Originally Posted by Apocalypse
I'm in a real dilemma here. I'm trying to decide between, u guessed it! The 8790 and 4750? In my mind the 8790 is a better laptop, and the 4750 has the better technology. However a crucial descision for me is say hypotheticaly a 64bit version of maya or photoshop, or other such program was to appear, would the 8790 be able to run it at all with its 32bit intel; and if not is it not foolish to buy the 8790?
The point is I really like the 8790, it seems like the fastest thing around, but if its not gonna last me 3years for the reasons described above, should I really get it?
You just answered your own question unless I read it wrong...Within the next year I would assume 64 bit applications will start showing up. Windows is looking for the next best to get people to buy and 64 bit is what it will take for users to jump from the XP ship to a newer platform. They have to keep up with Linux 64. By the time Windows 64 comes out, Intel I'm sure will have their 64 bit processor on the market.
I've heard rumors that Intel is reverse engineering the AMD64 but you know how reliable internet rumors are. (I'm still waiting on Bill Gates and Walt Disney to send me a check for forwarding over 1,000 e-mails to my friends...Laugh!)
If you think your laptop will be used for the next 3 years or more, then get the AMD64. If you think you won't need 64bit apps and you will have the money to buy another laptop in the next year or so, then get the Intel.
BOTH are excellent choices and great machines you will be happy with either- it's just a matter of how much does the 64 bits mean to you?
Right now it means ABSOLUTELY nothing unless you use Linux.
But it may mean something in the near future