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    RG, The info displayed after running your getspeculation script suggests:

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    * Install BIOS/firmware update provided by your device OEM that enables hardware support for the branch target injection mitigation.
    My PC was built for me (and the builder is no longer able to help). So how do I find out whether the mobo maker has done the update? Details are:

    --- Hardware ---

    Item Value
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    Manufacturer ASUS
    Model All Series
    System Type x64-based PC
    Enclosure Desktop

    BIOS Serial No System Serial Number
    Name BIOS Date: 11/27/14 10:47:44 Ver: 21.06
    Version 2106
    Date 27/11/2014 00:00
    Manufacturer American Megatrends Inc.

    Firmware Type Legacy BIOS

    Processor Name Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460 CPU @ 3.20GHz
    Info Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
    Maker GenuineIntel
    ID BFEBFBFF000306C3
    Physical CPUs 1
    Physical Cores 4
    Logical Cores 4
    Address Width 64
    HyperThreading Enabled
    VM Firmware Disabled
    Looking at the Asus site seems to imply I have to reboot to get the relevant info...
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    Access,

    I think this is the information you need.

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    Joe,
    Have not checked for BIOS update, not sure how.
    Windows 7 OEM System Builder Pack, Build Date 03/25/10, installed 2010.
    My system was built by someone I no longer have contact with, and it originally ran XP.
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    You need to check the motherboard vendor site.
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    Thanks Joe, will have a go.

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    Hey Y'all,

    See this How-To-Geek Article and download the tool by the venerable Steve Gibson!

    Unfortunately, my old Dell XPS 8700 is not getting a BIOS Update!
    Dell8700InSpectre.JPG

    HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Hey Y'all,

    See this How-To-Geek Article and download the tool by the venerable Steve Gibson!

    Unfortunately, my old Dell XPS 8700 is not getting a BIOS Update!
    Dell8700InSpectre.JPG

    HTH
    My ASUS W7 MB isn't going to get a BIOS update either
    I already received a BIOS update for my HP ProBook 450 G2 laptop ( W7 to W10 in 2015 ).
    I saw "InSpectre" yesterday and ran it on my W7 & W10 computers.

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    Hi,
    The InSpectre program allows one to run the computer with and without Meltdown protection. Is there a simple measure that would tell me what the impact is on my system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenYoung View Post
    Hi,
    The InSpectre program allows one to run the computer with and without Meltdown protection. Is there a simple measure that would tell me what the impact is on my system?
    Ken
    See Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems. Remember that your PC workload is important too.
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    Hi, JoeP517
    That article says:
    "With Windows 10 on older silicon (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPU), some benchmarks show more significant slowdowns, and we expect that some users will notice a decrease in system performance."
    My question is, what is a simple benchmark test to use to measure whether my system is suffering a "significant slowdown".
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    Benchmark programs only measure theoretical loads to give you a static picture of relative performance. Your actual usage is a much better indicator. If you observe the PC being noticeably slower during use after the patches then you've probably taken a noticable hit. I think that performance benchmarks and published statements from vendors greatly influence the observations of most normal users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Access,

    I think this is the information you need.

    HTH
    Sorry RG, been a bit busy. I've now run the InSpectre program and it tells me I need to update the BIOS. That link you gave me was for notebooks, which I don't have (I have a desktop). Not helped by all the graphics being missing - though I've seen them by right clicking and choosing view.

    My MOBO is a Asus H81m-plus: micro-atx, lg1150, and I've googled for the update but haven't found anything at all (Asus's website isn't very helpful), so is there any way of getting this update please?
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    Access,

    How about this page?

    HTH
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    Thanks RG, but unless I'm missing something, this is for Asus computers. Mine's a custom built one. I've tried looking for the Mobo but all the downloads for it are a couple of years old.

    The next question is: are they going to fix Haswell CPUs?
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    Access,

    Your OP originally stated it was a ASUS MOBO?

    That all depends on the MoBo/OEM how far back in their product lines they choose to implement fixes. My guess is they won't go back to far on consumer level boards/chips as they see it as a way to sell you a new device. Cynical yes but probably true also!

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