Last updated: 2013-10-18
The CPU i7-720QM Processor (6M Cache, 1.60 GHz) only supports up to 8 GB RAM, the USB bus’s are only 2.0, so now it might be time for an update. I could use some more RAM for SharePoint.
Just by scanning the weekly advertices I noticed HP Pavilion G6-2209eo.
Can I live with that? I think not. It is important to me that the virtual guests are fast. With USB 3 I could let the guest live on an external SSD drive, but I think this VT-d must be just as important for speed.
|Mark||i7 CPU||Release Date||Area||Clock||Power||Max Mem||Mem type||Hyper-Threading||VT-x||VT-d|
|7,914||i7-4700MQ||Q2’13||22 nm||2.4 GHz||47 W||32 GB||DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600||Y||Y||N|
|7,099||i7-3632QM||Q3’12||22 nm||2.2 GHz||35 W||32 GB||DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600||Y||Y||N|
|3,064||i7-720QM||Q3’09||45 nm||1.6 GHz||45 W||8 GB||DDR3-1066/1333||Y||Y||Y|
In the table above notice that when the area has been halved, then speed has increased and power decreased – that is a physical gain in three years time. I wonder how much longer down they can come. There must be some interference between the lanes, when the lanes are placed that close.
As to the rest of the PC there can be several limitations set by the chipset, motherboard, connectors, video, audio and a lot other.
I have only added the info, that I am interested in.
Check if also the chipset supports VT-d!
|PC||Motherboard||CPU Socket||i7 CPU||ChipSet||VT-d||Connections||Display|
|Toshiba P50||G3 / rPGA 946B||i7-4700MQ||HM86||N||1920X1080|
|HP Pavilion G6-2209eo||BGA-1224||i7-3632QM||HM76 Express||N|
|Dell Studio 1557||G1 / rPGA 988B||i7-720QM||PM55 Express||Y||3 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata||1920X1080|
The current CPU’s with VT-d are
- QE: i7-3610QE, i7-3612QE, i7-3615QE
- QM: i7-3615QM, i7-3635QM, i7-3720QM, i7-3740QM, i7-3820QM, i7-3840QM.
So I will have to keep on looking and I can come back and update this blog when I find something interesting.
AMD has two names for VT-d: AMD-Vi and IOMMS. Here is a list of supported HW, but not including laptops.
- Display plugs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_connectors