Intel® vPro™ Technology with Intel® AMT - what to look for.

Update:  The processors listed in this blog may be outdated and more may actually be available.  Check this website for an updated list of Intel AMT capable processors.

Usually when we launch a new vPro platform, I write a blog post that has information about where to get them and what to look for. This year is no different. Here is my blog post!

As usual, we are looking for the following ingredients (supporting Intel® AMT 7):

    • Chipsets supporting vPro/AMT 7.0: Q67 for Desktop Systems; QM67 and QS67 for Mobile chipsets ( PCs only; not Apples..)

Note that if you see "Standard Manageability" in the specs - this is a different kind of system. This system will come with some basic Intel AMT features but if you want the full Intel AMT 7.0 feature-set, you must purchase an upgrade.

 One of the features that is part of Intel® AMT is the KVM Remote Control. It is important to note that not all Core i7/i5 processors will support KVM Remote Control, regardless of whether or not they are vPro/AMT Capable. The following paragraphs should make it pretty clear - which processors will support KVM Remote Control and which ones won't.

KVM Remote Control still requires Intel Integrated Graphics. Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ Processors - Quad core, do not support integrated graphics and therefore do not support KVM Remote Control. The processors listed below will support AMT, but not the KVM Remote Control feature.

    • Desktop: i7-2870, 2860, 2860s

    • Mobile: i7-2840, 2820, 2740, 2720

Intel® Core™ i5 & i7 vPro™ Processors - Dual core come with Integrated Graphics and therefore do support KVM Remote Control. Some of the Mobile i7 processors are dual core and do support KVM Remote Control by virtue of having integrated graphics.

    • Desktop: i5-2670, 2660, 2650, 2680

    • Mobile: i5-2580, 2560, 2540, 2520, i7-2640, 2620, 2660

Here are some tables showing which systems have KVM support. Also since we are now representing the Manageability & Security Blogs, I added which processors support the AES New Instructions (this has nothing to do with whether or not the processor supports vPro or AMT.)

Desktop Processors (note - the processor numbers will start with "2" for 2nd generation.)

Mobile Processors

Additionally Intel® vPro™ systems supporting Intel® AMT 7.0 will include the following features:

    • Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)

    • Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

    • Intel® Trusted Execution Technology

For a full list of supported technologies and features please take a look at our Product Information URL.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.