1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 6, 2011 10:46 AM by Adolfo_Intel

    Q9400 Identification?

    pka

      I've been trying to enable virtualisation on my Core-2  Quad Q9400 CPU (installed in a MSI IM-Q35 aka MS-9820 motherboard) but with no success, despite changing motherboard BIOS settings and even re-flashing latest BIOS.

       

      The motherboard BIOS shows virtualisation is  enabled but some software I've been trying out (Oracle VM 3.0.1) says virtualisation is not available.

       

      Finally, I decided to download  and run some Intel diagnostic tools to see what might be the problem  ...the output from latest version (4.32) of Intel® Processor  Identification Utility is very odd:

       

      Intel(R) Processor Identification Utility
      Version: 4.32.20110608
      Time Stamp: 2011/09/04 23:37:18
      Operating System: 5.1-2600-Service Pack 3
      Number of processors in system: 1
      Current processor: #1
      Active cores per processor: 4
      Disabled cores per processor: 0
      Processor Name: Future Intel(R) Processor
      Type: 0
      Family: 6
      Model: 17
      Stepping: A
      Revision: 0
      Maximum CPUID Level: D
      L1 Instruction Cache: 4 x 32 KB
      L1 Data Cache: 4 x 32 KB
      L2 Cache: 2 x 3 MB
      Packaging: Unknown
      Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) Technology: No
      MMX(TM): Yes
      Intel(R) SSE: Yes
      Intel(R) SSE2: Yes
      Intel(R) SSE3: Yes
      Intel(R) SSE4: No
      Intel(R) AES-NI: No
      Intel(R) AVX: No
      Enhanced Halt State: No
      Execute Disable Bit: Yes
      Intel(R) Hyper-Threading Technology: No
      Intel(R) 64 Architecture: No
      Intel(R) Virtualization Technology: No
      *************************************************************

       

      ...then I ran the Intel® Processor Diagnostic Tool (32-bit) on the same machine (on Windows XP SP3) and the output was:

       

      --- IPDT - rev  1.36.0.1 ---
      --- Start Time: 09/05/2011 09:39:18---
      --- Skipping Config ---
      --- Reading CPU Manufacturer ---
      Expected --> GenuineIntel
      Detected --> GenuineIntel
      Found --- Genuine Intel Processor ---
      --- Temperature Test ---
      Temperature Test Passed!!!
      Temperature = 65 degrees C below maximum.
      --- Reading Brand String ---
      Detected Brand String:
      Brand string test failed!
      --- Test End Time: 09/05/2011 09:39:18---

       

      How can this CPU be classified as "Future Intel(R) Processor" given it was made some time prior to the identification software?  ...very odd indeed.

       

      Since then, I have tried the Q9400 CPU in a second, identical MSI IM-Q35 motherboard with same BIOS revision as first board but get the same results as above.  The second board had a Q6600 CPU installed so I tested it (on both boards) using the Intel® Processor Identification Utility and got this result:

       

      Intel(R) Processor Identification Utility
      Version: 4.32.20110608
      Time Stamp: 2011/09/06 02:03:51
      Operating System: 5.1-2600-Service Pack 3
      Number of processors in system: 1
      Current processor: #1
      Active cores per processor: 4
      Disabled cores per processor: 0
      Processor Name: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
      Type: 0
      Family: 6
      Model: F
      Stepping: B
      Revision: B6
      Maximum CPUID Level: A
      L1 Instruction Cache: 4 x 32 KB
      L1 Data Cache: 4 x 32 KB
      L2 Cache: 2 x 4 MB
      Packaging: LGA775
      Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) Technology: Yes
      MMX(TM): Yes
      Intel(R) SSE: Yes
      Intel(R) SSE2: Yes
      Intel(R) SSE3: Yes
      Intel(R) SSE4: No
      Intel(R) AES-NI: No
      Intel(R) AVX: No
      Enhanced Halt State: No
      Execute Disable Bit: Yes
      Intel(R) Hyper-Threading Technology: No
      Intel(R) 64 Architecture: Yes
      Intel(R) Virtualization Technology: Yes
      Expected Processor Frequency: 2.40 GHz
      Reported Processor Frequency: 2.40 GHz
      Expected System Bus Frequency: 1066 MHz
      Reported System Bus Frequency: 1066 MHz
      *************************************************************

       

      ...both boards seem to be OK with a Q6600 but what about this bizarre Q9400?

       

      Physical inspection of this Q9400 shows:

       

      INTEL 06 Q9400

      INTEL ® Core2 QUAD

      SLB6B MALAY

      2.66GHZ/6M/1333/05A

      L950B771 04

       

      ...and on the substrate:

       

      2L95153

      5A0538

       

       

      ...seems 'normal'.

       

      ...BTW, this was a 'boxed' CPU purchased from a reputable supplier about eighteen months ago.

       

      The MSI IM-Q35 motherboard user manual states that both 'Yorkfield' and 'Wolfdale' processors are supported and also indicates the board was tested with Q9450 CPU so I'd expect a Q9400 to be OK given they are both from the 'Yorkfield' family.  Technically speaking the Q6600 is not supported on this board as it's from the earlier 'Kentsfield' family.

       

      So, the question is whether my Q9400 is broken somehow or should I be looking at other possibilities?

       

      Kind Regards,

       

      pka