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Re: Promoting i386 version over x86_64?



On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 8:18 PM, Ikem Krueger <ikem krueger googlemail com> wrote:
> Except, that could be false advertising. In most cases, where CPU
> computation is not used heavily, 64-bit is actually SLOWER than the 32-bit
> counterpart. Optimizations are narrowing the gap, but it still remains
> true.

Why then should someone prefer 64bit over 32bit?


4 Reasons:

1: Date/Time stamp, Unix time doesn't work in 32-bit past 2038 (not really affecting us much, most of us will replace our PCs long before then)

2: Access more than 4GB of RAM (definitely becoming increasingly important)

3: Enhanced performance-critical computational capabilities (if you do a lot of complex HD photo, HD video, or HD audio work, or if you do a lot of raw complex math on your computer, this is EXTREMELY important)

4: Better virtual machine performance

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