Intel Whiskey Lake Mobile CPUs Come With Hardware Fix For Meltdown and Foreshadow

First Chip To Do So

Meltdown and Foreshadow have plagued Intel CPUs and in order to fix these issues, patches were released that do fix the issue but reduce the performance of these chips and also may open doors to other vulnerabilities as well. The new Intel Whiskey Lake mobile CPUs have just been announced and these come with hardware fixes for Meltdown and Foreshadow.

Intel seemed to not have mentioned this at the announcement but later on, an Intel representative was asked about the matter and it was indeed confirmed. It is worth noting that the first wave of hardware-based fixes are limited and that while Meltdown and Foreshadow have been taken care of in the silicon, upcoming threats will have to be dealt with using software and microcode, but this is a step in the right direction.

Intel did promise us a CPU that is not affected by these vulnerabilities and a hardware fix for these issues before the end of the year, so there is hope that the upcoming desktop CPUs will have things sorted out way better than the mobile versions. The new Intel Whiskey Lake mobile CPUs come with up to 4 cores and 8 threads. The top of the line model is able to boost to 4.6 GHz. But we need to see whether that is true for selected cores or all cores.

The Intel Whiskey Lake i7-8565U has a boost clock of  4.6 GHz which means that it is 400 MHz faster than the previous model. The Intel Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U is 500 MHz faster than the Core i5-8350U. So you are getting boosts in clock speeds with the new architecture and the chips do have a 15W TDP but keeping in mind that these chips are based on the same old 14nm process, you should not be too hyped about the performance that these chips will have to offer as compared to the previous generation processors.

You can expect to see plenty of multi-threaded performance and while you won’t be able to get lightning fast render times, you will be able to multi-task pretty well on the move. I am sure that this is something that users will appreciate. For more information regarding Intel Whiskey Lake, stay tuned.

Talha Amjad
Talha has been in the tech industry for the last 6 years and is a current member of the PC master race.