I'm curious which of the following below would be more efficient?
I've always been a bit cautious about using
IN because I believe SQL Server turns the result set into a big
IF statement. For a large result set, this could result in poor performance. For small result sets, I'm not sure either is preferable. For large result sets, wouldn't
EXISTS be more efficient?
WHERE EXISTS (SELECT * FROM Base WHERE bx.BoxID = Base.BoxID AND [Rank] = 2)
WHERE bx.BoxID IN (SELECT BoxID FROM Base WHERE [Rank = 2])