Average Bench: 22.8% (173rd of 622)

more Based on 2,536 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 77.2% 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 1.49MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 49.1MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 27.7%. 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 2,536 samples)
Min Avg Max
26.7 Read 51 96.2
21.7 Write 49.1 94.9
9.65 Mixed 40.3 80.3
59.1% 46.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.25 4K Read 0.4 0.55
0.36 4K Write 1.49 2.15
0.11 4K Mixed 0.18 0.25
58.2% 0.69 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
251GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 96.2
Write 90.4
Mixed 73.1
109% 86.6 MB/s
4K Read 0.42
4K Write 1.79
4K Mixed 0.2
69% 0.8 MB/s
169GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
Read 71.6
Write 61.1
Mixed 58.3
80% 63.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.47
4K Write 1.82
4K Mixed 0.15
69% 0.81 MB/s
85GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 41.4
Write 38.1
Mixed 19.9
40% 33.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 0.67
4K Mixed 0.16
30% 0.44 MB/s
6GB free, PID 1048
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 31.7
Write 24.2
Mixed 27.2
35% 27.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.53
4K Write 1.83
4K Mixed 0.24
72% 0.87 MB/s
16GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 32.9
Write 28.5
Mixed 16.8
32% 26 MB/s
4K Read 0.33
4K Write 1.39
4K Mixed 0.14
53% 0.62 MB/s
319GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
Read 32
Write 25.7
Mixed 8.92
26% 22.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.39
4K Write 1.34
4K Mixed 0.16
52% 0.63 MB/s
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Workstation
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Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 - $88

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $574

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