One of the main concerns for users who installed Meltdown and Spectre patches on Intel systems was that computers could get substantially slower, and recent Microsoft benchmarks confirmed that the older the hardware gets, the bigger the performance impact of these updates.

In a press release today, Intel also confirmed that a slowdown is indeed one of the effects of the Meltdown and Spectre updates, but the company tried to play down the performance impact by emphasizing that it “should not be significant for average computer users.”

This is something that Intel has been saying from the very beginning after announcing patches for the hardware flaws, but until today, no figures were available to support the statement.

Intel claims that 8th generation platforms, namely Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake, with an SSD experience a “small” performance …