Detecting AVX

Detecting AVX

Portrait de smidla


I have a processor with the next brand string: "Intel Core i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz"

I have read that i7 CPU-s supports AVX technology. I wrote a program that detects cpu features by cpuid instructon. The program says that this processor DOESN'T supports AVX. When I check the result of cat /proc/cpuinfo in linux, avx is missing from the flags. What is the problem?

Thank You for Your help!

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Portrait de Brijender Bharti (Intel)

I beleive this is a generation before Sandy Bridge. It does not support AVX. Processor with AVX support are mainly launched in 2011.

Portrait de smidla

I see. I browsed the list of "2nd Generation Core i7 Processors", but i didn't find processors with avx. Or in 2nd generation the avx is a default feature?

Portrait de Brijender Bharti (Intel)

Thats true. But you should have Win7 SP1 also. Win7 does not support AVX.

Portrait de Igor Levicki

That CPU does not support AVX, just AES.

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Portrait de Pourya Shirazian

You can use this C code to detect AVX and other features on the processor:

#define OSXSAVEFlag (1UL<<27)
#define AVXFlag     ((1UL<<28)|OSXSAVEFlag)
#define FMAFlag     ((1UL<<12)|AVXFlag|OSXSAVEFlag)
#define CLMULFlag   ((1UL<< 1)|AVXFlag|OSXSAVEFlag)
#define VAESFlag    ((1UL<<25)|AVXFlag|OSXSAVEFlag)

inline bool SimdDetectFeature(U32 idFeature)
	int EAX, EBX, ECX, EDX;
	cpuid(0, EAX, EBX, ECX, EDX);
	if((ECX & idFeature) != idFeature)
		return false;
	return true;

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