Average Bench: 204% (83rd of 1058)

Based on 67,350 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WDS500G2B0C-00PXH0, NVMe WDC WDS500G2B0C-, WDC WDS5 00G2B0C-00PXH0

Outstanding average bench

The WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB averaged 104.2% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 871MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,085MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB is 88.5%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the WD Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 444MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 48.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 67,350 samples)
Min Avg Max
933 Read 1,466 1,594
945 Write 1,502 1,697
781 Mixed 1,181 1,337
308 SusWrite 444 513
257% 1,148 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.3 4K Read 48.1 55.2
83.3 4K Write 159 237
47.2 4K Mixed 69.8 83.3
246% 92.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
638 DQ Read 1,085 1,261
342 DQ Write 818 1,165
378 DQ Mixed 871 1,005
673% 924 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
313GB free
Firmware: 211070WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 923 434 434 435 433 434 MB/s
Read 1,595
Write 1677
Mixed 1334
SusWrite 516
287% 1,280 MB/s
4K Read 56
4K Write 213
4K Mixed 84.7
306% 118 MB/s
DQ Read 1,265
DQ Write 1,097
DQ Mixed 1007
802% 1,123 MB/s
423GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 211210WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 811 420 422 430 430 431 MB/s
Read 1717
Write 1,604
Mixed 1,471
SusWrite 490
296% 1,321 MB/s
4K Read 56.1
4K Write 216
4K Mixed 84.6
308% 119 MB/s
DQ Read 1,022
DQ Write 866
DQ Mixed 956
713% 948 MB/s
424GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 211210WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 817 424 432 430 434 434 MB/s
Read 1,598
Write 1,636
Mixed 1,281
SusWrite 495
281% 1,252 MB/s
4K Read 54.6
4K Write 192
4K Mixed 80.4
288% 109 MB/s
DQ Read 1231
DQ Write 953
DQ Mixed 988
768% 1,057 MB/s
173GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 211070WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 876 427 428 407 389 375 MB/s
Read 1,550
Write 1,472
Mixed 1,208
SusWrite 484
264% 1,179 MB/s
4K Read 47.5
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 69.6
242% 89.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,259
DQ Write 1,187
DQ Mixed 1,008
816% 1,151 MB/s
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Typical Blue SN550 NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB Builds (Compare 81,313 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 87%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $109

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $903

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