Average Bench: 56.9% (224th of 1015)

more Based on 55,121 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 WD10EALX-609, 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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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]

Average average bench

The WD Blue 1TB (2010) averaged 43.0% 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 Write Speed 2MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 38.8%. 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 72.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 95.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 55,121 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.4 Read 103 134
59 Write 98 126
45.1 Mixed 72.2 98.9
40.5 SusWrite 95.2 127
67.9% 92.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.79 1.3
0.99 4K Write 2 2.5
0.5 4K Mixed 0.84 1
163% 1.21 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
844GB free
Firmware: 19.01H19
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 133 133 134 130 130 MB/s
Read 124
Write 128
Mixed 75.3
SusWrite 132
84% 115 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 1
183% 1.33 MB/s
604GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 130 127 128 129 130 129 MB/s
Read 126
Write 114
Mixed 81.7
SusWrite 129
83% 113 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.9
172% 1.3 MB/s
826GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 82 83 84 83 84 82 MB/s
Read 110
Write 99
Mixed 57.1
SusWrite 83.1
64% 87.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.7
141% 1.17 MB/s
911GB free
Firmware: 19.01H19
SusWrite @10s intervals: 120 120 113 MB/s
Read 54
Write 119
Mixed 77.5
SusWrite 118
68% 92 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.8
165% 1.3 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $73 @ launch in Oct '10
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Gaming 24%
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Desktop 75%
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Workstation
Workstation 20%
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EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $321

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

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Very poor

10 years ago.


Below average

8 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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