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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is not completely true. Some vendors have cut bus lines allowing the processor to boot entirely without ME. The u code is never loaded and the CPU never sees the embedded processor. Effectively killing ME.

[–] SuperConductiveRabbi 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

What bus lines? Isn't it on the same die?

[–] RoundWheel 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

No. It is not part of the die. It's part of the companion chipset which provides for memory controllers, bus arbitration, external cache management and peripheral access.

[–] lifes-not-fair 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Which vendors? They should be supported.