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Here’s how most a Meltdown and Spectre repair harm my Surface Book performance

As a opening junkie, I’m reduction endangered about a confidence risks of a Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no famous exploits in use today—than we am about a opening strike from a fixes.

And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.

My solitary knowledge with a entirely updated height so distant is with Microsoft’s strange Surface Book. It’s formed on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is regulating a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.

I fundamentally gathering a appurtenance all week during CES, and on Friday morning when we dismissed it adult during home, I found that Microsoft had pushed out dual pairs of firmware updates that residence a Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. 

I’ll admit, I’m still perplexing to play locate adult on usually what a ruin is going on with Spectre and Meltdown, yet this was a good event to run before and after benchmarks on a prolongation machine.

I know from reading Steve Walton’s write-up during TechSpot that a opening of games and many CPU-intensive apps doesn’t change. But Walton found storage read/write opening to be an issue, so this was my initial prove of review on a Surface Book. we started my tests with a not-yet-patched machine.

Before a Spectre and Meltdown fix

Spectre and Meltdown opening hitIDG

CrystalDiskMark 5.5.0 opening formula on a Microsoft Surface Book before being patched for Meltdown and Spectre.

I started by regulating a default exam for CrystalDiskMark 5.5.0. It’s a somewhat comparison version, yet a formula are still current for dual areas: tiny 4K reads and writes as good as 4K reads and writes regulating a reserve abyss of 32. To a left you’ll find a outcome before Surface Firmware 91.1926.768.0 and 90.1837.256.0 were installed. 

I made 3 steady runs with dual to 5 mins of rest time in between to let a SSD lapse to normal temperature. SSDs, as we might know, can delayed when heated. This is one sold result, yet deputy of a formula we saw.

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