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.
I might have a tendency to overuse the phrase "middle of the pack," but in this case it's especially accurate. The Reactor 1TB falls in the dead center of the boot results, both bare and loaded. As usual, Windows dutifully ignores how much you spent on your SSD when it boots.
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.
No pitfalls here. The Reactor 1TB fires up applications willingly and speedily. Lastly, we'll take a look at how quickly it loads games.
If you put your games on the Reactor 1TB, it moves their bits around as quickly as any SSD does these days, plus or minus a few milliseconds. In these days of ballooning install sizes, the Reactor 1TB would make an excellent game library drive for not a lot of cash.
That's it for performance testing. Read on for a breakdown of our hardware and test methods.
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