Which is faster a list of values in a column drop down menu or a reference table?

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I would be astonished if a human user could perceive any difference in the two methods.  One would assume that if you had a drop down list of 999 choices, (the most which can be supported in a table relationship for a drop down list, because QuickBase offers up the "Record Picker"), that a drop down list within the field properties would have faster response time.

But I highly doubt that a human user could perceive the response time difference and certainly not if the drop down list was not crazy long.