Average Bench: 55.5% (243rd of 1015)

more Based on 31,694 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 WD superseded this drive in 2012 with the EZEX.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]

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Average average bench

The WD Blue 1TB (2010) averaged 44.4% 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 Write Speed 1.97MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Blue 1TB (2010) is 41.3%. 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 70.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 91.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 31,694 samples)
Min Avg Max
58.6 Read 102 134
52.1 Write 96.7 127
36.8 Mixed 70.2 96.8
39.6 SusWrite 91.3 126
66.4% 90 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.78 1.3
0.9 4K Write 1.97 2.5
0.42 4K Mixed 0.84 1
163% 1.2 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
629GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 113 116 118 119 119 119 MB/s
Read 117
Write 108
Mixed 64.1
SusWrite 117
74% 102 MB/s
4K Read 1.1
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
177% 1.23 MB/s
527GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 100 101 102 102 102 MB/s
Read 114
Write 108
Mixed 79.2
SusWrite 102
74% 101 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.8
161% 1.23 MB/s
611GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 101 103 103 103 104 MB/s
Read 102
Write 99.8
Mixed 66.3
SusWrite 102
68% 92.8 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 1
176% 1.17 MB/s
18GB free
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 98 103 86 94 107 MB/s
Read 108
Write 113
Mixed 82.3
SusWrite 96.9
74% 100 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.5
4K Mixed 0.8
150% 1.03 MB/s
293GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15.01H15
SusWrite @10s intervals: 49 55 51 55 60 59 MB/s
Read 84.2
Write 77.8
Mixed 85
SusWrite 54.7
56% 75.4 MB/s
4K Read 1.2
4K Write 0.6
4K Mixed 0.5
117% 0.77 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,705,722 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $73 @ launch in Oct '10
OutletPCUS $4922 days
AmazonUS $5516 mins
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Typical Blue 1TB (2010) Builds (Compare 5,418 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

System: Dell XPS 8300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $297

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 Comments

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

Added 5 years ago.

Very poor

5 years ago.


Below average

3 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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