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Ready For The 64 Bit Future

A quick look at the functions that the Pentium D 805 supports should convince you that it's not old hardware - it still has a viable future ahead of it:

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CPU NameRow 0 - Cell 1 VersionLog. CPUsHTNXEM64TVT
Pentium EE965C14XXXX
Pentium EE955B14XXXX
Pentium D900 SeriesB12Row 3 - Cell 4 XXX
Pentium 46x1 SeriesB12XXXRow 4 - Cell 7
Pentium EE840A04XXXRow 5 - Cell 7
Pentium D805B02Row 6 - Cell 4 XXRow 6 - Cell 7
Pentium D800 SeriesB02Row 7 - Cell 4 XXRow 7 - Cell 7
Pentium D800 SeriesA02Row 8 - Cell 4 XXRow 8 - Cell 7
Pentium EE3.72 GHzN02XXXRow 9 - Cell 7
Pentium 46x0 SeriesN02XXXRow 10 - Cell 7
Pentium 45x1 SeriesD0, E02XXXRow 11 - Cell 7
Pentium 45x0J SeriesD0, E02XXRow 12 - Cell 6 Row 12 - Cell 7
Pentium 45x0 SeriesD0, E02XRow 13 - Cell 5 Row 13 - Cell 6 Row 13 - Cell 7
Pentium EE3.46 GHzM02XRow 14 - Cell 5 Row 14 - Cell 6 Row 14 - Cell 7
Pentium EE3.40 GHzM02XRow 15 - Cell 5 Row 15 - Cell 6 Row 15 - Cell 7

When compared with the most current models, this CPU doesn't miss any of the important features. Support for both EM64T (64 bit instructions and execution) and the Execute-Disable function (NX) are both present. The Pentium D 805 is a dual core architecture, so it can do without Hyper Threading and not take too big a penalty. The only new feature that's missing that might be of some concern is Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT). This reflects Intel's well-known practice of building only a single core, but then deactivating various functions to serve different price segments.

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