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Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB
Intel SSD 520 240GB
See Top Ranked Internal Hard Drives

Western Digital Blue 3D NAND vs Intel SSD Series 5 (2012)

Analysis:

The Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB was loved by reviewers at AnandTech, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "Best SSDs: May 2021 - Mainstream 2.5" SATA" roundup where it was named its "Ranked 1 out of 1", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

Moving on to the Intel SSD 520 240GB: it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like TechSpot, CNET, hardwarezone.com.sg, Techradar, and Expert Reviews, enough for them to include them on those lists.

We couldn't find any sources that tested both of these Internal Hard Drives, so we only analyzed how they performed in reviews from different sites.

We first examined which sources rated each of these best and found that the Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB got its highest, 8, rating from PCmag, while the Intel SSD 520 240GB earned its best, 8.5, score from TechSpot.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
AnandTech
PCmag
Wirecutter
CNET
Reviewed
Android Central
TechSpot
hardwarezone.com.sg
Techradar
Expert Reviews
Tech. Specs Comparison
Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB
Intel SSD 520 240GB
$299
Form factor
M.2
2.5-inch SATA
SSD
Yes
Yes
Storage Capacity
1000 (GB)
240 (GB)
Good expert review scores
8.0
Avg. Review Score
Score
Decent expert review scores
Recommended by trusted experts
AnandTech
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best SSDs: May 2021 - Mainstream 2.5" SATA” 
Last updated: 14 May 2021
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best SSDs for Laptops of 2023” 
Last updated: 30 Sep 2022
AnandTech
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best SSDs: May 2021 - M.2 SATA” 
Last updated: 14 May 2021
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best SSDs” 
Last updated: 10 Sep 2021
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best external hard drives & SSDs for Chromebox 2023” 
Last updated: 23 Nov 2022
xtremegaminerd.com
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best GAMING PC with RX 5700” 
Last updated: 29 Nov 2019

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