The technology you choose will not have enough of an effect on page load times to be recognized by any human user.
What has far more impact on page load times is the 'weight' of the page (the assets being loaded; namely large, dense images).
Currently, the Internet is a vast set of "pretty pictures"; a very visual experience. Users do expect to be pleased and WOWed by graphics and design.
Carefully, and skillfully meeting those expectations without unduly loading the connection between server and client is the key.