I ran across this KB article the other day, which lists a few ways in which performance is affected by various maintenance or administrative type operations.
In KB article 917818, it notes that some operations cause a performance issue. Some of the operations make sense (offline/online, restores, etc), but there were a few that surprised me. For example, did you know that Autoclose flushes the cache? Might not be a big deal, but it also might mean that your apps based on Express might end up running slowly each time the user accesses the databases.
There are also a number of items which are implemented by a RECONFIGURE that will flush the cache. These are listed in the KB and are:
- cross db ownership chaining
- index create memory (KB)
- remote query timeout (s)
- user options
- max text repl size (B)
- cost threshold for parallelism
- max degree of parallelism
- min memory per query (KB)
- query wait (s)
- min server memory (MB)
- max server memory (MB)
- query governor cost limit
Also, changing a filegroup to read-only will flush the cache.
This is by design, and I wouldn’t expect it to change anytime soon. Since these options can affect query plans, it might make sense to flush the cache, but if you don’t agree, file a CONNECT item and stump for votes.