Thanks for the reply.

The update just completed.   It took 8 hours.  The transaction required Installing 32 packages, upgrading 275 packages and skipping 2 packages.  Ironically, a new update just became available as I write this !

I took pictures of the transaction and top screens with my phone if anyone wants to see them.

I ask that someone test updating a fresh install on an RPi3 to see what they get.

Marcin: how much faster was the Evo card than the Sandisk card ?   How much difference did using noop make ?   I need my RPi3 to be an order of magnitude faster.