I want a Macbook... do I wait for a 64 bit?

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  1. omernisar macrumors newbie

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    Are 64 bit dual core mac books happening anytime? Is there a reason to wait
     
  2. Ashapalan macrumors 6502a

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    G5 was 64 bit, core duo isnt but is faster...
    i dont understand:(

    So a core duo with 64 bit will be superfast?
     
  3. omernisar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Exactly. Does it matter abotu the 64bit chip or not?
     
  4. Blind Buzzard macrumors member

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    Whether to wait or not probably depends on the amount of use that is expected of the laptop, and what types of apps you are plan on running.
     
  5. omernisar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am a gadget/tech whore. Thats about it. I will prob run some photoshopping, some web developing, stuff like that.
     
  6. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    64 bit is a non-issue for non-professionals. 64 bit computing allows a single app to address more than 4 GB of ram...so people doing HEAVY photoshop, or video editing, or CAD programs, would benefit most from 64 bit.
     
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    Cosidering OS X isn't 64 bit, nor are most apps, I wouldn't sweat it.
     
  8. Blind Buzzard macrumors member

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    I don't think I would wait for the simple fact of getting a 64. But I would give the macbook some time and make sure all the kinks are worked out.

    Just my thoughts on new stuff.....

    But then again, it would be great to get the "newest" gad and be the first on the block! Of course, something new is always right around the corner!

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. omernisar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just read articles about Intel's core duo road map, and the desktop core duo 64 bit isn't coming till september. And asides from that they won't be available till 07."swee guys" (Cartman voice)
     
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    i always thought it was 64 bit. So what are tigers 64 bit capabilities?
     
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    OSX - 64 bit features for G5. Who knows for x86. Not that we can use the just announced 64-bit AMD dual cores anyway.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/64bit/


    It seems like there's already a bit of a wait for the macbook, do you really want to add goodness knows how long for a product based on an unannounced chip from Intel?

    Of course if you just want the fastest Mac out there right now, there's the Quad G5:

    "The Quad G5 got the highest score we've ever seen on the CPU-stressing CineBench rendering test: 1,104. The Pentium EE840 overclocked to 3.6 GHz recently got a 667, and an Athlon 64 4800+ overclocked to 2.7 GHz scored 775. CineBench is a multithreaded app, so the more cores or threads your system can handle, the more efficiently your workload gets done." - from PCmag.com review
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1904636,00.asp
     
  13. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    Well if you need to have the latest and greatest you'll have to buy a new computer every 1/2 year anyway, so I see no reason to wait. For the tasks you describe here a 1ghz G4 would be enough, so no need to wait for 64 bit Core Duos either.
     
  14. revisionA macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like the Quad concept is a great one! Imagine if they hadnt lowered the FSB from 1.35 to 1ghz?
     
  15. omernisar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That quad G5 is ****ing sexy. I wonder if I should get rid of my Desktop. But I really want some media center functionality, for the sexbox 360
     
  16. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    Since you can't put more than 2 GB on new iMac nor MacBook Pro, there's no inherent advantage to going 64-bit (unless you are in a specialized field doing heavy number crunching). I don't know if Mac OS X supports 4 GB maximum RAM capacity afforded by 32-bit Core Duos (aka "Yonah"). If it does, I would like to know whether two new Macs can accomodate not-yet-announced 2 GB PC5300 DDR2.
     
  17. kyeblue macrumors member

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    the 64bit intel machine will come first to replace the PowerMac line. I don't think that 64 bit macbook will come any time soon. the iMac downwards from 64bit to 32bit suggest so.
     

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