64 bit VS 32 bit

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware & Builds' started by Zer0-One, Jul 5, 2009 with 8 replies and 209 views.

  1. Zer0-One

    Zer0-One Experienced Member

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    Gimme the pros and cons of 64 and 32 bit processors.

     
  2. poncinator

    poncinator Newbie

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    Here's What I know...
    32bit Cons
    -You cant go over 4Gb of ram
    -Cant run 64bit applications of course
    32bit Pros
    -Basically every application and driver is compatible except for 64bit Apps and Drivers of course
    64bit Pros
    -You can go over 4gb of ram
    -64bit applications will go faster
    -64bit is becoming standard
    64bit Cons
    -32bit applications can actually run slower on a 64bit OS
    -Not all 32bit applications are compatible
    -A lot of people say that there are not many drivers for 64bit but that was like 3-4years ago.
    -So im sure there aren't to many, if any, driver problems now.
    Oh and heres a huge killer if your a 360 modder!
    -Basically almost every App and Driver for modding 360 firmware, dvd drives and other stuff does not work on 64bit except for a select few...


    I personally have Dual Boot set up on my pc.
    I have Vista 64bit and XP 32bit on my pc so i can continue modding!
    I get the best of both worlds!:thumbup:
     
  3. Madman340

    Madman340 Seasoned Member

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    Pretty sure you can't run 16-bit programs on a 64-bit OS either.

    And the RAM restriction is based upon both VRAM and SRAM, so if you have 128mb of onboard graphics memory, you will have 3968mb(4096 - 128) left over for SRAM.

    So if you have a graphics card with 1gb of memory, you only have ~3GB left.
     
  4. Haxalot88

    Haxalot88 VIP VIP

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    64-bit applications are actually generally slower in both run-time and boot-up than 32-bit counterparts. The big bonus with 64-bit applications is the additional memory, along with the fact that it's becoming the new standard. Sure drivers have to be made to be 64-bit compatible, but it's defiantly the best way to go if your processor supports it (and you actually have more than 3.5gb of ram).
     
  5. poncinator

    poncinator Newbie

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    Oh yea, I notice you said processors.
    If its between processors, then 64bit will always be better overall because you can still go with a 32 bit OS and I'm sure the performance will always be better.

    If its between a 32bit OS and a 64bit OS and you only want one OS on your PC then id say go with a 32bit OS. A lot more Apps are compatible (especially if your a 360 modder).

    If you plan on having more than 4gb of ram then go 64bit.

    If you need your 360 modding tools and they don't work in 64bit, then Dual Boot your PC with 32bit and 64bit lol.
     
  6. Psycho Homer

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    You can use more that 4GB on a 32-bit os. It is called Physical Address Extension or PAE.
     
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    Zer0-One

    Zer0-One Experienced Member

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    ok. so 64 bit processor is better, but 32 bit operating system is better too.

    can you install a 32 bit OS on a computer with a 64 bit processor? any drawbacks if you do?
     
  8. Psycho Homer

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    Saying a processor is 64 bit just means it has support for 64bit operating systems.
     
  9. poncinator

    poncinator Newbie

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    Yes you can install a 32bit OS on a 64bit processor.
    There are no drawbacks to this.
    It could actually make performance better.

    Im pretty sure that all new processors that come out now are 64bit.
    That is why if its between the processor id say always go with a 64bit Processor so you have more options in the future.

    And choosing between a 32bit and 64bit OS is all preference and opinion.
    It depends what you want to use your PC for.

    I personally think a 32bit OS is better cause of all the compatibility for what i do.
    But I wanted a 64bit OS on my PC too so i can take advantage of my processor.
    Soooo... I Dual Booted my PC!
    So i can have both a 32bit and 64bit OS.

    Also, Im pretty sure 64bit will eventually become standard in a few years.
    It would be illogical not to get a 64bit processor.
    Unless 128bit processors are made!!! lol.
     

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