Since the Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws were first made public last week, tech firms have been scrambling to get updates pushed out to users' devices. The only problem? In fixing the bugs, which concern chip-level code and functions, Intel and Microsoft's patches have also made computers slower.
But according to Google, it is still possible to have the best of both worlds. Google's own fix for Variant 2 of the Spectre CPU attacks, considered to be the hardest to patch without impacting performance, uses software patches, rather than disabling the affected CPU features. According to Google, the patch has a "negligible" impact on performance, especially compared to the Microsoft and Intel patches, which have been confirmed to slow down some systems.
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Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn’t slow down PCs originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at 23:12:04 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.