SSE2 Emulatlor For XP

Posted on 2006-05-05
Last Modified: 2010-05-18

Is it possible to get an SSE2 emulator for Windows XP for my AMD Athlon XP Processor?  I want to buy a program which needs an SSE2 processor, but this means I will have to do a full computer upgrade just to use this software program.

On the spec it sayd that it needs a 1.4GHx processor with SSE2.  I have a 1.6GHz processor without SSE2.  So was wondering if there is any way I can get it to work on my computer with Windows XP?

Question by:narmi2
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    SSE2 is basically just optomization instructions in the CPU. An emulator even if it existed would accomplish nothing. All SSE2 does is make certain code run faster in the processor. If your processor doesn't support SSE2 the code should still run, it just won't run as fast.

    What kind of software is it? I'd be very suprised if it actually required SSE2 to even run. Most likely it's just recommending it and the processor speed for performance reasons.
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    I wanted to purchase Adobe Premiere Pro v2.0 and Adobe Encore DVD v2.0.
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    Ahh, unfortunately those kind of programs are the rare ones that actually do require it :(

    But no, there is no emulation software for SSE2. There'd be no point to making emulation software. Think of it kind of like how video card 3d acceleration works. Sure, you could probably software code emulation for new Direct 3D features etc., however the performance of it would make it totally pointless. A perfect example of this is something like the newer 3D Marks. Watch the CPU tests and how slow they run. They are using software emulation of 3d.

    Bottom line unfortunately, is if you want Premiere and Encore, you are going to have to look at a system upgrade.
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