Windows Vista - 32bit or 64bit?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by FRKT, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. FRKT macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    I'd appreciate it if anyone could offer me some advice on whether to go with the 32bit or 64bit version of Vista on a 4-core 'Nehalem' mac pro. I've read that some drivers will fail to work under this version of the operating system - is this the case for the hardware in the Mac Pro (particularly the HD 4870)?
     
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  3. FRKT thread starter macrumors member

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  4. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    I would install Vista 64bit.

    1) No 4GB file limit
    2) Maps to +6GB of RAM
    3) Faster overall.
     
  5. FRKT thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. So there are no issues with the hardware in the 'Nehalem' Mac Pro and 64-bit drivers?
     
  6. Brien macrumors 68020

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    I have 64bit on my MBP, drivers shouldn't be an issue. Applications might not want to run but there's a compatibility mode that usually fixes that.
     
  7. FRKT thread starter macrumors member

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    ... and I've already made sure there are 64-bit drivers for the ATI Radeon HD4870. Great! Thanks for your help everyone.
     

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