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[–] obvious_throwaway1 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I find it interesting how people discuss the active sub-kernel control Intel's ME gives into processors, yet fail to point out that for the most part a properly configured deny/deny with exceptions firewall, paired with telemetry blocking software can still make an Intel processor reasonably "safe".

With that said, the hits to their performance due to things like Spectre and Meltdown put Intel leagues beyond AMD from the base ability alone, so by all means don't by Intel for cost:performance.

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[–] RoofKorean92 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

for the most part a properly configured deny/deny with exceptions firewall

What kind of firewall are you talking about though? A software firewall installed on the host? Or something else?

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[–] obvious_throwaway1 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

A properly configured deny/deny dedicated physical firewall. Not the crappy garbage that comes with the cheapest router your ISP could source to give you, but professional grade equipment.