Thus far, 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 just on the time required to load the OS, but these new ones cover the entire process, including drive initialization.
Despite besting most of its competition with ease in our other tests, the 750 Series is by far the slowest to boot the system. It lags more than 10 seconds behind most of the competition in both tests, and it loses even more ground to the M.2 leaders.
We used a slightly different motherboard revision with the NVMe SSDs, but that didn't slow the P3700 by the same margin, so it doesn't explain the 750 Series' sluggishness.
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 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.
None of the SSDs set themselves apart in our first batch of load tests. Maybe the situation will change with games.
Nope. Nothing to see here... except for the six-year-old X25-M G2 matching the load times of the latest SSDs, including Intel's wicked-fast PCIe drives. Kinda puts things into perspective, doesn't it?