64 or 32 bit XP for gaming?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Colin20, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Colin20 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    Just wondering which one will be best for me to install on my MBP for gaming in Bootcamp. Pros & cons of each?
  2. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I recommend 64 bit. I have 64 bit Vista Ultimate on my MBP.

    • More memory capability being read.
    • Faster with normal use.
    • Can read/write fairy fast

    • Not all drivers support 64 bit
    • Most apps don't support 64 bit, so two apps run instead of 1

    Those are what I know, and I know there's a lot more.
  3. micsaund macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2004
    Colorado, USA
    I have had good luck running Vista 64 with the games I play (LOTRO, WAR, L4D) and no driver issues.

    If you have more than 4GB in your Mac, you'll definitely want the 64 bit version of Windows or you won't be able to see the memory. Even with only 4GB, 32 bit will only see ~3.25GB of that.

    Most games don't need, nor can they take advantage of a 64 bit environment (a few rare exceptions like Crysis or Farcry (can't remember) are available in native 64bit). But, it doesn't seem to hurt to run 32 bit games in 64 bit from my experience.

    If you install 64 bit, you can have both worlds. Install 32 and you are out of luck if you need something 64 bit.

  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Stay away form 64 bit XP. If you want 64 bit, go for Vista.
  5. Jurwin macrumors regular


    He speaks teh troof! :p
  6. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA

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