Average Bench: 24.5% (169th of 639)

more Based on 8,440 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
Poor: 12%Average: 24.5% Great: 42%

Very poor average bench

The WD Elements 500GB averaged 75.5% 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 1.6MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 53.1MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 29.5%. 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 0.46MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 55.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,440 samples)
Min Avg Max
25 Read 55.3 102
20.9 Write 53.1 101
18.5 Mixed 35.7 59.7
19.2 SusWrite 52.4 98.4
66% 49.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.46 0.6
0.4 4K Write 1.6 2.3
0.3 4K Mixed 0.67 0.9
78.7% 0.91 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
364GB free, PID 10a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 104 105 105 105 105 103 MB/s
Read 100
Write 103
Mixed 60.3
SusWrite 105
124% 92.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
100% 1.13 MB/s
208GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 98 98 96 93 93 MB/s
Read 100
Write 102
Mixed 58.5
SusWrite 96.1
120% 89.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 1
107% 1.2 MB/s
389GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 92 93 92 93 93 MB/s
Read 87.4
Write 88.4
Mixed 53.5
SusWrite 92.2
109% 80.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
104% 1.17 MB/s
378GB free, PID 10a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 91 83 80 82 90 86 MB/s
Read 85.7
Write 74
Mixed 50
SusWrite 85.4
98% 73.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.7
97% 1.1 MB/s
129GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 69 68 68 68 31 68 MB/s
Read 78.5
Write 81.8
Mixed 47.8
SusWrite 62
90% 67.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.7
84% 0.97 MB/s
31GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 30 36 36 38 38 38 MB/s
Read 37.2
Write 38.8
Mixed 27.1
SusWrite 35.8
47% 34.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.7
100% 1.13 MB/s
158GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 33 35 35 35 34 34 MB/s
Read 34.4
Write 34.9
Mixed 23.8
SusWrite 34
43% 31.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.6
80% 0.9 MB/s
12GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 24 25 27 27 28 28 MB/s
Read 29.6
Write 25.4
Mixed 19.7
SusWrite 26.5
34% 25.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.6
66% 0.77 MB/s
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