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Postby 50 cents on Mon Sep 15, 2003 4:30 pm

what benefits will a 64bit computer have that a 32bit won't?..
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Postby CDRecorder on Mon Sep 15, 2003 9:35 pm

I think that the idea is that it can do more things in a single clock cycle, or something like that. In any case, it's supposed to make the computer faster. :D
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Postby 50 cents on Mon Sep 15, 2003 10:40 pm

well is the next pentium chip or prescott going to have 64bits or 32?
and if it is will there require a new mother board for it?
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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Sep 15, 2003 10:44 pm

Definetly a new motherboard will be needed, I'm not sure if it will be 64 bit though, others probably know though.
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Postby David on Mon Sep 15, 2003 11:16 pm

If I recall corectly the Prescott is going to be 32bit. If you want to go 64bit you can go with AND Athlon64 after it's official release on the 22nd.
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Postby Silentbob343 on Tue Sep 16, 2003 12:11 am

You won't notice a performance increase with a 64 bit proc unless the software is written to take advantage of it. Microsoft was supposed to have the 64bit version of XP out in mass by Christmas but it may not happen. The thing that makes the Athlon64/FX and the AMD Opteron-server version better than AMD's current line is due to several improvements in the architecture of the chip.

One of the biggest is an onboard memory controller running at the processor speed and no longer have to communicate with the North Bridge. Things like Hyper Transport as well as the addition of SSE2 are some other benefits.

Now with a 64 bit OS and 64bit app the proc can chew through data in 64 bit chunks as opposed to the 32 bit.

Be aware while the G5 proc is 64 bit Apple still does not have an OS to support 64 bit yet. Most likely they won't do it themselves and leave it to those BSDers to figure it out and then add it to a future OS version.

I've heard rumors the Prescott with the 775 format might have 64bit compatibility that can be enabled in certain motherboards. http://www.neoseeker.com/news/articles/ ... ware/2526/

The Prescott will initially ship in a format to fit in today's P4 boards, socket 478, but will evolve into a newer 775 pin format without pins. The connectors will look more like tiny spheres.

I recommend going to www.maximumpc.com and asking this question in their forum under hardware. There are many people that can give you more technical details on the above processors.
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