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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:22 PM
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Is Windows 64 really worth it?

I just upgraded my box to a Dual core Athlon and other prizes and I've re-installed Windows XP Professional. Now after all that chaos, I decided to look into Windows 64bit.

My question is, is the thing really worth it? Would I see performance differences, or better CPU management with it than with WinXP pro?
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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:01 PM
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Others will give more info than I can, but I believe for now there's not a huge difference. In the future, tho, with the advent of Vista and a lot of vendors getting on-board the 64-bit platform,....well, it's the wave of the future.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:31 PM
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It really depends on what you're doing. Video/audio processing; maybe, but only if ALL the software/drivers involved are optimised for 64-bit. Gaming; no. The problem is, if software were to be made to take advantage of 64-bit processors, it wouldn't run on 32-bit CPUs.

In the future, when a sizable majority of the market runs 64-bit CPUs, only then will developers make the switch. Until then, what we need to see is the larger companies putting out two versions of their software: one for 32-bit and one for 64-bit, in the same way a lot of companies release CD or DVD versions.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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That answers my question then. Thanks
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