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Which one is fast to get count of records?
1)select count(*) from order
2)select count(OrderID) from order (OrderID is primary key)
I tested in 3894000 records table but both them are done in 0 second
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adonetok (8/11/2010)
Which one is fast to get count of records?
1)select count(*) from order
2)select count(OrderID) from order (OrderID is primary key)
I tested in 3894000 records table but both them are done in 0 second


They'd have the same execution plans I'd imagine, so the same performance in this particular case.


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CELKO (8/11/2010)
The table row count (NOT records! quit thinking this is a mag tape file system) is available at the table level, so three is no need to scan the table.


SQL will scan something to get a row count (from SELECT COUNT(*) or SELECT Count(<not nullable column>Wink). Not the table, unless there are no nonclustered indexes, but it will scan an index to do the row count, the one with the fewest leaf pages.

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