Which is Faster: load script or read file?

Let’s say (hypothetically of course) that you were storing all your applet’s data in a giant multidimensional AppleScript record. Would it be faster to store that record in a script file and retrieve it using load script or write it to a file and read it again using read file … as record?

There are other pros and cons with each method but I was wondering whether there was any clear winner in terms of speed between load script and read file.

Just how much (hypothetical) data are we talking about ?