Intel has published numbers of its own benchmarks on the impact of the Meltdown / Specter patches in Windows, and the results show a decrease of up to 21% in benchmark performance for the 6th generation Intel CPUs (Sky Lake). The Meltdown / Specter vulnerabilities have been much more than a blot on Intel’s reputation. From the first moment, it was known that the solutions had a great impact on performance. However, the immediate follow-up of the main parties involved seemed to be neglected.

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