How to improve query with select top n rows ?

  • I notice some slowness on a select  statement whenever it's selecting top n rows.

    Is there anyway to improve it? Query seems to execute faster if I just issue select * instead of select top n rows.

  • your query is most likely doing a costly sort operation etc, do you have an actual execution plan? also can you provide data structure and indexes for the table


    ***The first step is always the hardest *******

  • how many records in the table ?


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