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KostaAndreadis
Melbourne, Victoria
3206 posts
Happy New Year! Kicking off the new year in the world of PCs comes word of a pretty serious design flaw in Intel CPUs that apparently will require key re-designs to operating systems like Windows and Linux. And could lead to a performance hit across Intel CPU-based machines in the realm of 5 - 30%.

That is, according to this report. Which notes, "the flaw is in the Intel x86-64 hardware, and it appears a microcode update can't address it. It has to be fixed in software at the OS level, or go buy a new processor without the design blunder."

Yikes. Apparently AMD CPUs wont be affected, which means the our new gaming rig is safe for now. Due to the issue being directly related to security flaws, full details are scarce but seems to be prevalent across all Intel CPUs produced and manufactured in the last decade. So odds are, the CPU in your PC will be affected.

It's quite the fascinating revelation, so be sure to head here to read all about it.
03:45pm 03/01/18 Permalink
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trog
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Some postgres performance figures showing up to 23% performance loss.

Bunch more technical info here.

Firefox seems to get smashed by the patch which is bad news for me and the three or four other people still using it.
07:47pm 03/01/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26163 posts
Well this sucks.
08:19pm 03/01/18 Permalink
Gibster
208 posts
when did apple buy intel?
08:22pm 03/01/18 Permalink
trog
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Linux gaming unaffected so far... hopefully OK news for Windows too
10:34pm 03/01/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40947 posts
just another reason to abandon that horrible browser. (although i do use it with tor, only coz it comes bundled)
05:42am 04/01/18 Permalink
trillion
Ballarat, Victoria
4347 posts
it's probably something someone found with sandsifter
02:12pm 04/01/18 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
12300 posts
Won't this only affect certain functions/tasks, not the overall performance? I'm assuming that you won't suddenly see a 30% performance drop across the board with everything from web browsing to gaming.
04:14pm 04/01/18 Permalink
trog
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Won't this only affect certain functions/tasks, not the overall performance? I'm assuming that you won't suddenly see a 30% performance drop across the board with everything from web browsing to gaming.
correct, seems totally dependent on your specific workload. But it's still a big deal. If you bought an Intel CPU for Workload X and suddenly your performance drops 30% because of a software update to mitigate a hardware problem, you might have some questions.
07:36pm 04/01/18 Permalink
Insom
Brisbane, Queensland
4640 posts
welp, looks like I'm holding over that new cpu purchase this year
10:18pm 04/01/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26206 posts
How has this turned out for everyone? Normal desktop performance seems the same to me but my boot times are way longer. Right after I buy an m2 drive for super fast boot times >
08:11pm 02/02/18 Permalink
Reverend
Gold Coast, Queensland
2146 posts
Boot times still amazing (m.2) but for some reason I'm having all sorts of networking issues using on board WIFI and connecting to the cable modem getting dogs*** speeds and then it just drops its lunch. Tethered the phone on 4g with similar results even after resetting the network in windows 10 good for 2 hours then dogs*** again.

Moving tomorrow to a place with only adsl2+ so will be interesting to see what happens.
10:08pm 02/02/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40980 posts
no issues at all with my old i7
06:00am 03/02/18 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
18523 posts
I have noticed no differences.

i5-4690. My boot times are still super quick, probably on account of SSD.

06:35pm 03/02/18 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
24010 posts
Yeah, I haven't really noticed a difference either
08:07pm 03/02/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26212 posts
When I say way longer I mean from literally instantaneous to a few seconds of the dotted circle twirling.
08:08pm 03/02/18 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
18524 posts
The tragedy is real.

How is Subnautica going, managed to get that stuttering sorted?
11:02am 04/02/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26213 posts
Performance still isn't as good as I'd expect but it's better since putting it on the SSD. And yeah it's a really cool game. Love the the water surface colour changes when you go to different biomes.
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