Average Bench: 23% (181st of 639)

more Based on 4,754 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: 11%Average: 23% Great: 41%

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 1.55MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 48.9MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 500GB is 29.2%. 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 51.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,754 samples)
Min Avg Max
23 Read 51.3 100
18.7 Write 48.6 99.5
16.6 Mixed 33.3 57.8
16.7 SusWrite 48.9 97.6
61.1% 45.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.46 0.6
0.4 4K Write 1.55 2.24
0.3 4K Mixed 0.66 0.9
76.9% 0.89 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
141GB free, PID 10a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 95 96 95 95 95 85 MB/s
Read 78.7
Write 81.8
Mixed 51
SusWrite 93.6
104% 76.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.7
94% 1.07 MB/s
84GB free, PID 1078
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 82 83 81 83 83 83 MB/s
Read 89.5
Write 91.8
Mixed 52
SusWrite 82.5
106% 78.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
97% 1.1 MB/s
130GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 66 67 67 67 67 66 MB/s
Read 104
Write 102
Mixed 51
SusWrite 66.7
106% 80.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 0.9
98% 1.13 MB/s
37GB free, PID 1042
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 56 55 55 56 56 56 MB/s
Read 51.5
Write 60.5
Mixed 23.2
SusWrite 55.5
64% 47.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 0.4
4K Mixed 0.3
25% 0.37 MB/s
17GB free, PID 10a8
Operating at USB 2.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 34 35 36 35 37 36 MB/s
Read 38.3
Write 37.5
Mixed 26
SusWrite 35.5
46% 34.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.9
100% 1.13 MB/s
91GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 31 33 32 31 33 33 MB/s
Read 35.2
Write 28.5
Mixed 24.8
SusWrite 32.2
40% 30.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.6
66% 0.77 MB/s
58GB free, PID 1023
Operating at USB 2.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 24 30 34 32 34 32 MB/s
Read 32.2
Write 27.5
Mixed 23.2
SusWrite 31
38% 28.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.5
59% 0.7 MB/s
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