So if i'm on leopard and on alu imac does that mean...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by togermano, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. togermano macrumors regular

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    Leopard is running in 64bit mode and even safari is a 64bit app?
     
  2. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    Yes Leopard can run 64 bit applications, and you have 64 bit processor.
    That doesn't mean Safari is a 64 bit app though. Leopard can run both 64 and 32 bit process seamlessly.
    Very few applications out there would see any benefit from being 64 bit (only applications that need to access massive amounts of data).
    The only application that I know of that is included with Leopard that is 64 bit is "Chess.app".
     
  3. design-is macrumors 65816

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    I'm a bit clueless on this... what difference would it make?
     
  4. togermano thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looks like safari isn't 64bit then :( Because when i run chess it says intel 64bit.... Does a 64bit version of firefox exist?
     
  5. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    From what I gather it lets your computer work with files larger than 4GBs much faster because it can load the whole thing into the RAM, or something like that...

    Why would you want a 64 bit web browser?
     
  6. togermano thread starter macrumors regular

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    It can also proccess longer lines of coding faster since its 64bit..... thats why i want it

    it can proccess 64bits of code at time instead of 32 bits... which could make it twice as fast....
     
  7. Bobbi Flekman macrumors regular

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    Wrong and wrong. 64 bits means that the registers are 64 bits wide, so it can use larger numbers and address a larger memory base. It might even be slower then a 32 bit CPU as the address pointers to the memory take longer to process. Larger numbers does not automatically mean faster.
     

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