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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    Jeff R, 3 Jun 2004 @ 12:53pm

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    Unless you need more than 4G of memory address space in your box... There's all kinds of different workloads (including the 'embedded appliance' that the company I work for makes) that would take advantage of more memory pretty easily.

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