Average Bench: 56.7% (226th of 1015)

more Based on 51,272 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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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 43.2% 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 0.83MB/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 43.2%. 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 71.3MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 94.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 51,272 samples)
Min Avg Max
54.5 Read 103 135
44.8 Write 95.8 125
34 Mixed 71.3 102
38.4 SusWrite 94.3 127
67.2% 91.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.79 1.3
0.7 4K Write 1.98 2.5
0.5 4K Mixed 0.83 1
162% 1.2 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
687GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 116 116 116 118 118 118 MB/s
Read 118
Write 109
Mixed 68.4
SusWrite 117
76% 103 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.9
176% 1.3 MB/s
384GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 102 103 103 104 105 MB/s
Read 129
Write 111
Mixed 100
SusWrite 103
82% 111 MB/s
4K Read 1.3
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
174% 1.27 MB/s
484GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 102 102 103 104 103 MB/s
Read 106
Write 104
Mixed 75.9
SusWrite 102
72% 97.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.9
4K Mixed 1
176% 1.2 MB/s
236GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 87 74 90 113 103 MB/s
Read 106
Write 92.5
Mixed 73.6
SusWrite 93.8
68% 91.5 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.4
4K Mixed 1
170% 1.07 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $73 @ launch in Oct '10
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Typical Blue 1TB (2010) Builds (Compare 3,699 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 26%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 22%
Surfboard

System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $438

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 Comments

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

Added 7 years ago.

Very poor

7 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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