Microsoft and Intel reveal just how much Meltdown and Spectre patches slow PCs

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The Meltdown and Spectre revelations have people around the world concerned about privacy, but there has also been great speculation about the reduction in performance that patches might bring. Now Microsoft and Intel have opened up about the sort of slowdown PC users and server operators can expect. Having previously tried to play down the negative impact that bug patches will have on systems, Intel’s benchmark test now shows that — depending on the tasks — a slowdown of between 2 and 14 percent can be observed. Microsoft says that anyone with a computer dating from 2015 and earlier will…

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