Is It Worth Going To 64bit


  1.    24 Dec 2008 #1
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    Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    I just want to hear peoples thoughts, i have a 64 CPU, but only 32 bit vista OS, is it REALLY WORTH upgrading to 64 bit. Are all the compatability issues sorted? Really i just want to know, will i see a noticeable difference in speed?

    Thanks, Ben.
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  2.    24 Dec 2008 #2
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    Hello vistablackben.

    I just installed 64-bit Ultimate for the first time ever and I'm having no problems at all.

    The only concerns are ...

    1. Will all the programs/applications you will want to run do so in 64-bit?

    2. Are there drivers available for all the hardware of the machine in question?

    If the answer to both of these is yes; then go for it. IMO, get Ultimate, not Home Premium.









    Later Ted
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  3.    24 Dec 2008 #3
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by vistablackben View Post
    I just want to hear peoples thoughts, i have a 64 CPU, but only 32 bit vista OS, is it REALLY WORTH upgrading to 64 bit. Are all the compatability issues sorted? Really i just want to know, will i see a noticeable difference in speed?

    Thanks, Ben.
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  4.    24 Dec 2008 #4
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by vistablackben View Post
    I just want to hear peoples thoughts, i have a 64 CPU, but only 32 bit vista OS, is it REALLY WORTH upgrading to 64 bit. Are all the compatability issues sorted? Really i just want to know, will i see a noticeable difference in speed?

    Thanks, Ben.
    Hi Ben,

    I suppose it depends on if you have a 64-bit CPU, 64-bit drivers available for all of your devices, how much RAM (ex: over 3.2 GB) you have or want, and how you use your computer. If yes to these, then 64-bit could be worth it.

    The articles in this post may help answer some of your questions to though.

    64-bit: More than just the RAM

    Hope this helps,
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  5.    24 Dec 2008 #5
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    Download all the drivers for your hardware. Include printers, network card, scanners, video cards. Everything. Alot of hardware does not support 64-bit. Make sure none of your programs are 16-bit. You need 32-bit and 64-bit apps. Verify your favorite games will work.
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  6.    25 Dec 2008 #6
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    i DONT think i can get my chipset, network driver, for 64 bit, looked everywhere, this is the site for my Motherboard.

    Foxconn - Support - Downloads

    I know i can get audio and onboard graphics for 64, but need my chipset in 64. I dont really play games, just general applications, Nero, MSN, PowerISO, Office, AVG, iTunes, etc etc
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    Hi Ben,

    What is the exact model number of your motherboard?
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  8.    25 Dec 2008 #8
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    the number on the disk that came with it is 6100M2MA

    could it be this one

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
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  9.    25 Dec 2008 #9
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    Thanks, Ben.

    There are actually 4 models with the part number 6100M2MA. For convenience, I enclose both 32-bit and 64-bit links to the chipset drivers. The Realtek drivers are both 32-bit and 64-bit in the same package. Please note that the Realtek website and downloads are notorious for being extremely slow.

    6100M2MA-RS2
    32-bit nForce Driver
    64-bit nForce Driver
    Realtek
    6100M2MA-2.0-RS2H
    32-bit nForce Driver
    64-bit nForce Driver
    Realtek
    6100M2MA-8EKRS2H
    32-bit nForce Driver
    64-bit nForce Driver
    Realtek
    6100M2MA-R2SH
    32-bit nForce Driver
    64-bit nForce Driver
    Realtek
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  10.    25 Dec 2008 #10
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    Re: Is It Worth Going To 64bit


    TBH i have no idea which one, but thanks anyway, been a great help, the 32 bit ones i got from here, after running aida32 it just returns 6100M2MA

    Foxconn - Support - Downloads

    and they all seem to be working fine, so i guess model number may not make a big difference or mine is one of the above, either way, now i have the 3 essential drivers for my hardware in 64 bit, so now i will get 64 bit OS and will consider moving to it. Right now though 32bit vista is running fine and very fast, although i have 4gb RAM i am obviously not seeing that until 64. But as im not running any hardcore games or applications il stay where i am.

    Thanks for all the help, Happy Christmas, Ben
    Last edited by vistablackben; 25 Dec 2008 at 08:50.
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