Average Bench: 23% (171st of 621)

more Based on 2,241 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 77.0% 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 Write Speed 1.5MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 49.4MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 28.9%. 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 0.4MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.18MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,241 samples)
Min Avg Max
26.6 Read 51.8 97.4
21.7 Write 49.4 96.4
9.68 Mixed 41.2 81.3
60% 47.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.25 4K Read 0.4 0.55
0.36 4K Write 1.5 2.14
0.12 4K Mixed 0.18 0.25
58.5% 0.69 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
146GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 78.6
Write 74.3
Mixed 63.5
91% 72.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.46
4K Write 1.83
4K Mixed 0.22
71% 0.84 MB/s
35GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 50.7
Write 60.1
Mixed 74.2
83% 61.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.41
4K Write 1.52
4K Mixed 0.2
60% 0.71 MB/s
210GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 36.5
Write 36.6
Mixed 17.8
37% 30.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.33
4K Write 1.45
4K Mixed 0.15
56% 0.64 MB/s
281GB free, PID 10a2
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 36.8
Write 34
Mixed 26.5
41% 32.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.26
4K Write 1.56
4K Mixed 0.14
59% 0.65 MB/s
105GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 34.3
Write 26.4
Mixed 9.35
27% 23.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.41
4K Write 0.97
4K Mixed 0.17
41% 0.52 MB/s
370GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
Read 31
Write 25
Mixed 14.9
28% 23.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 1.19
4K Mixed 0.13
46% 0.6 MB/s
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Desktop 47%
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Workstation
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $697

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