Average Bench: 42.8% (33rd of 639)

Based on 518 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 1058 PID 25a3 Model: WD Elements 25A3
Poor: 14%Average: 42.8% Great: 67%

Below average average bench

The WD Elements 25A3 3TB averaged 57.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 97.4MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 25A3 3TB is 52.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Elements 25A3 3TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.86MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 101MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 518 samples)
Min Avg Max
27 Read 101 165
22.9 Write 97.4 161
22.6 Mixed 78.2 125
14.4 SusWrite 96.8 165
126% 93.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.86 1.1
1.29 4K Write 2.2 2.7
0.21 4K Mixed 0.67 1.1
101% 1.24 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
3TB free, PID 25a3
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 172 172 172 172 172 172 MB/s
Read 164
Write 170
Mixed 118
SusWrite 172
212% 156 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1.1
133% 1.63 MB/s
2TB free, PID 25a3
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 156 157 157 157 158 157 MB/s
Read 161
Write 158
Mixed 126
SusWrite 157
204% 150 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
130% 1.57 MB/s
2.5TB free, PID 25a3
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 148 147 147 147 148 148 MB/s
Read 146
Write 145
Mixed 108
SusWrite 148
186% 137 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
99% 1.23 MB/s
156GB free, PID 25a3
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 124 122 125 126 122 122 MB/s
Read 110
Write 112
Mixed 86.3
SusWrite 123
148% 108 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
105% 1.27 MB/s
1.5TB free, PID 25a3
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 19 19 19 20 19 20 MB/s
Read 38.5
Write 38
Mixed 32
SusWrite 19.5
42% 32 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
116% 1.4 MB/s
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