Real World Speed
Performance profile from 50,300 user samples
50,300 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 74% 875GB free
Worst Bench: 34% 583GB free
Poor: 34% Great: 74%
SPEED RANK: 222nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
57 % 88 % Much faster effective speed.
+54%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
104 MB/s 157 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+51%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
98 MB/s 137 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+40%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s 0.85 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+7%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.01 MB/s +2% 1.98 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.3 MB/s 78.8 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+9%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.84 MB/s +0% 0.84 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
94.9 MB/s 150 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+58%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
133 MB/s 200 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+50%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
125 MB/s 181 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+44%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+26%
1.03 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+7%
2.34 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
101 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+7%
94.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
126 MB/s 194 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+54%
Market Share
Based on 39,672,423 HDDs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 59.4 % More popular.
+17%
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.13 % 2.94 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,159%
Price
Price (score)
$60 Cheaper.
+19%
71.6 USD
Value
Value For Money
19 % 49.3 % Hugely better value.
+159%
Age
Newest
129 Months 84.6 Months Much more recent.
+53%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB   —
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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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 2021 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-10700K $320Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $94SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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