Average Bench: 232% (60th of 1040)

Based on 18,384 user benchmarks.  Models: WDS500G2X0C-00L350, NVMe WDS500G2X0C-00L3

Outstanding average bench

The WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2018) averaged 131.9% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2018) near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 993MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,150MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2018) is 119%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2018) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 767MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 44.6MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 18,384 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,030 Read 1,743 1,945
943 Write 1,825 2242
919 Mixed 1,495 1,714
486 SusWrite 767 925
327% 1,458 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.9 4K Read 44.6 50.5
73 4K Write 145 202
44.1 4K Mixed 64.8 78.3
228% 85 MB/s
Min Avg Max
639 DQ Read 1,150 1,598
204 DQ Write 880 1,285
289 DQ Mixed 993 1,365
749% 1,008 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
425GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 101200WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1072 842 839 844 842 844 MB/s
Read 1,776
Write 1,802
Mixed 1,460
SusWrite 881
332% 1,480 MB/s
4K Read 48
4K Write 172
4K Mixed 70.9
255% 96.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,567
DQ Write 1,138
DQ Mixed 1,174
926% 1293 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 101140WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1110 895 862 858 860 859 MB/s
Read 1,944
Write 2,162
Mixed 1,704
SusWrite 908
378% 1,679 MB/s
4K Read 45.9
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 69.7
246% 93.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1244
DQ Write 980
DQ Mixed 1,123
837% 1,116 MB/s
435GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 101110WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1227 856 850 851 854 854 MB/s
Read 1804
Write 2,009
Mixed 1,582
SusWrite 915
355% 1,578 MB/s
4K Read 45.6
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 63.4
235% 89.7 MB/s
DQ Read 891
DQ Write 548
DQ Mixed 786
568% 742 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,333,039 SSDs tested.


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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

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This is a complete Monster. Faster than the last SSD drive I had. Looks sick with the heatsink as well.

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