Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: 500 Gb Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Warminster, Wilts
    Posts
    405
    Thanks
    44
    Thanked
    23 times in 18 posts
    • Nemz0r's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock Z75 Pro3
      • CPU:
      • i7 3570k @ 4.5 GHz (+0.2V) w/ ThermalRight Ultima-90i (modified to fit S1155 with a hammer...)
      • Memory:
      • 16 GiB (4x 4GiB) Samsung PC3-10700 (1333) @ PC3-16000 (2000) 9-14-14-36 1.55v
      • Storage:
      • 1x 500 GB Crucial MX200; 1x 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11; 1x 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint T166
      • Graphics card(s):
      • XFX Radeon R9 290 4GiB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX860 80Plus Platinum
      • Case:
      • Antec P180B
      • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
      • Monitor(s):
      • 27" Dell P2715Q
      • Internet:
      • ICUK ADSL2+ ~4 Mbps (sadface)

    500 Gb Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16

    Hi, I've read a nice review on the 750 Gb Western Digital WD7500AAKS Caviar SE16 here. I know some of you don't like Tom's Hardware; but I think it is enough to show that, that drive is top of it's class.

    My question however, is how well do the 500 Gb Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar SE16's fare against, say the Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB? The reason I ask is because currently only the 750Gb WD AAKS drive has NCQ. The 320Gb, 400Gb and 500Gb drives don't. Does it make that much difference? And is the 500Gb WD drive the fastest in it's class, or should I look to something else?

  2. #2
    Efficiency freak Queelis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Posts
    837
    Thanks
    128
    Thanked
    78 times in 72 posts
    • Queelis's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus H81M-A
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 4670K
      • Memory:
      • Corsair 2x4 GB 1333MHz DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Crucial MX200 250GB, Toshiba E300 3TB, WD Green 1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI GeForce 1060 ITX OC 3GB
      • PSU:
      • BeQuiet PurePower 10 600W
      • Case:
      • Antec Sonata Plus (oldie but goodie!)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Professional
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell P2414H
      • Internet:
      • 300 mbit
    NCQ practically has no effect in day to day use, unless you're a server
    The WD and the Samsung are both great drives. I'd pick the Samsung for it is known for quietness, and is cheaper by whole three pounds

  3. #3
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    85
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    • bigpun69's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5K Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Intel Q6600 B3 Stepping @ 3.2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2Gb 800MHZ Crucial Ballistix @ 1000MHz 5-5-5-15
      • Storage:
      • 500Gb Samsung SATA and 320Gb SATA Raid
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 8800GTX Factory OC @ 600/1900MHz
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 620w Modular
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Kandalf LCS with 500L/h pump, triple 120mm radiator
      • Monitor(s):
      • 17" Benq LCD and 32" Widescreen Hitachi
      • Internet:
      • 4Mb
    I've just bought the Samsung and have been astounded by how quiet it is! Thumbs up from me

  4. #4
    Not mad just max with a long beard Mad-Max's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    On my own island somewhere
    Posts
    849
    Thanks
    30
    Thanked
    20 times in 18 posts
    • Mad-Max's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus or Gigabyte
      • CPU:
      • Intel
      • Memory:
      • Corsair
      • Storage:
      • Western Digital
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA all the way
      • PSU:
      • Corsair or Seasonic are good
      • Case:
      • Any that looks nice and has great cooling
      • Operating System:
      • XP/7 and any thing else
      • Monitor(s):
      • Big widescreen will do
      • Internet:
      • Some thing nice and fast with no cap
    I only trust WD these days and mine is totaly silent

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    4,515
    Thanks
    141
    Thanked
    299 times in 240 posts
    • badass's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P8Z77-m pro
      • CPU:
      • Core i5 3570K
      • Memory:
      • 32GB
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung 850 EVO, 2TB WD Green
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Radeon RX 580
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone SG02-F
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Del U2311, LG226WTQ
      • Internet:
      • 80/20 FTTC
    I bought a 320 GB WD drive a couple of months ago. It does around 70MB/sec, an average 12-13ms random access time and is very quiet. I just got a 500GB Seagate 7200.10. Stats are the same except its about 3 times as loud!
    "In a perfect world... spammers would get caught, go to jail, and share a cell with many men who have enlarged their penises, taken Viagra and are looking for a new relationship."

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    195
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked
    19 times in 12 posts
    Here's some benchmarks for some of the drives you've mentioned. Most are of 500GB capacity with a few others thrown in. Obviously the review in centred more around the Samsung drive though - it's not a group test / review.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    164
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    5 times in 5 posts
    Ive Got the 500gb WD drive and its great, fast and silent. saying that the samsung drives are also very good. However I would go for western Digital every time because ive never had one fail on me.

  8. #8
    Old Fool!
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Posts
    1,027
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    37 times in 31 posts
    • EtheAv8r's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Maximus V Gene
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570K @ 4500 Mhz
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • 2 x Samsung EVO 850 SSD; 1 x Samsung 2TB HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GeForce GTX 970
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic S-12 650 Energy+
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Home 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2713H
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity II
    Custom PC LABS group test puts the Samsung above the WD here: http://www.custompc.co.uk/labs/60106.../products.html

    I bought 4 of the Samsungs
    Try to make each and every day the best it can be.

  9. Received thanks from:

    Nemz0r (03-08-2007)

  10. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    792
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked
    9 times in 9 posts
    Obviously not tested under Vista

  11. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Warminster, Wilts
    Posts
    405
    Thanks
    44
    Thanked
    23 times in 18 posts
    • Nemz0r's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock Z75 Pro3
      • CPU:
      • i7 3570k @ 4.5 GHz (+0.2V) w/ ThermalRight Ultima-90i (modified to fit S1155 with a hammer...)
      • Memory:
      • 16 GiB (4x 4GiB) Samsung PC3-10700 (1333) @ PC3-16000 (2000) 9-14-14-36 1.55v
      • Storage:
      • 1x 500 GB Crucial MX200; 1x 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11; 1x 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint T166
      • Graphics card(s):
      • XFX Radeon R9 290 4GiB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX860 80Plus Platinum
      • Case:
      • Antec P180B
      • Operating System:
      • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
      • Monitor(s):
      • 27" Dell P2715Q
      • Internet:
      • ICUK ADSL2+ ~4 Mbps (sadface)
    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r View Post
    Custom PC LABS group test puts the Samsung above the WD here: http://www.custompc.co.uk/labs/60106.../products.html

    I bought 4 of the Samsungs
    Thanks, I couldn't find anything about the 500Gb WD (the AAKS, not YS) anywhere! Guess I overlooked this site as it didn't graphs or something, but provides a real-world standpoint for the drives.

    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonAvenger View Post
    Obviously not tested under Vista
    What are you implying?

  12. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    581
    Thanks
    51
    Thanked
    29 times in 28 posts
    Vista runs your drives bloody constantly and makes a hell of a racket until its indexed your life.

    I have the WD 500aaks and I am delighted with it, very quiet and quick. I dont think there is a great deal in drives to be honest in terms of speed and noise these days, just what brand you trust most with you data.

  13. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    140
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked
    1 time in 1 post
    • mr mister's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte 965P-DS4
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core 2 Duo 6300
      • Memory:
      • 2x1GB Geil PC6400 and 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix PC5300
      • Storage:
      • ~1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 7800GT
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Noisetaker 600w
      • Case:
      • Lian Li V1000b+II
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2005FPW
      • Internet:
      • 8MB F2s
    ive got the 500gb WDAAKS and it is an excellent drive, its fast and quiet and runs pretty cool too.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 45
    Last Post: 12-06-2007, 09:29 AM
  2. Intel e6300 overheating?
    By Xet in forum SCAN.care@HEXUS
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 26-01-2007, 09:56 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-11-2005, 09:12 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •