For some reason I have felt the preference to buy AMD processors in all my builds for the last decade. I am not against Intel – I used Intel and Motorola processors from the 1970’s onward. I do use liquid cooling and other after market heat sink arrangements which causes me to prefer the socket arrangements for AMD because I feel the AMD is more mechanically solid, but I could identify nothing really significant in my mind that caused this preference. Here is one more little nudge in the AMD direction.
Meltdown allows user applications to pilfer information from the operating system memory, as well as secret information of other programs. “If your computer has a vulnerable processor and runs an unpatched operating system, it is not safe to work with sensitive information without the chance of leaking the information. This applies both to personal computers as well as cloud infrastructure,” the researchers wrote in an FAQ about the attacks. “Luckily, there are software patches against Meltdown,” referring to Linux, Windows, and OS X updates (not all of which are yet available, however).
Most Intel processors since 1995 are affected by Meltdown, with the exception of Intel Itanium and Intel Atom prior to 2013). Only Intel processors are confirmed to be affected by it so far.