I understand what you are saying about the AM2 socket and AMD-V.
Regardless because of previous product on the market I still found it
difficult when putting a system together to make sure I had the right
The only way I could be sure I was right, was making the
model (ADO...) of the processor against the list on wikipedia.
Descriptions of processors sometimes aren't sufficently clear on
Agreed. Unfortunately, it's hard to satisfy all aspects of marketing,
technical descriptions, etc, etc. It would be confusing to a lot of people if we
(AMD) started using different product names and/or numbering for processors that
for all intents and purposes (besided virtualization) are equal. Then we'd get
LOTS of calls to the tech-supprot asking if the new Super-Athlon64 4000+ X2
would run the same software as the older Athlon64 4000+ X2... We don't really
need that... ;-)
It should be clear from the Webstore which socket the processor applies
to, even if they don't supply any further information at all...
So in summary:
Any AMD processort (except Sempron) that uses DDR2 memory will have
Note 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
Can you also clarify for me that support for AMD-V is independent
of chipset. ie. Any system with a AMD-V processor will do HVM.
Intel seem to have only one desktop chipset that supports VT, might be an
interest point of difference for marketing.
Yes, AMD's processors have full support for AMD-V inside the processor,
and chipset choice will make absolutely no difference to availability of the
AMD-V features. I suspect somehow that the reason Intel requires certain
chipsets for the VT functionality is that there is interaction between the
memory controller and the VT functionality - but I don't know this, I'm just
gueesing - there is however little OTHER reason for this to be the case...
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