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64 bit processor?

by FLaKes / December 17, 2004 10:17 AM PST

Is the athlon 64 processor good compared to pentium ht. Im not considering the m processors because battery life isnt a concern. Do the 64 bit processors work good on all multimedia applications? I am thinking on getting the hp that has the 64 processor but I think they only have It with a shared video card, or I might get the dell 8600 if the 64 bit processor isnt that good. What do you reccomend for me? I have a 1500 budget.

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64-bit Processors
by Digidoc / December 18, 2004 5:03 PM PST
In reply to: 64 bit processor?

A fanatastic subject! I need the help of the experts as well, with the near future bringing 64-bit applications (with 'near' meaning *before* we buy our next Notebook upgrades). In my own reading & with my personal need for Adobe Photoshop still-photography graphics, I have concluded (perhaps erroneously), that AMD 64-bit Athlon is currently a leader in the price/capabilitites arena. However, like my predecessor, I worry (perhaps needlessly??) about shared graphics (such as Intel) vs. dedicated (such as some ATI video). We in the still-photos & multimedia group are on the cusp of a develping arena......and we need your help.
I would love to own the 'perfect' 12"-14" notebook for this hobby, with my *particular* plan to *routinely* do my visual work on a high-quality, secondary 23"+ widescreen monitor powered from my notebook computer. I don't know how how many others do this sort of notebook/monitor combo photography work, but i expect it will only increase. I look forward to your sincerest thanks.

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Near future?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 18, 2004 10:33 PM PST
In reply to: 64-bit Processors

Sorry, but 64-bit applications are already here for us to use. XP SP2 used it if available, Virtual Dub uses it, XP-64 is out and we have Linux in 64-bit. There are some other apps, but it's here and now, not tommorrow.

For CS majors, this is a big deal. Get the right iron.


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Athlon 64
by FLaKes / December 18, 2004 11:58 PM PST
In reply to: Near future?

The thing is that I can get a Compaq R3000z 64 bit athlon notebook, and I was wondering if it is recommended for multimedia applications. (3dmax, photoshop, macromedia stuff, etc.)

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See (HP and Compaq models)
by KenSanramon / December 20, 2004 4:45 AM PST
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The Compaq and HP sister Athlon 64 models have a Nvidia video card with up to 64mb dedicated video RAM. That is not up to extreme gaming as a 128mb dedicated video card would be (and the ATI 9600/9700 is the best of these) but 64mb dedicated will still play many games (Doom 3 at reduced settings) and do fine with most video applications.

I think the Gateway Athlon 64 models at Best buy also come with up to 64mb dedicated video (see Best is the best choice for HP/Compaq as it has the most discounts and you can completely customize it. See for best pricing and specs and also price out both the HP and Compaq models as they are the same internally and pricing can vary between the two all the time.

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