I don't think this is the case anymore with the new versions.
It still feels like it takes a bit longer to load projects and will freeze up every once and a while when you try to open a large file, but the cleaner interface and time I've already invested in configuring it exactly how I want is what has always kept me from transitioning to VS Code.
Maybe try the nightly build. I've been using that and it loads extremely quickly.
Cool, I'll definitely give that a try!
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