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This article is an update to "Build your own PC with the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ vPro Processor Family". Now that the new core CPUs are out, along with Intel AMT version 8, I wanted to share what is needed to build your own desktop PC with these new technologies. First, you need a motherboard with an Intel Q77 Express Chipset. For KVM Remote Control, also be sure the motherboard supports Intel Integrated Graphics. The Intel DQ77KB and DQ77MK are two such boards. ASRock has the Q77M vPro. Gigabyte has the Q77M-D2H. Jetway has the NF9E-Q77.

 

Next, you need a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ vPro Processor. Further, if you want KVM Remote Control support, you also need a CPU with Intel Integrated Graphics. An Intel Core vPro processor without Intel Integrated Graphics will still give you Intel AMT 8.x, but you won't be able to use KVM Remote Control. This page has an up to date list. From there you can apply a filter to show only processors with vPro technology and Intel Graphics if you like.

 

Now onto wireless. Starting with Intel AMT 7.x, vPro added support for wireless on desktop. This, of course, is optional, but if you'd like to use Intel AMT over wireless on your new system, there are extra requirements. First, your motherboard needs support for Intel AMT wireless. This means a mini-PCI express connector with wiring for AMT communications. The Intel DQ77KB is the only one I know for sure to support this. If I learn of others, I will add them to this list. Next, you need to find an Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 Wireless NIC. Lastly, you'll need a wireless antenna.

 

One other interesting development in the build your own system area is that new standardized All-in-One chassis are coming on the market. They use a half height mini-ITX form factor. Although this is not specific to vPro, I for one am excited to get to build my own All-in-One vPro system for the first time! The Intel DQ77KB is an ITX board and will fit into one of these new chassis.

 

So go out and build your systems. Then post your system specs and your favorite vPro feature or use case.

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