Average Bench: 230% (61st of 1040)

Based on 16,288 user benchmarks.  Models: WDS500G2X0C-00L350, NVMe WDS500G2X0C-00L3

Outstanding average bench

The WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2018) averaged 130.0% 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 996MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,144MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB (2018) is 115%. 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 766MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 45.7MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 16,288 samples)
Min Avg Max
918 Read 1,726 1,942
816 Write 1,785 2,224
822 Mixed 1,468 1,710
479 SusWrite 766 924
322% 1,436 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.5 4K Read 45.7 49.7
76.6 4K Write 141 190
42.4 4K Mixed 63.5 75.7
225% 83.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
592 DQ Read 1,144 1,621
349 DQ Write 881 1,316
461 DQ Mixed 996 1,381
749% 1,007 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
233GB free
Firmware: 101140WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1241 845 849 850 848 848 MB/s
Read 1,805
Write 2,140
Mixed 1,657
SusWrite 913
367% 1629 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 170
4K Mixed 72.3
255% 96.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,106
DQ Write 751
DQ Mixed 988
721% 948 MB/s
251GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 101200WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 931 439 391 425 509 575 MB/s
Read 1,891
Write 2,004
Mixed 1,621
SusWrite 545
340% 1,515 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 63.6
214% 77.6 MB/s
DQ Read 673
DQ Write 499
DQ Mixed 621
455% 598 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,129,171 SSDs tested.


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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $139

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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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