Hard drives may be overshadowed by solid state drives but they still hold a huge amount of significance. While hard drives don’t quite offer the performance as the average solid state drive they do currently offer significantly cheaper cost per gigabyte and are pretty appealing to the budget conscious buyer. Today we will be reviewing the Western Digital 1TB Blue hard drive model WD10EZEX.
While 1TB drives may seem outdated in comparison to the many 2TB+ models they shouldn’t be put to one side. A 1TB drive still offers plenty of storage space even for the most hardcore media hoarder which makes them pretty appealing with there lower price. The Western Digital 1TB Blue hard drive is intended to be used in home and office desktop computers offering a blend of value, performance and capacity.
The WD Blue hard drive offers a spin speed of 7,200RPM with 64MB of cache using SATA 3 technology. These specifications are not unusual for a modern 1TB desktop hard drive and are the minimum we would recommend for a boot or gaming drive in a new computer. The 7,200RPM spin speed should offer good performance along with the 64MB of cache. SATA 3 technology is present on this hard drive as well as being backwards compatible with SATA 2.
The hard drive looks pretty similar to any other desktop 3.5″ drive. The sticker gives it a splash of colour and makes it obvious what brand and model your hard drive is. There is not much more to comment on in regards to the design, as it looks similar to most other 3.5″ desktop drives. Like other hard drives, the WD 1TB Blue has a power port and a SATA port on the back.The top of the drive has an sticker with a splash of blue and a list of specifications.
On the bottom of the hard drive we can see the green circuit board.
One of the most important factors in a hard drive is the noise. Many users look for a quiet hard drive which can sit in their computer without disturbing them spinning up and seeking for data. Western Digital did a good job with this 1TB Blue drive as in our testing we found it hard to hear the drive during any activity. The only notable noise was when the hard drive would spin up from a cold boot or from turning on from standby mode. Even though we could hear this, it was easily drowned out by system fans.
The performance crown is taken by solid state drives though you shouldn’t let that paint an negative picture of hard drives. In general, SATA 3 hard drives perform very well and while not as quick as a solid state drive, they cope just fine with normal computer usage. We ran a benchmark using CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b to see what the performance was like on the Western Digital 1TB Blue (WD10EZEX).This graph shows the performance of a Western Digital 1TB Blue (WD10EZEX) in CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3b.
The read and write benchmarks are nothing special though very acceptable for a mechanical hard drive. Computer enthusiasts have been spoiled with the super fast read and writes given by a solid state drive which can make the results of a mechanical hard drive seem a bit dull. Nevertheless, the WD Blue we are reviewing pulled some impressive results considering it’s a all round solution for home and office users. Sequential reads were at 159MB while the write was 155MB. The 512k reads were 57MB with the write being 103MB. In comparison, on the same test our solid state drive (Samsung 120GB 840) managed a sequential read of 486MB and write of 126MB. It was surprising to see the WD Blue hard drive perform better during sequential writes though it was expected for the solid state drive to have the upper hand during reads. If you are unable to afford a solid state drive or would like a better price to GB ratio we see this hard drive as being a cost effective solution for a boot drive because of it’s respectable performance.
The Western Digital Blue 1TB hard drive offers a great balance of price, performance and capacity. While looking like your average hard drive, it packs good performance, especially at sequential writes. We see this hard drive as being a cheaper alternative to a solid state drive because of it’s balance between performance and price per GB. It’s generous capacity of 1 terabyte is more than enough for your average user, especially as the target market for the WD blue drives are home and office users.
We feel that the hard drive could make some improvements though. While it’s pretty quiet we would have liked it to be even quieter when booting up. While this is a minor negative on an otherwise great drive, we feel like it should be pointed out. The sound it makes while booting is pretty hard to hear with your system fans spinning, though if you have quiet fans the few seconds of boot up may bug you. During operation the hard drive remained relatively quiet with no noticeable noise over our system fans.