Average Bench: 57.5% (218th of 1015)

more Based on 9,866 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD10EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-00Z, WDC WD10 EALS-00Z8A0, WDC WD10 EALS-002BA0, WDC WD10EALS-002, WDC WD10 EALS-08Z8A0, WDC WD10EALS-00F6B0, 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 42.4% 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 0.84MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.04MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 39.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Blue 1TB (2010) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 74.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 94.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 9,866 samples)
Min Avg Max
62.7 Read 105 136
38 Write 96.7 126
43.4 Mixed 74.5 99.5
37.6 SusWrite 94.6 128
68.5% 92.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.69 4K Read 1.04 1.3
0.69 4K Write 1.95 2.5
0.5 4K Mixed 0.84 1
173% 1.28 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1TB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 104 102 104 103 104 MB/s
Read 90
Write 86.5
Mixed 85
SusWrite 103
68% 91.1 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 1.1
206% 1.33 MB/s
818GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 39 40 40 40 40 39 MB/s
Read 31.7
Write 57.1
Mixed 41.5
SusWrite 39.7
32% 42.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.1
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.2
43% 0.4 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $63 @ launch in Feb '10
AmazonUS $13414 months
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Gaming 91%
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Desktop 88%
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Workstation
Workstation 86%
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Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $109

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $933

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