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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.

In a shocking turn of events, the the XPG SX930 falls in the middle of the boot time rankings. No SSD has managed to surprise us yet with boot times. Only the Intel 750 Series tuns in a remarkable performance here, and unfortunately, it's remarkable in the wrong way.

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.

As usual, the productivity applications load about as fast on the XPG SX930 as any drive. Up next is gaming, and since the XPG SX930 bills itself as a gamer's drive, it's gotta set itself apart here, right?

The XPG SX930 loads our games gratifyingly quickly. But then again, so does every other SSD we've tested. "Xtreme Performance Gear" or not, any SSD will work just fine for gamers.

That's it for performance testing. Read on for a breakdown of our hardware and test methods.