Originally Posted by rincewind
im excited now
My primary desktop is a AMD 64-3400 with a Radeon 9800 XT, I love it to death, but the reason I got it had nothing to do with 64 bit OS or the promise of future 64 bit games. I got it due the fact it was benching out to be even faster than the hottest non -EE intel offerings running 32 bit win XP-pro, at a fraction of the EE intel cost.
You can get the beta of 64 bit XP now, and it has tested slow so far. Be wary, very very wary of pumped up performance claims. When MS finally releases the commercial OS, expect a long ramp up of driver optimizations and so forth. Also keep in mind that the 64 bit OS will run 32 bit apps SLOWER than the older 32 bit OS (it will be running them in a 32 bit emulator, and one that MS admits will suffer performance wise). Unless all of your software happens to be native 64 bit, expect an overall system slowdown. I would listen to the promises of 30% performance improvement in the 64 bit OS from any developer with a healthy dose of skepticism. You have no way of knowing what kludge OS they used to run their test, what tradeoffs in OS stability they made, what homemade graphic drivers they may have used.. etc..
Sure sometime down the road WinXP 64 bit will rock all of our worlds, but you can rest assured, you will be looking at very different hardware by the time that comes to pass. Any system you have now will be obsolete by the time WinXP 64 reaches critical mass in the commercial sense. By the time enough of your software is native 64 bit, by the time ATI tweaks their video drivers enough, by the time the motherboard drivers are optimized etc, you will want a new machine..... for now just be content that AMD makes a great alternative to the Intel near monopoly.
I still wouldn't trade my AMD64-3400 desktop for any non EE Intel alternative ... but the hope of 64 bit gaming doesn't enter in the the equation in the least ...