Western Digital has released a newer version of the Blue EALX, this one has a 1TB single platter drive, the EZEX:http://www.overclock.net/t/1297633/wd10 ... tter-drive
Perks:Specifications from WDC
-Tuned for low noise levels. May be quieter than Greens.
-High sequential speeds matching the new Seagates.
-No idle noise or chirping; no other 'Seagate strangeness'. wink.gif
-Better firmware and NCQ algorithms.
-With higher full-drive access times, performance will degrade more if you fill the drive to the brim.
-Not the best candidate for a lone OS-drive.
As they say in the review, it's should be quiet and fast sequential speeds. From the specifications it should be 30dB instead of 33dB in seek mode.
I also discussed the difference between the EALX and the EZEX in that topic, because I'm looking for a secondary drive.
I'm thinking about the EALX as primary drive (which I already use at the moment) because of the lower access times and the EZEX as secondary drive because the faster sequential speeds (writing large video files).