The Meltdown and Spectre Patches Probably Aren’t Slowing Your Computer Down

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In January of 2018 the cybersecurity world was rocked by news of the massive Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in the Intel processor, but for most users the more tangible worry was that the software fix would slow down their computers by up to thirty percent. Luckily, like many apocalyptic predictions, this preliminary figure turns out to have been somewhat exaggerated. If you own an affected computer (you probably do), chances are good that it has had a few points taken off its performance, but not enough to be noticeable. What were Meltdown and Spectre again? Though security researchers found them

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