Intel’s CPU Flaw Is Affecting Gaming Performance on PC
A few days ago a revelation triggered an alerting situation on Intel and millions of PC users worldwide because 2 major security vulnerabilities have been detected that put at risk most of the computers with recent processors of the company.
Inevitably, the PC gaming scene has been aware of this situation and after it will be informed about the solution that there is at the moment and the impact it has on the speed of processing, there is already analysis about it.
As you know, and if you’re not already aware, the Google security team, Project Zero, found 2 failures in Intel processors that compromise the security of millions of computers around the world. The vulnerabilities, named “Meltdown” and “Specter”, cause leaks of memory in the core (kernel) of the processors and these could be exploited to carry out an attack and subtraction of very important information existing in the computer equipment.
In the midst of the scandal, Intel and the companies responsible for operating systems, Microsoft and Apple, in addition to the Linux scene, responded with a patch that while promising to resolve the vulnerabilities, also has a negative impact on the speed of processing.
This definitely drew attention to the PC gaming scene and although at the time Intel has revealed that the impact of the solution will not be visible to the average user, the enthusiasts do not want to lose detail about it. In this situation, the user of Reddit, Laexe, tested the performance of his PC before and after applying the patch released for Windows 10.
The user equipment contains an Intel Core i5-4690K processor at 4.4 GHz, with an AMD RX 580 video card and 16GB of RAM and has tested games such as Rainbow Six: Siege, War Thunde, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, DayZ and Elite: Dangerous; obtaining the following results:
As can be seen, in all cases the graphics performance of the games, registering the frames per second, decreased regardless of the quality in which they were deployed. Some users responded to the publication reporting that, apparently, the lower capacity processors are the ones that are suffering the greatest impact of the security patch released to solve the problem.
In this regard, the official response from Intel is that PC users with Intel processors must install the security updates released, in order to address the problem and prevent our equipment from being at risk. But, this response also refers that the impact of the solution will be minimal and any detail will be corrected over time.
Have you already applied a security patch on your PC? Did you notice any change in graphics performance? Tell us in the comments below.