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Vista 64-bit Worth Buying Yet?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:01 PM

As you probably can figure out from the title of this thread, I'm considering buying Home Premium 64-bit. I'm not worried about the specs (I mean, c'mon, I have an SLI system with 4 gb of RAM). What I AM worried about are all the horror stories I've heard about Vista having problems recognizing SLI. I'm hoping that issue has been resolved for a while with updated drivers?

To be on the safe side, I intend to wipe clean my primary HD (after backing up data, of course) and do a full clean install of the new OS. I'd like very much to be able to take advantage of my full 4 gb of RAM and 64-bit capabilities.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:15 PM

You won't notice much of difference between 4 gB on 32 bit and 4 gB on 64 bit Vista (I've tried it myself)
The beginning of this article discusses the 4 gB tradeoffs: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/vista-workshop,1775.html

I went to 8 gB and didn't notice much difference either - although I can keep a bunch of apps open when playing games (without noticeable lag).

The major concern will be that you locate all the drivers you need BEFORE upgrading. For example, I've got a TV card that I can't get drivers for, so it's useless to me.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:22 PM

All right, I can understand the point about the RAM, but there's a discernable difference between 32-bit and 64-bit when it comes to gaming, does it not? I'm also going to eventually get an HDTV and hook up my 'puter to it, although I don't know if the 64-bit makes a difference there.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:39 PM

Nope, at least not in my experience. My kids play games just as fast as I do (they've got 32 bit systems with 4 gB of RAM - and I've got 64 bit with 8 gB of RAM).
My wife and I both have 32" Sharp Aquos HDTV's as monitors - and there's no difference in display properties either. (Hers is 32 bit/4 gB of RAM and mine is 64 bit/8 gB of RAM).

The primary benefit of 64 bit computing is, IMO, the increased ability to address greater than 4 gB of RAM. But, as happened with XP and is happening with Vista - the sweet spot for memory is rising as programmers realize that they can use more memory. Once the use of 64 bit becomes commonplace - then the need for greater than 4 gB will become commonplace. In short, apps don't need more than 4 gB now - but in a couple of years that'll become commonplace.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:44 PM

Thanks, guess I'll wait a while before picking up Vista. Came into some nice birthday dough and was wondering what to do with it, lol! Think I'll get me a copy of Mass Effect.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:01 PM

BTW - Microsoft offers this program to obtain 64 bit versions for minimal cost (if you already own a 32 bit version).
Or, some of the OEM's may offer the same program if you ask their tech support.
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