Originally Posted by donkey33
So why do people even get anything other than an AMD 64 if they run your stuff better than intel and are 64-bit?
That's a very good question that I am unable to answer. A64 runs most things faster than a P4 with a 32 bit operating system and the A64 can run 64 bit which will be very interesting by the end of the year. 64 bit Windoze, 64 bit drivers from ATI/Nvidia and 64 bit Far Cry (and Half Life 2 / Doom 3?) should
be better able to handle larger maps and be 15 - 30% faster. So instead of - for example - 50fps, you should see 57.5-65.
The only real advantage P4 has is video encoding and frankly I do so little that the difference between 3 minutes and 3.2 minutes is trvial since A64 is consistantly better in games.
Originally Posted by xxh0lywarsxx
64 bit wont really be useful until there is a 64 bit os out, an even then any 32 bit pogram will have to run in a 32 bit emulator unless you dual boot, also if it runs in an emulator it will run much slower than on an actual 32 bit os.
What is your source for that? I haven't seen anyone saying that when 64 bit windoze is released, 32 bit apps will run slower than on 32 bit winodze. In beta form today with very immature drivers, yes, but that's not the same as the full release. And, of course, even if you have to run dual boot, the A64 is still a better choice. Run 32 bit if you have to and its faster than p4 (usually) and run in 64 bit and the p4 can't even boot.