I’m sure none of you really think you need to know that much about the processor in your computer. You might even brush off this post because you don’t feel you need to know much. If that’s the way you feel, I’m going to ask you a very simple question. Does the processor in your computer support the SSE2 instruction set? I bet very few of you even know what that means and even fewer know if their processor supports it or not. Once again, I bet many of you are saying “who cares”.
So what if there was important software you wanted and it required this instruction set? In fact, that desired software flat out won’t install on your computer without these instructions. Now I bet you really want to know the answer and you can find out in a couple of minutes without spending any money.
I guarantee you that you will want to know this information in the near future. So take a couple of minutes and find out now. The first step is to download the free CPU-Z utility. Once downloaded, install it and run it.
You want to make sure that your list includes SSE including number up to at least 2.
Those of you who are real system geeks will probably appreciate a lot of the other information included. If you are simply going through this exercise because I told you to do it, you don’t have to worry about anything else. If your system supports the SSE2 instruction set, just make a mental note of this. Those of you who have a system that doesn’t support SSE2 may want to consider shopping for a new computer soon.
I’m sure you are still wondering why this information is so important. I’ll give you more details on this in a future post. Don’t worry, it won’t be that long. Just believe me that you’ll want to know if your processor supports SSE2 and CPU-Z allows you to find the answer very quickly.
Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.