A friend of mine just got a Athlon 64 3700+ and was wondering if he should bother installing XP 64-bit yet. Seeing as the driverbase is rather limited atm I told him not to bother. Software needs to be specificly written to take advantage of it for any differences in performance.
So are there any real good reasons to change? And feel free not to mention security as an argument.
Well, I just got an Athlon 64 3700+ as well, and I plan on installing XP x64 Edition once I get it up and running. The driver support is improving, you should be able to obtain workable drivers for most of your hardware now.
Why upgrade? Simply because that without a 64-bit operating system, you aren't taking full advantage of the power of your CPU.
Not worth it. True, you can chatter on and on about how, without a 64-bit OS, you aren't fully realising the potential of the CPU. But very few people ever talks about how, without programs recompiled for a 64-bit platform, you still don't gain anything.
Driver support is still spotty enough (under Windows, at any rate) that you're taking a bit of a risk on that front, and you have to ask yourself: do I really need to be able to address more than 4GB of physical memory and/or 64GB of virtual address space? That's the biggest strength of 64-bit CPUs, after all.
I don't think it's worthwhile, especially if you're talking about paying for XP-64 if you already have a perfectly good copy of XP or 2000.
That and you need 64-bit drivers for all your hardware
The more I think about it the more potential problems I see on the horizon. My friend isnt that much of a computer wiz so I guess my own spare time would suffer the consequences.
I have an AMD 3700+ too, but I'm still using regular old WinXP. I do have the x86-64 version of suse which I use occasionally, but thats all.
You can either agree with meor be wrong.
12th November 2003
got a AMD64 3500+
just the normal XP though..
I had to install x64 because i lost my product key for XP(32bit), overall xp64 has been a pain in the arse,
I no longer can use my printer (which i had just bought new ink for)
Xfire doesnt see that i have CoDUO installed so my online time no longer registers (because you have to manually install UO i think is why Xfire doest see it).
Finding a antivirus was a pain, norton is not supported at this time (great to find out after i had just renewed my subscription $30 almost down the drain)
Several other programs i use to use no longer work (power dvd, my Dell DJ drivers etc.)
I just hope Santa brings me a new copy of XP so i can get rid of this BS and get back to doing things the old fashion way
I could give a crap less about using my system to its fullist at this time i just want to get back to doing the things i enjoy doing
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
You can trade a copy of XP Professional for x64 as long as it was a retail version (i.e. you paid £300 for it). However, it's not worth it as most programs aren't designed for 64-bit OSes yet.
Iv used Fedora Core 3 64bit edtion and I can not really tell the difference in speed between it and 32bit. Only time where I did see the speed was on loading time for programs but for everything nothing really. Linux does have way better 64bit support than Windows but still not worth it. Theres still some more programs missing that you need.