64 bit vs. 32 bit

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by tech4all, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. tech4all macrumors 68040

    tech4all

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    Ok this is kind of a big question I guess but what makes 64bit (software, the G5 processor, etc) better than 32 bit? I mean I know its better, mainly from everyone saying so. But why is it better? Is it faster or something? :confused:
     
  2. earthtoandy macrumors 6502

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    64-bit chips can process twice the the size of data (64 bits instead of 32) per clock cycle. obviousl;y you can see the benefit. also a 64 bit processor can address more memory. 16exabytes as opposed to 4gb.

    word processing this doesnt matter...but when we are talking about coding video and sound or games... this is a big deal. and future possibilities are vastly expanded
     

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