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64 bit Edition?


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Hey guyes,

I have always wondered what 64 bit edtion is! Is it better or worse than the common edtion? what are some good things and bad things about it? and do i use it? I kno u all mustthink i'm a total id*** but it would be nice if someone could tell me :)

Thx everyone!

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Well I personally quite like using it, its like a somewhat more stable version of XP (or so it seems.. im sure some would argue this) the only real official plus points are ones that everyday users dont utilise eg 64bit apps (there arent many, very specialist) and addressing ridiculous amounts of memory (like 16GB.. I dont even know any motherboards that supports that).

The downside has gotta be drivers, you need to get 64bit versions of all your drivers from the vendors, depending on your hardware there may not be 64bit drivers available (and its not just old hardware like my speedtouch dsl modem that suffer this, creatives brand new high-end X-Fi soundcard has no 64bit drivers at the time of writing)

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Basically 64 is better than 32. It is a more recent windows based off server 2003, NT v5.2. It is more stable and faster. When running 64bit programs there is performance increase. Also if you are the type that might use 4gb of ram, x64 can actually properly address the full amount of that.

The negative point of 64 is compatibility. You have to have 64bit drivers for everything, check and see if you do. If you don't, don't get it...

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- like they said there is a limited ("most" new hardware has x64 drivers or they are in development, so if your only card you put in your machine is video you are fine) driver support.

- Some older software does not work (and a limited number of new software such as splinter cell 3 (last i heard))

- Few CD-mounting apps (but daemon v4 should be out this month), and the ones that are out have some problems (like only mounting ISO's)

+ Large programs (photoshop, dreamweaver, windows) load faster

+ Less lag (in performance not network speed) in games, you usually don't see more FPS, but you usually don't get as laggy (such as in RTS's when you have a ton of units on screen)

+ Control Panel Loads extremly quickly :) (this always buged me in win32)

+ More stable (as said based of win2k3 SP1 and NT 5.2)

+ "some" better spyware protection (some of the spyware won't install itself, as it doesn't seem to be compatible)

+ The feeling of knowing your running "state of the art" software while all your friends are still stuck in the age of 32-bit :P

And you can always check here to see if there is drivers: http://developer.amd.com/drivers.aspx

sry for some of the repeat answers that were already given, just wanted to "show my support".

IMO unles you can't find drivers for your hardware, or you can't run some of your software on it there is on legitamate reason not to use it .

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I personally run x64 and it runs great... Fast and everything. For a while I nervous about switching due to drivers but eventually my printer/scanner drivers were updated so now I have no compatibility issues. FarCry is the only piece of software I personally use that had x64 issues but there's a workaround or patch for solving this issue, so it's not a huge deal.

- Few CD-mounting apps (but daemon v4 should be out this month), and the ones that are out have some problems (like only mounting ISO's)
I personally use FantomDVD for mounting images (although it doesn't support mdf, it support most major images). Filedisk is another alternative, but I did originally have problems with it for whatever reason.... Edited by Screwz Luse
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I personally run x64 and it runs great... Fast and everything. For a while I nervous about switching due to drivers but eventually my printer/scanner drivers were updated so now I have no compatibility issues. FarCry is the only piece of software I personally use that had x64 issues but there's a workaround or patch for solving this issue, so it's not a huge deal.
- Few CD-mounting apps (but daemon v4 should be out this month), and the ones that are out have some problems (like only mounting ISO's)
I personally use FantomDVD for mounting images (although it doesn't support mdf, it support most major images). Filedisk is another alternative, but I did originally have problems with it for whatever reason....

You do realize that there is a 64bit edition of far cry don't you? I find it odd you would have problems in one of the few games that is actually coded completely in 64bit.

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(there arent many, very specialist) and addressing ridiculous amounts of memory (like 16GB.. I dont even know any motherboards that supports that)

Tyan

SuperMicro

and of course any of the following will happily sell you a 16GB or more machine, IBMs max in the multiples of terabytes; the largest Sun I've seen is 256GB:

IBM

Dell

HP/Compaq

Sun Microsystems (though to run XP on one of these would be a travesty)

Silicon Graphics, Inc. (would also be a travesty)

Apple (can't run XP on these yet... but hey, it does support up to 16GB)

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You do realize that there is a 64bit edition of far cry don't you? I find it odd you would have problems in one of the few games that is actually coded completely in 64bit.
Really? My copy didn't work properly the last time I tried it... Might have been my DVD drive which I had to replace the month after. I haven't tried to install it anytime lately as I don't have too much time to game. heh....

My bad for the bad info.

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You do realize that there is a 64bit edition of far cry don't you? I find it odd you would have problems in one of the few games that is actually coded completely in 64bit.
Really? My copy didn't work properly the last time I tried it... Might have been my DVD drive which I had to replace the month after. I haven't tried to install it anytime lately as I don't have too much time to game. heh....

My bad for the bad info.

http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/Produc...1_10543,00.html

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Note that Windows XP and Windows 2003 64bit editions (except 2003 datacenter) can't address more than 1TB of physical RAM... :) It's not a hardware limitation, it's an artificial one in the Windows codebase itself. Just an FYI.

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Note that Windows XP and Windows 2003 64bit editions (except 2003 datacenter) can't address more than 1TB of physical RAM... :) It's not a hardware limitation, it's an artificial one in the Windows codebase itself. Just an FYI.

lol who the hell would use 1TB of RAM? might be useful when you have 5 million applications loaded at the same time.....

although in reality nobody will have 1TB, at least in the next 20 years or so, thats a stupid way for microsoft to code

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