The 64-Bit Question

from the who-needs-it? dept

When it comes to technology, people seem to love numbers, and bigger is always better. That explains part of the reason why AMD has been doing quite well lately with their 64-bit chip. However, Simson Garfinkel explains all of the details about 64-bit (and 32-bit) computing to explain why, unless you're doing some massive data mining or working on specific scientific applications, the only people 64-bit computing (by itself) is really helping out are the marketers who tell you need to buy a 64-bit computer. While there are performance benefits to 64-bit chips, for the most part, the benefits are because the chip is newer and made with better, more modern technology - and don't have anything to do with its 64-bitness.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2004 @ 12:03pm

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    This is exactly the same situation that existed when 32 bit chips first came out. Then after a period of time, the bulk of applications evolved to take advantage of the 32 bit processors. The key reason for uptake (othere than good marketing) won't be the amount of memory that is accessible but instead the power inherent in processor instructions that are 64 bits wide.

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