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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 SU900 lands right next to its bigger, elder brother. Both drives boot quickly and without fuss.

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.

No anomalies here. The SU900 loads our productivity applications with typical SSD speeds.

Game load times also reveal nothing unusual. The SU900 is a fine home for your Steam sale purchases, but the 256GB version might fill up rather quickly.

The SU900 turned in a faultless performance as a primary storage drive. With that, we're out of tests. Flip to the next page for a summary of our test methods, or skip ahead to the conclusion.