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Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB
Intel SSD 520 240GB
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Western Digital Blue 3D NAND vs Intel SSD Series 5 (2012)

Analysis:

The Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB is an example of a great Internal Hard Drive at its $80 budget.

In the case of the Intel SSD 520 240GB, however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

The Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB was loved by reviewers at Wirecutter (NYTimes), a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "The Best SSDs" roundup where it was named its "Also great", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

As for the Intel SSD 520 240GB, it wasn't able to earn a top spot in any roundups from trusted sources that conduct their own hands-on testing. Nevertheless, it managed to impress reviewers at TechSpot, hardwarezone.com.sg, and Techradar enough to make it onto their respective shortlists.

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, 9.5, rating from Gadget Review, while the Intel SSD 520 240GB earned its best, 8.5, score from TechSpot.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
PCmag
Reviewed
Windows Central
Android Central
PCWorld
Techradar
hardwarezone.com.sg
TechSpot
Gadget Review
Tech. Specs Comparison
Western Digital Blue 3D NAND M.2 1TB
$89
Intel SSD 520 240GB
SSD
Yes
Yes
Great expert review scores
8.5
Avg. Review Score
Score
Good expert review scores
Recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Also great
in “The Best SSDs” 
Last updated: 10 Sep 2021
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best SSDs Under $100 of 2021” 
Last updated: 24 Jun 2021
Windows Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best budget
in “Best SSD for NAS 2021” 
Last updated: 23 Aug 2021
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Good at everything
in “Best replacement SSD for PS4 in 2021” 
Last updated: 3 Jun 2021
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Value
in “The Best SSDs for Laptops of 2021” 
Last updated: 10 Sep 2021
Windows Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best value
in “Best SSD 2021: Top NVME, NAS, and SATA options” 
Last updated: 28 May 2021
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best external hard drives and SSDs for Chromebooks 2021” 
Last updated: 26 Jul 2021
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best external hard drives & SSDs for Chromebox 2021” 
Last updated: 25 Jun 2021
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