Average Bench: 57% (222nd of 1015)

more Based on 10,969 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 42.9% 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 0.85MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 1.06MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 39.2%. 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 74.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 94.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,969 samples)
Min Avg Max
63.5 Read 104 136
41.2 Write 97 126
38.3 Mixed 74.3 101
39.2 SusWrite 94.1 129
68.2% 92.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.7 4K Read 1.06 1.4
0.8 4K Write 2 2.5
0.5 4K Mixed 0.85 1
175% 1.3 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
332GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 109 117 117 116 117 118 MB/s
Read 122
Write 114
Mixed 84.2
SusWrite 116
80% 109 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.7
158% 1.3 MB/s
666GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 107 108 108 107 108 107 MB/s
Read 104
Write 98.8
Mixed 62.5
SusWrite 108
68% 93.1 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
200% 1.47 MB/s
568GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 83 89 97 96 87 105 MB/s
Read 86.3
Write 101
Mixed 68
SusWrite 92.7
64% 86.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.8
163% 1.23 MB/s
214GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 81 82 82 83 83 82 MB/s
Read 82.2
Write 81.4
Mixed 63.4
SusWrite 82.2
57% 77.3 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.8
182% 1.43 MB/s
628GB free
Firmware: 05.01D05
SusWrite @10s intervals: 38 33 63 65 57 125 MB/s
Read 18.7
Write 118
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 63.6
42% 57.2 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.4
125% 1.17 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $63 @ launch in Feb '10
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Desktop 85%
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Workstation 84%
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Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $105

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $786

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