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I wonder how much performance is left on the table to keep backwards compatibility with long obsolete systems like this.
I expect an upcoming patch will check during boot whether the fix is needed and only apply it for those old systems
Sounds good, so people who still rely on these devices like me can get it working perfectly without breaking.