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Windows 7: 64 bit, or 32 bit, that is the question...

14 May 2009   #11
pominator

Windows 7 build 7127 x64
 
 

Performance Shootout--Microsoft Vista 32-bit versus Vista 64-bit - OS, Software & Networking by ExtremeTech

"In general, though, the situation with 64-bit applications and 32-bit applications on Vista 64 isn't mature yet. While a user running large data sets will almost certainly see improved performance, users with less demanding needs may actually see reduced performance."


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14 May 2009   #12
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Valid concern, and I've run plenty of performance tests myself with very few cases in which 64 bit didn't outperform 32 bit, especially when there was a 64 bit version of the software. But that's an unfair thing for me to state. I'll do a slew of tests tomorrow with x64 and x86 and post all of my findings. I can't promise totally beautiful graphs, but I'll try my best.
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14 May 2009   #13
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pominator View Post
Performance Shootout--Microsoft Vista 32-bit versus Vista 64-bit - OS, Software & Networking by ExtremeTech

"In general, though, the situation with 64-bit applications and 32-bit applications on Vista 64 isn't mature yet. While a user running large data sets will almost certainly see improved performance, users with less demanding needs may actually see reduced performance."
The ExtremeTech article (concerning Vista, not Windows 7) is over a year old. In light of the very last paragraph of the article (the one after the one you quoted), maybe things have improved since then:

"The bottom line: 64-bit Vista is certainly viable from a performance perspective, but still has a ways to go. Now if we can get all the apps developers to think in 64-bit mode, maybe we'll get better performance all around. But don't forget to stock up on memory."
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14 May 2009   #14
Noles

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I've got 4 GB as of now, but I guess the next thing to do would be to start adding more memory manually... now that's scary.
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14 May 2009   #15
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Didn't we already cover this?
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14 May 2009   #16
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Yeah, but we need pictures and #'s to make the argument stick into peoples heads
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14 May 2009   #17
pominator

Windows 7 build 7127 x64
 
 

Yes, good benchmark would be very good news indeed. I don't want to stay with 32 bits forever. Most people don't take into account the 64 bits code lenght though. It sound logical in my mind that a system with 3 gb or less of memory will run smoother with a 32 bits os as the benchmark I saw don't give any significant advantage to the 64 bits. I will take an attentive look at the fakeasdf benchmark for sure.
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15 May 2009   #18
Zagadka

Win 7, Win 8, Ubuntu (64 bit)
 
 

I don't think we'll be pointing at 64-bit systems and saying "look how great they are!" for general use, but switching to 64-bit is an improvement that will eventually be made by everyone. If you're making a system for the future, make it 64-bit for maximum lifespan...

The thing is that right now, most things are coded in 32-bit. That has inertia - notably, standing still. Pushing that to 64-bit will take its own inertia, but like DDR RAM and all the other stuff, it'll go. More programs are being written in 64-bit versions now, in a few years the main version will be a 64-bit and 32-bit will be a compatibility mode. You (almost) always want to be on the top of the tech tree.
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15 May 2009   #19
Orbital Shark

 
 

This discussion was first devised here - 32bit vs 64bit install. - saves using multiple threads
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15 May 2009   #20
Jon55

Windows 7 64-bit (7127) & Mac OS X 10.5.7
 
 

64-bit, welcome to 2007
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