Chime in: Is your PC slower after patching for Meltdown and Spectre?

Intel and AMD have been at work with partners to roll out BIOS updates for motherboards for the CPU vulnerability. You likely heard about the issue, referred to as the Meltdown and Spectre exploits.

Interestingly, the BIOS update hasn't gone smoothly for everyone. Community member Robbie_Jardine recently patched his Gigabyte motherboard and noticed a substantial drop in performance. It's not the end of the world, but is certainly worth considering when looking at picking up an Intel CPU.

As most of you know from the media, Intel has been working with hardware partners to release Bios Updates to fix CPU vulnerability 'Spectre' in many of their processors covering 10 years. Gigabyte have released Bios Update for my motherboard, however I decided to run a benchmark test before and after applying the update. I have noticed a vast difference in performance and although I was...


We're curious if your experience matches his — has your updated BIOS been accompanied by a noticeable performance hit? Head over to our forum and share your results!

From the forum: What are your Pre/Post 'Spectre' Benchmark Results

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.