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Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

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    Elliot Guest

    Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

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    Elliot Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    Why does x86 mean 32 bits while x64 means 64 bits?


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    pvdg42 Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?


    "Elliot" <elliot_barclay@hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
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    Actually, you have it backwards.
    x86 means 32 bit and refers to a general class of processors (remember the
    8086/8088, 80286, 80386, etc.?).
    x64 refers to 64 bit architecture.



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    Elliot Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    "8086/8088, 80286, 80386"
    What's that?

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    > "Elliot" <elliot_barclay@hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
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    >> as title

    >
    > Actually, you have it backwards.
    > x86 means 32 bit and refers to a general class of processors (remember the
    > 8086/8088, 80286, 80386, etc.?).
    > x64 refers to 64 bit architecture.
    >
    >


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    Julian Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    "Elliot" <elliot_barclay@hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > Why does x86 mean 32 bits while x64 means 64 bits?
    >


    Stop prating around mate.

    Bumping your question will piss people off.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86


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    Steve Thackery Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    > "8086/8088, 80286, 80386"
    > What's that?


    They are Intel microprocessor models from years ago.

    So "x86" refers to the series of Intel processors based on that
    architecture. Originally they were 16-bit, but they became 32-bit. (We
    could argue about exactly what is meant by '16 bit' and '32 bit', but it's
    too anal for now).

    I haven't heard the term "x64", but it obviously refers to Intel's current
    64-bit range.

    Steve




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    ThePro Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    "Elliot" <elliot_barclay@hotmail.co.uk> a ecrit dans le message de
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    > "8086/8088, 80286, 80386"
    > What's that?


    I suggest you read a little history:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...icroprocessors

    ThePro


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    Julian Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    "Elliot" <elliot_barclay@hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > "8086/8088, 80286, 80386"
    > What's that?
    >


    Get onto google or Wikipedia for Christ's sake.


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    Mark Rae Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    "Steve Thackery" <thack@nowhere.net> wrote in message
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    > I haven't heard the term "x64"


    It's pretty much everywhere these days:
    http://search.microsoft.com/results....ng=en-US&q=x64


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    Elliot Guest

    Re: Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

    I see. Thanks to everyone.

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