Processing speed of Spatial Join vs. Intersect

Discussion created by codyschank on Sep 20, 2011
Latest reply on Sep 27, 2011 by khartling-esristaff
My experience with these two tools is that Intersect runs much faster than Spatial Join.  For 100 files, intersect took about 40 seconds, while Spatial Join took almost 4 minutes.  Why the difference in processing time?  It seems like Spatial Join is doing a more simplified overlay, and should take less time.