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Windows 7: I don't see the advantage of running x64

16 Apr 2010   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

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...But I made the same observation as you have - there is really no perceived performance gain...
I agree to a point. I don't think we'll see any really significant performance differences until 64 bit OS's become more commonplace, making it economically feasible for developers to commit to making tight, optimized code in x64 apps.

I do like one thing about x64 though. Having 8 GB of memory lets Superfetch load up a whack of stuff for quick access, and some video editing and transcoding software will work with the video file in RAM, rather than on the hard drive. There is a discernible difference there. Just for day to day, I have to agree with you. There isn't much of a difference.


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16 Apr 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks SIW2. I'll try that out. I would not bought 64bit. But I needed an additional laptop and 64bit is all you can buy these days - besides the laptop came with 4GBs.


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some video editing and transcoding software will work with the video file in RAM, rather than on the hard drive. There is a discernible difference there
That is probably one of the areas where 64bit makes a lot of sense, especially with a lot of RAM. Quad cores seem to do well in those applications too.
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16 Apr 2010   #13
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

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That is probably one of the areas where 64bit makes a lot of sense, especially with a lot of RAM. Quad cores seem to do well in those applications too.
Funny thing, I haven't really found a video type program that will use all of my cores. Most will push one to 100% and the others just do the normal thing, and some will use two. But at least I can hang about on the internet while I transcode stuff.
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16 Apr 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is probably one of the areas where 64bit makes a lot of sense, especially with a lot of RAM. Quad cores seem to do well in those applications too.
Funny thing, I haven't really found a video type program that will use all of my cores. Most will push one to 100% and the others just do the normal thing, and some will use two. But at least I can hang about on the internet while I transcode stuff.
Try Format Factory - Free media file format converter Also WMM (publishing) makes use of all cores (at least on my Q6600).
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16 Apr 2010   #15
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is probably one of the areas where 64bit makes a lot of sense, especially with a lot of RAM. Quad cores seem to do well in those applications too.
Funny thing, I haven't really found a video type program that will use all of my cores. Most will push one to 100% and the others just do the normal thing, and some will use two. But at least I can hang about on the internet while I transcode stuff.
I'm still using Vegas 6 (!) and it does in fact use all cores.
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16 Apr 2010   #16
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Thanks for the tips. I'll give those two a look.
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