1.66 Ghz Intel 32 or 64 Bit ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chewedpen, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. chewedpen macrumors member

    chewedpen

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    Just wondering if anyone knows if the new intel mac minis are 32-bit chips or 64-bit chips ?

    Were the 1.42 PPC mini's 64-bit ??

    Thanks for the info !
     
  2. badmofo9000 macrumors regular

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    All the G4 chips were 32 bit. The current Core Solo/Duo chips are 32 bit. I believe the Core chips were indeed 64 bit but have the extra bits "turned off" permanently at the factory. The next mobile release from Intel called Merom, due out fall/winter this year will be 64 bit.

    The only PPC chip that apple used that was 64 bit was the G5.
     
  3. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

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    Name one program that benefits from a 64-bit processor.

    By the time programs that greatly benefit from a 64-bit processor come out, you'll want a new machine. Don't worry about the 32-bit Intel chips.
     
  4. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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    are you saying buying current intel apple products isn't a good idea?
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Un, no. It just means that you're not going to need 64-bit until 64-bit applications are necessary for all tasks. 32-bit applications still rule the consumer market.
     

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