Write Back and Invalidate Cache


Hex Mnemonic Encoding Long Mode Legacy Mode Description
0F 09 WBINVD A Valid Valid Write back and flush Internal caches; initiate writing-back and flushing of external caches.

Instruction Operand Encoding

Op/En Operand 0 Operand 1 Operand 2 Operand 3


Writes back all modified cache lines in the processor's internal cache to main memory and invalidates (flushes) the internal caches. The instruction then issues a special-function bus cycle that directs external caches to also write back modified data and another bus cycle to indicate that the external caches should be invalidated.

After executing this instruction, the processor does not wait for the external caches to complete their write-back and flushing operations before proceeding with instruction execution. It is the responsibility of hardware to respond to the cache write-back and flush signals. The amount of time or cycles for WBINVD to complete will vary due to size and other factors of different cache hierarchies. As a consequence, the use of the WBINVD instruction can have an impact on logical processor interrupt/event response time.

The WBINVD instruction is a privileged instruction. When the processor is running in protected mode, the CPL of a program or procedure must be 0 to execute this instruction. This instruction is also a serializing instruction (see "Serializing Instructions" in Chapter 10 of theIntel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer'sManual, Volume 3A).

In situations where cache coherency with main memory is not a concern, software can use the INVD instruction.

This instruction's operation is the same in non-64-bit modes and 64-bit mode.

Pseudo Code

Continue; (* Continue execution *)

Flags Affected



64-Bit Mode Exceptions

Same exceptions as in protected mode.

Compatibility Mode Exceptions

Same exceptions as in protected mode.

Virtual-8086 Mode Exceptions

Exception Description
#GP(0) WBINVD cannot be executed at the virtual-8086 mode.

Real-Address Mode Exceptions

Exception Description
#UD If the LOCK prefix is used.

Protected Mode Exceptions

Exception Description
#UD If the LOCK prefix is used.
#GP(0) If the current privilege level is not 0.