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.
As usual, there's not a whole lot of separation happening here. The XG5 boots with expected SSD alacrity.
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.
It's the typical smorgasbord of results. Productivity programs pose no problem for the XG5. Last up, games.
Once again, no surprises here. The XG5 1TB will competently store a billion indie titles, or about 20 Titanfalls. With our boot and load sanity checks complete, we're out of tests to run. Check out the next page for our test methods.
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