That’s really great information. Intel’s vPRO/AMT is always worth considering when selecting and configuring a device. The HAP bit mod is a new one on me, so thanks.
I could have been more artful in my response to the OP who seemed to be asking the question: “Why not the latest and greatest CPU for a Qubes OS platform?”
A more refined response, on my part, would have been to say that one needs to consider personal interests/requirements as well as the total cost of ownership (TCO) both in terms of money and one’s personal time.
If you’re an organization or individual with deeps pockets, or if having the latest and greatest is your thing, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with running with a Purism device with a Comet Lake cpu. The Qubes Hardware Compatibility list has listed some great options.
If you’re someone who has the technical savy or “spirit of adventure,” then the The Qubes Hardware Compatibility list documents the hard work of those who have contributed their experience with a multitude of platforms, and that should prove useful.
If you’re an individual or ogranization looking for a Qubes OS device option with the lowest TOC (Money & Time), then the Community Recommended Hardware List provides some well thought out options. I’m personally in this camp, and am planning to pick up a t430 with an i5-3320m and 8 GB of RAM in the next few months. The prices are dropping (currently under $100) on the online auction sites, and availability of replacement/upgrade parts is far superior to the Sony Vaio’s I’ve been using and abusing for years.
IMHO, there really isn’t a “right” answer regarding the best choice in CPUs or devices for Qubes OS. Rather, a choice of options one of which will likely best suit your own use case. Picking up a t430 (i5-3320m) provides a very cost effective solution with a great level of compatibilty and community support. Moreover, you can upgrade at your leisure (e.g., 4 physical cores via a i7-3840QM) and others have made a shopping list for your convenience.