Which processors support hardware assisted virtualization?

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Which processors support hardware assisted virtualization?
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Hardware-assisted virtualisation is a technology that simulates a computer's hardware environment. Users commonly employ virtualisation to run multiple operating systems on the same computer, and to improve security by creating a virtual computer that detects viruses and potential security threats before they are able to corrupt the hardware of the actual computer. As of 2010, most new mid-grade and top-of-the-line processors support virtualisation. AMD uses the term "AMD-V" for its virtualisation technology, whereas Intel virtualisation is known as "Intel VT-x." Note this list is specific to CPU manufacturer product lines as of 2010.

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AMD Phenom II

All Phenom II desktop processors support AMD's virtualisation technology. These range in speed from 2.5 to 3.5 gigahertz (GHz); contain 6 megabytes (MB) of cache memory; and have either two, three, four or six processor cores. All AMD Phenom II laptop processors also support virtualisation.

AMD Phenom

All Phenom desktop processors support AMD's virtualisation technology. These processors have clock speeds between 1.8 to 2.6 GHz, contain 2 MB of cache memory and have either three or four processor cores.

AMD Turion II

All Turion II laptop processors support AMD's virtualisation technology. These processors range in speed from 1.5 to 2.7 GHz, contain 2 MB of cache memory and have two processor cores.

AMD Athlon II

All Athlon II desktop processors support AMD's virtualisation technology. These units operate between 1.6 to 3.3 GHz, include either 1, 1.5 or 2 MB of cache memory and have either one, two or three processor cores. All Athlon II laptop processors also support virtualisation.

Intel Corei7

All Core i7 desktop processors support Intel's virtualisation technology. These processors range in speed from 2.53 to 3.2 GHz, contain either 8 or 12 MB of cache memory and have either two or four processor cores. All Core i7 laptop processors also support virtualisation.

Intel Corei5

All Core i5 desktop processors support Intel's virtualisation technology. These units have clock speeds from 2.4 to 3.6 GHz, contain either 4 or 8 MB of cache memory and have either two or four processor cores. All Core i5 laptop processors also support virtualisation.

Intel Core i3

All Core i3 desktop processors support Intel's virtualisation technology. These have speeds ranging from 2.93 to 3.33GHz, include 4 MB of cache memory and have two processor cores. All Core i3 laptop processors also support virtualisation.

Intel Core 2 Duo

Core 2 Duo desktop models supporting Intel's virtualisation technology are as follows: E8600, E8500, E8400, E8300, E8200, E7600, E6850, E6750, E6700, E6600, E6550, E6540, E6420, E6400, E6320 and E6300. These processors range in speed from 1.86 to 3.33 GHz, contain 2, 3, 4 or 6 MB of cache memory and have two processor cores.

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