Just to note, I was going to get an Ultra 20 M2 but the lead time of
delivery was too long. So I put together a quick Athlon X2 (Windsor) with a
Gigabyte NForce 590SLI motherboard.
I did a quick test with Xenoppix
 (Knoppix and Xen) and HVM worked like charm. This runs Knoppix in a HVM
I'll be doing some further testing with Windows once I've
Note its important that if you get an Athlon that
you check the model. Only the Windsor (dual core) and Orleans (not dual core)
do AMD-V. It can be very confusing with the AMD ratings and the GHz
it may be confusing when you look at the model numbers for the processor, it is
very easy to tell from the Socket which works with AMD-V and which doesn't. All
Socket AM2 processors except Sempron has AMD-V. Another universal key is that
any processor that uses DDR2 (again, except Sempron) has AMD-V. This is of
course the same thing as the socket key, since they are tied together - the new
socket is introduced to match the DDR2 memory interface [or at least, there are
different sockets for the different types of memory controller].
Similarly, the new Opteron product has a new socket (Socket F) and
DDR2 memory controller, and has AMD-V.
product is the only one available as X2 (Dual Core), and again DDR2 is a key to
So in summary: Any AMD processort (except Sempron) that
uses DDR2 memory will have AMD-V.
that although the AMD-V technology is in the same product that introduces DDR2,
there's no tie between the two other than the fact that they are introduced in
the same product version.
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