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post #1 of 9
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Hi there
I'm building a new system and here i have question, people are saying that "the Blue is actually the faster drive. It's from the new 1TB platter line."
Is that true ? and if so then why blue is cheaper ? both are 72500rpm both are 64mb cache and both are sata 6.0gb!!!

thanks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
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post #2 of 9
The black is faster period, but it is louder that's for sure. Either way they're both HDD's and will be slow. I'd look into SSD's for the main OS partition.
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proof ? benchmark ?
I agree with you that black is usually faster, that's what i have in my HTPC but this is new technology vs older.
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The WD10EZEX 1TB is faster, and I was apparently lucky enough to be the first to get (or at least report) the new drive revision with the better access times. 15ms and a max of 200MBs sequential RW is prettyaawesome. Using one as a game drive and load times are maybe 1-2s longer than on my SSD.
   
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1297633/wd10ezex-review-wd-blue-1tb-single-platter-drive

There is the info you are looking for. Currently the Blue is the faster drive. When and if WD decides to release a new Black on with the same platter density then it might be faster.
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post #6 of 9
I'm deliberating over these two as well as a data drive for my music & video etc alongside an SSD which has my OS on it.

I understand that the Blue has faster R/W times, but slower access times? What difference would there be between the two in real world use?

I am also considering the Seagate ST1000DM001 which has a great spec, but am concerned about reliability issues. Am I right in thinking that WD have a better track record reliability wise?
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Am I right in thinking that WD have a better track record reliability wise?

Not really, statistically speaking both WD and Seagate are pretty much exactly the same reliability wise.
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Originally Posted by blenton View Post

Not really, statistically speaking both WD and Seagate are pretty much exactly the same reliability wise.
Thanks. for you reply. What woud the real world difference be between the Blue and Black Drive for data useage, would it even be noticeable?

Re reliability statistics, I've started a new thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1425314/wd-vs-seagate-lies-damn-lies-and-statistics
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

The WD10EZEX 1TB is faster, and I was apparently lucky enough to be the first to get (or at least report) the new drive revision with the better access times. 15ms and a max of 200MBs sequential RW is prettyaawesome. Using one as a game drive and load times are maybe 1-2s longer than on my SSD.
Is the "new drive version" you talk of the one that is generally on sale now? Do I need to look out for any particular extensions to the model no to make sure that this is what I'm buying?
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