Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th May 2009 18:01 UTC
Windows Windows XP Mode, the virtualisation tool currently in beta for Windows 7, only works on processors with virtualisation extensions, known as AMD-V and Intel VT-x. Microsoft made this clear from the get-go, but still various news websites regurgitated it as "news" yesterday that some Intel processors do not support XPM. Twenty-four hours down the road, and Intel had a few things to say about this.
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Intel needs a better marketing dept
by phoenix on Thu 7th May 2009 21:20 UTC
phoenix
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2005-07-11

Or, at least, a better naming scheme for their processors. It's virtually impossible to determine what a CPU supports based solely on the Intel model number. It's also virtually impossible to figure out which of two model numbers is "better" as the numbers don't compare directly to each other (ie a higher model number doesn't always mean it supports more features).

They also need to stop "differentiating" or segmenting their markets so much. Yes, having a mobile-optimised, a desktop-optimised, and server-optimised line of CPUs is good. But do we really need so many variations within each line? Some have VT, some don't. Some have vPro, some don't. Some support feature X, some don't. Some have HT, some don't. And on and on and on.

You'd have better luck figuring out what each Intel CPU supports by throwing darts at a random spec sheet. It's beyond redonculous!!

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CrazyDude1 Member since:
2007-09-17

http://www.intel.com/products/processor_number/chart/core2quad.htm

On this chart you can find out which processor number support which features. The link like "Intel Core (TM) processor Family" is a menu where you can select various core family porocessors. Similarly you can select pentium family processors to see the details.

I got bitten by this once as I both a VT capable processor but that only was 32-bit. And then once I was about to buy a high number quad core processor but the high number one did not support VT where as lower number one did.

Yes I agree, this level of feature differentiation is confusing and totally unnecessary IMHO.

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