Average Bench: 59.5% (206th of 995)

more Based on 3,214 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD10EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-00Z, WDC WD10 EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10 EALS-002BA0, WDC WD10EALS-002, WDC WD10EALS-08Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-002BA0

This version (WD10EALS) of Western Digital's mid-range blue series drive is nearly four years old and as such not a good choice as a new purchase. This drive operates at 7200 RPM and has two 500GB platters which allow it to sustain reasonable sequential transfer rates of up to 180 MB/s read and 140 MB/s write. Average transfer rates are below this by nearly 50% and this version of the blue exhibits particularly weak throughputs of just 50 MB/s when faced with mixed IO (simultaneous reading and writing). Overall as a new purchase the newer single platter 1TB Blue 2012 Blue (WD10EZEX) is a far better choice and offers nearly 20% better average performance. [Dec '13 HDrivePro]


Average average bench

The WD Blue 1TB (2010) averaged 40.5% 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.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.36MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.76MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 35.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Blue 1TB (2010) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 83.9MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 98.8MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 3,214 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.1 Read 108 141
63.9 Write 98.8 128
18.5 Mixed 83.9 120
72.6% 97 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.16 4K Read 0.73 1.18
0.44 4K Write 1.76 2.3
0.16 4K Mixed 0.36 0.51
102% 0.95 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
529GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 116
Write 105
Mixed 105
82% 109 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.93
4K Mixed 0.37
97% 0.93 MB/s
944GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 105
Write 112
Mixed 118
85% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.95
4K Write 2.29
4K Mixed 0.49
136% 1.24 MB/s
946GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 105
Write 112
Mixed 117
84% 111 MB/s
4K Read 1.11
4K Write 2.06
4K Mixed 0.45
134% 1.21 MB/s
78GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 106
Write 102
Mixed 77.7
71% 95.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.57
4K Write 1.77
4K Mixed 0.37
97% 0.9 MB/s
931GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05 Max speed: SATA 2.0 300 MB/s
Read 7.22
Write 29.6
Mixed 5.42
10% 14.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.003
4K Write 0.19
4K Mixed 0.004
4% 0.07 MB/s
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Desktop 80%
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Workstation 59%

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $839

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