Average Bench: 56.9% (232nd of 1015)

more Based on 38,772 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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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 1.98MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 42.2%. 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 70.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 94.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,772 samples)
Min Avg Max
52.7 Read 103 135
53.4 Write 98.1 126
38.1 Mixed 70.5 93
42.3 SusWrite 94.7 126
67.6% 91.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.77 1.2
0.84 4K Write 1.98 2.5
0.4 4K Mixed 0.84 1
162% 1.19 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
838GB free
Firmware: 1H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 131 135 136 136 136 135 MB/s
Read 116
Write 117
Mixed 87.5
SusWrite 135
84% 114 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
178% 1.37 MB/s
716GB free
Firmware: 17.01H17
SusWrite @10s intervals: 111 114 114 115 115 115 MB/s
Read 116
Write 102
Mixed 79.8
SusWrite 114
76% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
184% 1.43 MB/s
370GB free
Firmware: 19.01H19
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 100 100 101 100 100 MB/s
Read 100
Write 94.1
Mixed 69.9
SusWrite 100
67% 91.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
172% 1.27 MB/s
120GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 15 17 17 18 18 18 MB/s
Read 108
Write 18.7
Mixed 43.2
SusWrite 17.1
35% 46.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 0.9
4K Mixed 0.6
112% 0.73 MB/s
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 19.01H19
SusWrite @10s intervals: 33 37 30 27 40 31 MB/s
Read 59.5
Write 42
Mixed 47.7
SusWrite 33
34% 45.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
161% 1.1 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 35,052,951 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $73 @ launch in Oct '10
OutletPCUS $4914 months
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Gaming
Gaming 26%
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Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $413

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 Comments

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

Added 6 years ago.

Very poor

6 years ago.


Below average

5 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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