Enable or Disable Hyperthreading for Security / Performance? Solved

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    Enable or Disable Hyperthreading for Security / Performance?


    I've installed the latest microcode updates for the i7-4500U CPU on my laptop - KB4497165 Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 v1903 - June 18

    The referenced article (ADV190013 | Microsoft Guidance to mitigate Microarchitectural Data Sampling vulnerabilities) states To be fully protected, customers may also need to disable Hyper-Threading

    Please advise:
    1. How important is it from a security perspective to disable hyper-threading?
    2. What benchmark do you recommend to use so I can estimate the performance hit with and without hyper threading?
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 1903 18362.175
       #2

    Just Left Hyperthreading on myself, I paid for a processor with Turbo boost/Hyperthreading for a reason, i know for full protection they recommend disabling, but if it's a large performance hit, then i think i'll just take the risk with leaving it on
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    AMDMan2016 said: View Post
    Just Left Hyperthreading on myself, I paid for a processor with Turbo boost/Hyperthreading for a reason, i know for full protection they recommend disabling, but if it's a large performance hit, then i think i'll just take the risk with leaving it on
    Thanks. I just discovered my Dell laptop has no option to turn off hyperthreading so my query is academic unless the feature can be disabled by other means.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 1903 18362.175
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    Yeah i looked in my Asus G11CD-K bios, didn't see an option to turn off Hyperthreading, unless i missed it, but don't think i did, don't think my HP Omen Gaming Laptop does either
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    For technical reasons Hyperthreading must be enabled or disabled early in the boot process and that means in the BIOS. It cannot be done within Windows. The BIOS in a laptop will typically enable it to provide the full performance it is capable of. Often there will be no BIOS option to control this. A laptop BIOS typically provides only limited options. If there is no option to disable Hyperthreading is cannot be disabled.
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