32 or 64 bit Windows 7 in Bootcamp on my new iMAC 21.5"?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MACza, May 11, 2011.

  1. MACza macrumors member

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    Hi All

    My question is as per the Title of this thread - would I see any benefit in using the 64 bit version of Windows7 over the 32 bit version? I can get both at the same price...

    I plan to install Win7 on Bootcamp, then use Parallels to virtualize it - then I have the best of both worlds i.t.o. flexibility in using Windows side-by-side with MACOS and exclusively if the need arises. Unfortunately I do coding on WIndows and NEED to have Windows as well (Sadly :().

    Thanks for any pointers!
     
  2. Georgio macrumors 6502

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    100% go with 64 bit, 32 bit is a dying breed.
    Win7 gives you two disks one of each flavour go with the 64 bit.
     
  3. Deedolito macrumors regular

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    As the 32bit version isn't able to use the 4GB of RAM, a simple: go for 64bit!!!
     
  4. MACza thread starter macrumors member

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  5. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    Will I have problem with any games if I use windows7 64 bit? Any compatibility issue I should aware of?

    Does the games take advantage of having RAM >= 4Gb on 64bit? I´ll use BootCamp Windows only for gaming since OSX have all productivity apps I need
     
  6. Georgio macrumors 6502

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    I have Win7 64 bit and apart from issues I'm having with the GPU which is not related to the OS all my games run fine.
    There was a problem with my TrackIR not running in 64 bit, but once they released a 64bit version everything worked.
    Win7 64 bit is so good now it would be criminal not to go with it.

     
  7. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    ^ Thanks for your answer, sir

    Anyway ..
    Is there any benchmark comparison on gaming between Windows 32bit vs 64bit? Will I notice any improvement using 64bit instead? FPS increase or some sort?
     
  8. theSeb macrumors 604

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    No real world difference in gaming.
     
  9. desantii macrumors 6502

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    I recntly installed 32 bit on my brotehrs new MBP and windows can only see 2.2 GB of 8gb of ram, So definitely 64bit
     

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