We all know about the Meltdown bug right now that is affecting CPUs around the world and in order to fix this Meltdown vulnerability OS providers are introducing patches might slow your system down. While we have talked about the impact of these Meltdown patches on gaming, here we are going to take a closer look at the Meltdown patch performance impact benchmarks that will give you an even better understanding.
While we have been stating that gaming will not take a significant hit and you will not notice it most of the time. We also showed some Meltdown patch gaming benchmarks that you can check out here. The system used for these Meltdown patch performance Impact Benchmarks consists of an i3-3225, 650ti, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10 pro 1703 before and after the Meltdown patch.
You can check out the numbers before the patch was installed below.
Now that we know what performance was like before the patch was installed on the system, we can compare what performance is like after the Meltdown patch is installed. You can check out the performance numbers after the Meltdown patch was installed below:
From the two images, you can clearly see that the Meltdown bug does not have a significant impact on the numbers other than the Physics (compute) score where we see a 5% difference. Other than that you are all good to go. While performance difference can vary on modern hardware it should be noted that these are synthetic benchmarks and not real-world tests.
Actual performance degradation can be different and there might not be any to start with. Companies are working on releasing patches to fix the Meltdown bug and you can read about the fix from Microsoft here.
Let us know what you think about these Meltdown patch performance impact benchmarks and whether or not you have noticed a decrease in performance since the patches were released.