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.
SSDs always fall within a narrow band of results in our boot tests. The Hellfire, though, manages to land near the very top of that band. It's no slow booter.
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.
Everything is in order. Perfectly fine load times, nothing to remark on. Lastly, let's see how snappy the drive is when loading games.
The Hellfire's loading speeds land in line with expectations, and it makes a competent game library drive.
We're all outta tests, so read on for a summary of our methods. Or skip ahead to the conclusion.