No matter if you are a computer programmer or just a just savvy consumer, you probably have run into the options of choosing between 32-bit or 64-bit programs. But what does it exactly mean or how does it impact the product performance? This will be a no brainer guide to help you understand about the 64-bit architecture and how it outperforms the 32-bit option.
Like most things in our world, we often automatically think the more the merrier and that’s also the case with 64-bit operating system and software. Let’s start with the basics. Unlike how we measure things with decimal numbers, computers operate with a binary number system meaning a string of 1’s and 0’s. The bit-value of a processor measures how many bits are required for its memory addresses. This means that the address of a location in 32-bit computer memory has 32 bits, while 64-bit computer uses 64 bits in each address.
In order to calculate the maximum amount of memory a processor can interface with, you can take 2 and raise it to the power of number of bits you have. A 64-bit system can run 264 different memory locations. Central processing unit (CPU) contains small slots of memory called registers which use to load data into and operate on. CPU chooses the size of each register by the size of its memory addresses. Processors use their register to store data to perform, so more room means more values can be stored.
Therefore, the more bits you have, the more information you can represent. Programs that are graphics intensive and require lots of operations on pixel and color data will benefit greatly from larger registers, as there are large numbers being operated on.
What does 64-bit processor mean?
A 64-bit processor is a microprocessor with a word size of 64 bits required for memory and data intensive applications. 32-bit systems became limited, since it could only address up to 4 gigabytes of memory. Nowadays, there are many applications with a memory of more than 4 GB to process. There are much larger files in size, especially for videos and games.
Benefits of 64-bit computing
Disadvantages of 64-bit system
All the benefits of 64-bit architecture definitely outweigh its downsides. A 64-bit system will be an economical option for you, as it manages more data, serve more users and run more applications with less hardware. If you want to catch up with advanced technologies coming out, it’s time to update to new and better standard by integrating the equipment and software to 64-bit. You can start out with our Zenbility V8plus model which is the first mini DLP projector utilizing the 64-bit architecture in the market. Check out our brand new V8plus projectors here: