Intel protects its CPU from Specter and Meltdown


The day before yesterday, Intel introduced ninth-generation processors with a set of improvements for gamers and content creators. However, this is not all. New chips received hardware patches from Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities, as well as fixes for some other gaps. Most of the fixes were in Meltdown versions 3 and 5 (see illustrations). Other vulnerabilities, including Specter version 1, are offset by updates to the operating system and microcode processors. In this case, the developers claim that hardware patches not only increase the protection of the processor but also increase its performance. However, the latter can only be confirmed or refuted after extensive testing.

Note that Intel called the Core i9-9900K (8 cores / 16 threads) the best gaming processor in the world. However, as it turned out, the company manipulated data and artificially lowered the competitor’s performance – the Ryzen 7 2700X.

Testing was conducted by Principled Technologies. And the forgery was found by Stephen Walton, TechSpot web resource editor. He said that for Intel processors, preconfigured XMP profiles for memory modules were used, while on the AMD platform the memory ran at 2933 MHz with default delays. In addition, Principled Technologies has installed four RAM modules, although AMD Ryzen processors work better with two. Walton repeated the tests and concluded that the data had been tampered with. In this case, the comment from the company has not yet followed.

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