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January 12, 2018

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Here’s how, and why, the Spectre and Meltdown patches will hurt performance.

This is a highly technical article, so I’ll give you the short version.

Normal desktop tasks and even gaming won’t be impacted much or maybe at all. But jobs with lots of input/output calls could face serious performance hits of 20-40%.

I was thinking of replacing my workstation this year, but I’m wondering if it would be smarter to wait the 18-24 months it might take chipmakers to sort out their security issues.