Intel® Processor Identification and the CPUID Instruction
Intel® Compiler Options for Intel® SSE and Intel® AVX generation (SSE2, SSE3, SSE3_ATOM, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2) and processor-specific optimizations
......Which processor is targeted by default?
- On IA-32 systems running Windows*, /arch:SSE2 is on by default. On IA-32 systems running Linux*, -msse2 is on by default. The resulting code path should run on the Intel Pentium 4 and Intel Xeon processors with SSE2 support and other later Intel processors or compatible non-Intel processors with SSE2 support.
- On IA-32 systems running Mac OS* X, -xSSE3 is on by default. The compiler may generate SSE3, SSE2 and SSE instructions and the code is optimized for enhanced Pentium M processor microarchitecture.
- On Intel 64 systems running Mac OS* X, -xSSSE3 is on by default. The compiler may generate SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2 and SSE instructions and the code is optimized for the Intel® Core™ microarchitecture.
For information about other, older processor targeting options and their relation to the recommended options above, see