Would you buy/use a computer that ran 3x slower than modern machines if it were more secure (less vulnerable to side-channel attacks)?

@cwebber It depends how you measure speed, but in general yes.

My requirements for development are not very significant. I can work easily on a 4 core A53. I don't care about games or 3D graphics, other than that browsers often make use of it.

Generally make use of it. But the demands there aren't very high either, an embedded graphic core can cope with it.

I'd say, the only place where the performance is needed for s/w development and maintenance is reproducible builds.
And the applications for content creators of course: CAD, graphic design, music creation, etc.

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