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Windows 7: 32bit vs 64bit on 2gb Ram

26 Jan 2010   #1
awjm

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
32bit vs 64bit on 2gb Ram

This maybe asked a million times, but will win7 32bit run faster on a 2gb system vs running win7 64bit on same system ??


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26 Jan 2010   #2
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Minimum requirements for 64-bit version is 2gb so your at the lower end. 64-bit is much happier with 4gb though.

Given the age of your hardware, Id go with 32-bit.
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26 Jan 2010   #3
awjm

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Kool, thanks
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26 Jan 2010   #4
theronin

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

With the prices of DDR2 these days, jam 8 in there. My setup is screamin at x64 + 8GB + SSD.
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26 Jan 2010   #5
awjm

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theronin View Post
With the prices of DDR2 these days, jam 8 in there. My setup is screamin at x64 + 8GB + SSD.
system can't go past 2gb
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26 Jan 2010   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Windows 7 32 bit. It works nicely in 2 gigs. 64bit has a harder time with drivers, ram, and resources.
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26 Jan 2010   #7
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Windows 7 32 bit. It works nicely in 2 gigs. 64bit has a harder time with drivers, ram, and resources.
Unlikely - I've had zero issues, and you need more memory. Bioshock 2 recommends 3GB for the Steam release, and I suspect its optimised for 64-bit. Even for multitasking, 7 will swallow it and manage it properly.
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26 Jan 2010   #8
awjm

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Comparing both after a fresh install 32bit is noticeably faster on my machine ....
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26 Jan 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Most people proclaim that 64 bit is way faster...but I think once they put a stopwatch to it...they will find that it's not really any quicker for 99% of the applications they run and the things that they do. That's been my experience with identical boxes running 4GB of RAM. Obviously the apps that are 64-bit do show improvement...but for me...it seems more of my apps are still stuck in 32-bit.

For me, 4GB is the minimum for 64-bit. Any less and 32-bit is likely the better option as far as I am concerned.
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26 Jan 2010   #10
Capella

Windows 7 64 bit build 7600
 
 

Hmmm, Even with four gigs of memory, I have never ever used more than two gigabytes at one time. But four gigs would have definitely helped with superfetch and everything.
64 bit pros-
  • more security
  • faster disk
  • SLIGHTLY faster performance on good hardware
Cons-
  • More ram to load at startup=more bootup time
  • some graphics drivers do give a lower wei score
  • 16 bit applications
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