Windows 10 Intel Security Update is now available, six triple-A games tested in CPU-bound scenarios

DSOGaming writes: "Yesterday, we informed you about a security design flaw in Intel’s processor that required a new software update. According to initial reports, this fix would bring a performance hit on Intel’s CPUs somewhere between 5-30%. Microsoft has released this security fix for Windows 10 so it’s time to test some triple-A games under CPU-bound scenarios."

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kevnb287d ago

thats a big enough difference in ac origins :(

FinalFantasyFanatic287d ago

Why the hell does AC Origins have such a big difference, I would have expected PUBG to have a big difference before/after the patch considering their optimization.

kevnb287d ago

people are speculating it has to do with the drm it uses, we will see.

livininsin287d ago

This is getting WAY over played. Who in their right mind is playing AC Origins at 720p with a 980ti?!
This article is literally cherry picking the the most utterly absurd worst case scenario and pumping up the drama to get clicks.

Here's a more realistic look for gaming with a [email protected] which is a realistic cpu bound situation that could actually happen, including AC Origins (spoiler: undetectable):

Cobra951287d ago

livininsin, you're missing the point. You want the GPU to have as little load as possible for this test, because it's about stressing the CPU. If you bottleneck the GPU in any way, you invalidate the test.

livininsin287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

Cobra, I totally understand the test. I am saying the test is pointless. If you have to set up a scenario where you run your game at 720p with a 980ti before you can perceive an impact to performance, then it is a non issue.

OpenGL287d ago

It uses a convoluted DRM scheme, PUBG doesn't because it doesn't need it.

Princess_Pilfer286d ago (Edited 286d ago )


No. That's *just* the impact of the framerate caused by the CPU, without any other factors, so people can see the issue or lack there of. If there are problems they could easily be compounded by other issues and combine to crater performance in ways they wouldn't have before.

For example, your CPU can sometimes make up for low RAM by being super quick about processing it. (So can GPUs with Vram.) So if the performance of the CPU takes a hit and you have low RAM it could destroy performance to a degree the CPU problem alone wouldn't have. That's why when testing any individual aspect, people go way overkill with all the other system requirements, to be 100% sure nothing else is a factor, so the people who know their own setups can make informed judgements on what the effects will be on their system.

A more reasonable potential problem with the test is that they used a CPU that's *way* more powerful than what most people have, so problems with overloading them more easily because of the recent patch might not show up because the CPU has enough extra power to eat the performance hit without it translating to a performance problem in game, and they don't explain their test methodology, and there's no video, and they didn't use any of the "standard" CPU bound test games so people don't necessarily know if any of those games are especially CPU bound even in the more CPU intensive areas of those games. Like, lots of potential problems, but that they isolated just the CPU as the performance thing to measure isn't one of them.

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iNcRiMiNaTi287d ago

I downloaded the update this morning and I got slightly better performance in AC:O but I'm not sure if it's a boost from updated nvidia drivers.



kevnb287d ago

it could be that dso had some other issue, this is why its best not to jump to conclusions.

livininsin287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

That's weird, are you sure you've got it plugged in to a cheap 2006 12" 720p monitor? That sarcasm is not aimed at you in any way btw, it's aimed completely at this article. I'm willing to bet you actually have a really nice monitor paired with your 1080ti/8700k!

I'm jealous! :)

Cobra951287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

I think they're trying to mitigate the damage as much as possible with new optimizations across the board. That effort will continue, as stated by Intel themselves. (Look up their press release. Giyf)

iNcRiMiNaTi287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

My monitor is an asus rog swift pg278qr. It's a 1440p 165hz gsync monitor. I chose it over a 4k monitor because I prefer higher fps over higher res

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bluefox755287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

I'll pass on the security update. Hopefully someone gets a class action lawsuit going for this.

Zabatsu287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

So much for PC masterrace.
Specifically what processors are affected by this? All Intel and Amd processors?

OMGitzThatGuy287d ago

This one in particular is most Intel CPUs and none on AMD processors. They are other problems with both but not on this level.

bolimekurac287d ago

the amd issue can fixed with a update that amd is sending out on the 9th and doesnt affect performance as its only for one of the issues, its intel with the big problems and apple and android etc...

Nodoze287d ago

What a cluster F this is. Was just piecing and pricing a new PC, and now this. Not sure what to do at this point, I guess i will be waiting until this gets worked out. Paying a premium for a 30% performance hit is ridiculous. 30% is a MASSIVE hit.

kevnb287d ago (Edited 287d ago )

Most games dont make a ton of SYSCALLS, nothing I play does anyway.
in games its not anywhere near 30% (probably more like within margin of error differences), even in in origins other tests didnt show much difference so Im not sure what happened here. That being said, its not the best time to try building a gaming pc thanks to miners and higher prices.

bolimekurac287d ago

youll be waiting 2 years then as they said it will take that long to make chips without this issue and still have top performance , my advice is to go ryzen. if you do more then one thing at a time like gaming and anything else then ryzen is where its at. my 1800x oc to 4ghz and trident mem at 3433mhz on a hero 6 coupled with a 1080 ti strix wipes the floor with intel on multi thread perf and in gaming ryzen is best when you game and stream and have other things going on.

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