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Boot times
Until now, all of our tests have been conducted with the SSDs connected as secondary storage. This next batch uses them as system drives.

We'll start with boot times measured two ways. The bare test depicts the time between hitting the power button and reaching the Windows desktop, while the loaded test adds the time needed to load four applications—Avidemux, LibreOffice, GIMP, and Visual Studio Express—automatically from the startup folder. Our old boot tests focused on the time required to load the OS, but these new ones cover the entire process, including drive initialization.

The SU800 boots up with typical SSD briskness. We would have been shocked if it didn't.

Load times
Next, we'll tackle load times with two sets of tests. The first group focuses on the time required to load larger files in a collection of desktop applications. We open a 790MB 4K video in Avidemux, a 30MB spreadsheet in LibreOffice, and a 523MB image file in the GIMP. In the Visual Studio Express test, we open a 159MB project containing source code for the LLVM toolchain. Thanks to Rui Figueira for providing the project code.

Productivity applications pose no problem for the SU800. Our last task is to see how quickly it loads games.

The drive falls in the middle of the pack across all three games. That's plenty good enough for it to serve as a game library drive should an owner task it with that duty.

That's it for our tests. Our IOMeter-induced misgivings have been somewhat assuaged by the real-world results this drive puts up. The next page details our test setup, but we won't be too upset if you skip ahead to the conclusion.