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WD 500GB Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT 2.5" 7mm Storage Drive

WD Blue 500GB WD5000LPVT 2.5″ 7mm HDD Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specification and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Access Benchmark
  7. Anvil Benchmark
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  10. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  11. Futuremark Benchmarks
  12. Conclusion
  13. View All

WD Blue series 7mm drive would be a comfortable choice for those upgrading their notebook storage. There’s really nothing much to be said, but slimmer 2.5mm drives are 7mm z-axis height. Some 7mm thick drives were reviewed in the past, and there are many uses such installing them on an Ultrabook or pretty decent alternative to installing in a cramped desktop unit.

As usual, performance is what will be observed here.

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The only keyboard here the decrease of the thickness of the notebook drive from the common 9.5mm to 7mm. If its 7mm, it means its a drive one could consider for ultrabooks and certain units where you want to use slimmer drives for whatever reasons you have.

That being said, it’s a 500GB drive with a single platter.  It comes with 8MB Buffer Cache.

The drive is limited to 5400RPM, as one would expect for a “Blue” branded drive.

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I wasn’t able to open the PCB because of one of the Torx screws didn’t have any “edges” for some reason, but it uses the same old trusty Marvell 88i93460TFJ2 and Samsung K4T28163QP-BCE7 buffer chip.

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These drives come with a usable space of 465.8GB.

It gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. It’s always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, WD and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: WD 500GB Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT 2.5” 7mm SATA III Storage Drive
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/ WD Blue AAJS 320GB/ WD 1TB Velociraptor
Power Supply Coolermaster GX450
Chassis Antec Eleven Hundred

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

AS SSD– Read and Write (Pass 3)

ATTO- Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3

Aida64- Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3

Anvil Benchmark- Compressible and Incompressible run each with 4, 16 and 32MB File Size

Boot Load Test- (Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)

CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark- with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size

HDTune Pro- Write and Read Pass 3

PCMark 7- HDD test

PCMark Vantage- HDD Test

Anvil Benchmark- 4/16/32GB File Size in both 0% and 100% Fill test

Although this test is used for SSDs, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive using incompressible data.

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The drive’s 4K runs stand toe-to-toe with Seagate’s Momentus XT ST750XL003 and WD’s Scorpio Black WD750BPKT drive. Read access is a little bit on a higher side.

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WD’s Scorpio Blue WD6400BEVT still has an impressive 4.672 MB/s write access speed, in comparison to 7mm 500GB counterpart which stands with +10MB/s.

With a transfer sizes from 0.5KB through 8192KB and a total length of 256MB, ATTO measures transfer speed throughout the drive’s storage capacity for both reads and write.
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As you can see here, the drive is maxed out from file size 16MB onwards. Maybe- just maybe- if this was a 7200 RPM unit, it could have better results.

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When compared to the already tested drives, WD Scorpio Blue is second to Black WD7500BPKT. Momentus XT 750 does have an upper hand over this drive from 0.5 to 8MB, but that’s about it.

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But when it comes to write speeds, this drive has an advantage over previously reviewed drives all the way through!

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Compressible data

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Incompressible data

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Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off
BOOTLOAD

Ignoring the SSD drives, It’s only both the Momentus XT drives that have the advantage over WD Blue versions. This is where the read-only flash NAND comes in handy- Application loading and Windows boot-up. If WD does the same, it could work much better than what you see now. Still, the 7mm slim drive has over the rest of the drives.


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The strongest point in this drive is the write speed.

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WD Blue series 7mm drive would be a comfortable choice for those upgrading their notebook storage. There’s really nothing much to be said, but slimmer 2.5mm drives are 7mm z-axis height. Some 7mm thick drives were reviewed in the past, and there are many uses such installing them on an Ultrabook or pretty decent alternative to installing in a cramped desktop unit. As usual, performance is what will be observed here. The only keyboard here the decrease of the thickness of the notebook drive from the common 9.5mm to 7mm. If its 7mm, it means its a drive one could…

Review Overview

Performance - 7.5
Storage Space - 7
Overall Value - 9

7.8

BBQ Score

Summary : Well, for faster loading it would be nice to see if WD could have a flash NAND just like Seagate has for Momentus XT series, but when it comes to write, this drive is pretty quick, although an impression is made that the drive’s data throughput maybe somewhat stifled. But to give a fair credit: it’s a 7mm thick drive which can stand somewhat toe-to-toe with WD Scorpio Black and takes more time for loading compared to both the Momentus XT drive. That’s not bad considering its made keeping ultrabooks in mind.

India (online) U.S. U.K.
Rs. 3,233/- $61.17 £45.20

The drive comes with 2 years warranty. It is not too expensive and it does provide good enough space for the price. As slimmer notebooks are sold for a while, you will need to have 7mm slim drives. Of course, as time passes we will see higher capacity 7mm 2.5″ drives. But this is where we are right now. The WD Blue 7mm 2.5″ HDD is recommended as a cost-effective upgrade option. It would be nice to see a spacer bundled with it for those notebooks with larger z-axis storage height.

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