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What features support my CPU?

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Have you ever thought how to quickly check if your CPU supports (or not) some advanced features and enhancements and what is their current status? I have. Fortunately, I have found very useful tool – SecurAble – which will answer the most interesting questions in the matter of seconds.

 

SecurAble probes the system's processor to determine the presence, absence and operational status of three modern processor features:

  • 64-bit instruction extensions,
  • Hardware support for detecting and preventing the execution of code in program data areas, ... and
  • Hardware support for system resource “virtualization.”

You can read more about the tool and download SecurAble, here.

 

SecurAble in action - features supported by CPU

One of my personal development machines tested with SecurAble. Nothing stunning, but not bad for some tests

 

We will talk about virtualization much more here in the distant future, so please treat this short article as an introduction to the subject. Of course, with the usage of SecurAble one can check if his CPU offers hardware support for extended virtualization efficiency.

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0 #2 Turingsman 2012-12-22 11:34
Hi! This program is free (freeware type). I've found this is a very useful small piece of software. I'm using it occasionally. We can easily check if these three extensions mentioned above are supported by given CPU – so it can help when we want to do something (i.e. setup virtualization host) on older hardware. Especially, when we need a quick and accurate answer.
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0 #1 Stephen Dalton 2012-11-09 17:16
Is this program free? how long have you used it? are you getting good results? Thanks.
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