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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    momo, 3 Jun 2004 @ 1:56pm

    neverming the 64bit-ness


    Nevermind that fact that an opteron is 64 bit. It runs 32 bit apps faster,cooler and is cheaper than similar 32 bit chips (from amd and intel).

    pfft. Why wouldn't someone get one?

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