I know if you are in front of the computer there are easy ways to determine if virtualization is supported. I want to know if the CPU supports virtualization before I buy it.

What do CPU's need to have built in to support virtualization and how do I tell if a CPU does?

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Here's a list of Intel processors which support virtualization; here's the same for AMD. (The AMD list specifically mentions Hyper-V, which is a Microsoft technology, but judging by this page from the Linux KVM site, the underpinnings are the same regardless of which hypervisor you're using.)

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    Just remember, it's not only the processor but the motherboard also has to support this. In some cases, vendors such as HP will ship a CPU and Motherboard that supports these features but they are not exposed in the BIOS and have it disabled.
    – Dustin G.
    Commented May 5, 2013 at 19:31

Here is a link http://www.technorms.com/8208/check-if-processor-supports-virtualization that list three ways to Check If Your Processor Supports Virtualization. You can follow the steps and the illustrated pictures to check if your CPU supports visualization.

Here is a link http://www.everythingvm.com/content/picking-motherboard-and-processor-use-virtualization that talks about what to look for and consider when looking for a CPU that supports vitalization.

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Commented May 5, 2013 at 18:23
  • Downvoted for inapplicability; the question says "I want to know if the CPU supports virtualization before I buy it", and all of the methods described in your link require that you be running a machine with the CPU in question in it. Commented May 5, 2013 at 18:23
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    It didn't occur to me to wonder whether the motherboard would also need to support virtualization, something which your second link addresses; I've removed the downvote. (But note Oliver Salzburg's comment regarding links vs. inclusion of apposite info. Generally on a Stack Exchange site, when you receive advice from someone whose name has the moderator's diamond after it, that advice is worth following.) Commented May 5, 2013 at 18:36
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    @Aaron, your suggested is strongly noted. I am in the process of fully understanding all the pertinent rules on Stack Exchange site. Thanks for the suggestion and observation.
    – Dappy
    Commented May 5, 2013 at 18:42

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