Average Bench: 58.9% (220th of 1002)

more Based on 13,444 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD10EALX-009BA0, WDC WD10EALX-559BA0, WDC WD10 EALX-559BA0, WDC WD10EALX-008, WDC WD10EALX-089BA0, WDC WD10EALX-009, WDC WD10EALX-229, WDC WD10 EALX-089BA0, WDC WD10EALX-089, WDC WD10 EALX-089BA1, WD10EALX-009BA0, WDC WD10 EALX-609BA0, WDC WD10EALX-609BA0, WDC WD10 EALX-008EA0, WDC WD10EALX-229BA1, WDC WD10EALX-229BA0, WDC WD10EALX-089BA1, WDC WD10 EALX-079BA0, WDC WD10EALX-759, WDC WD10EALX-199BA0, WDC WD10EALX-559, WDC WD10 EALX-759BA1, WDC WD10 EALX-759BA0, WDC WD10EALX-079, WDC WD10 EALX-009BA0, WDC WD10EALX-008EA0, WDC WD10EALX-759BA0, WDC WD10EALX-079BA1, WDC WD10EALX-079BA0, WD10EALX-609BA0, WDC WD10EALX-759BA1, WDC WD10 EALX-229BA0, WDC WD10 EALX-229BA1

The WD Blue EALX (2010) is sold as an all round desktop drive. This model is nearly four years old now and can't compete against the newer competition. WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX. Comparing the EALX and EZEX reveals that the newer EZEX drive is approximately 30% faster yet both drives still retail for almost the same price. With average sequential read/write speeds of 109/97 MB/s the EALX lags the group leaders by 40%. Average small file 4K performance clocks in at 0.67/1.85 MB/s which is again around 40% slower than the top ten group leaders. With an effective speed of just 102 MB/s the 2010 WD Blue lags its peers by 34%. There are both cheaper and faster alternatives available elsewhere. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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Average average bench

The WD Blue 1TB (2010) averaged 41.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.35MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.77MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 33.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the WD Blue 1TB (2010) performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Write Speed 97.7MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 85MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,444 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.1 Read 107 140
65.7 Write 97.7 126
21.9 Mixed 85 122
72.5% 96.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.2 4K Read 0.61 1.06
0.68 4K Write 1.77 2.22
0.17 4K Mixed 0.35 0.51
97.8% 0.91 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
379GB free
Firmware: 17.01H17 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 110
Write 107
Mixed 102
80% 106 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.34
109% 1.05 MB/s
348GB free
Firmware: 19.01H19 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 104
Write 101
Mixed 96.1
75% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.77
4K Write 2.09
4K Mixed 0.27
100% 1.04 MB/s
449GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 96.5
Write 94.8
Mixed 74.9
66% 88.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.74
4K Write 1.89
4K Mixed 0.25
94% 0.96 MB/s
608GB free
Firmware: 19.01H19 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 99.9
Write 91.4
Mixed 83.2
69% 91.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.74
4K Write 1.95
4K Mixed 0.32
102% 1 MB/s
155GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 104
Write 86
Mixed 53.9
60% 81.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.51
4K Write 1.96
4K Mixed 0.32
93% 0.93 MB/s
487GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 91.2
Write 93.8
Mixed 31.2
53% 72.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.78
4K Write 2.07
4K Mixed 0.35
110% 1.07 MB/s
12GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Read 92.1
Write 84.7
Mixed 83.5
65% 86.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.52
4K Write 1.82
4K Mixed 0.42
102% 0.92 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $73 @ launch in Oct '10
AmazonUS $566 months
OutletPCUS $6519 hrs
EbayUS $9522 mins
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Gaming
Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 58%
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Workstation
Workstation 36%
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System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 73% - Very good Total price: $374

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 Comments

Recommended for use in desktop and All-in-One PCs...

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Very poor

4 years ago.


Below average

2 years ago.

Does what it's supposed to (albeit a bit slowly, apparently) but has lasted 5 years of heavy usage without a hiccup.


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