PID 1048, VID 1058 PID 1042 Models: WD Elements 10A8, WD Elements 1042, WD Elements 1078, WD Elements 1023, WD Elements 10A2, WD Elements 1048

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 75.9% 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 Write Speed 1.47MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 52.6MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 30.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Elements 500GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.41MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.18MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,559 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.4 Read 54.8 99.4
21.5 Write 52.6 98
9.33 Mixed 42.7 82.9
63.1% 50 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.17 4K Read 0.41 0.55
0.34 4K Write 1.47 2.17
0.09 4K Mixed 0.18 0.25
57.6% 0.68 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
423GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 92.3
Write 101
Mixed 91.9
124% 95 MB/s
4K Read 0.49
4K Write 1.85
4K Mixed 0.21
72% 0.85 MB/s
91GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 59.7
Write 70.3
Mixed 46.5
76% 58.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.36
4K Write 1.62
4K Mixed 0.19
63% 0.72 MB/s
121GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 63.5
Write 59.8
Mixed 48.4
72% 57.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.45
4K Write 2.03
4K Mixed 0.16
76% 0.88 MB/s
227GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 49.6
Write 45.2
Mixed 46.4
60% 47 MB/s
4K Read 0.34
4K Write 1.27
4K Mixed 0.1
48% 0.57 MB/s
4GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 35.6
Write 33.8
Mixed 10.5
32% 26.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.34
4K Write 1.32
4K Mixed 0.17
52% 0.61 MB/s
231GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 29
Write 27.1
Mixed 23.7
34% 26.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.35
4K Write 1.32
4K Mixed 0.14
51% 0.61 MB/s
8GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 29.4
Write 23
Mixed 17.6
28% 23.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.34
4K Write 1.24
4K Mixed 0.15
49% 0.58 MB/s
40GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 29.5
Write 21.6
Mixed 16.2
27% 22.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.25
4K Write 1.11
4K Mixed 0.1
42% 0.49 MB/s
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $572

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