Does 64 bit Safari have any advantages over 32 bit?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Bonsai1214, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, i read about how the extra bittage allows for usage of more ram, but seeing as i only have 2gb of ram, is there a notable difference? because i really want my adblock back..
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    There are other advantages of 64-bit than just addressing large amounts of RAM. Here's a good article on it: http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/08/mac-os-x-10-6.ars/5

    I wouldn't worry too much about the 3rd party app - developers will most likely be releasing updates in the near future. In the mean time, you can just run Safari in 32-bit mode. If you don't like the performance difference (if you notice it), then you can decide whether you can do without the 3rd party app.
     
  3. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502

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  4. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    Safari is a particularly odd case, since its javascript engine actually works in a different way in 64 bit mode. It gets a nice speedup.
     
  5. CWallace macrumors 603

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    It seems to crash more often in 64-bit mode (when using the "Save Picture" command). Not that it crashes regularly, but it never did in 32-bit under OS X 10.5. And I'm not running any plug-ins, now, so you'd think it be more stable for that, if nothing else. :confused:
     

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