What’s the Difference Between 32-bit and 64-bit?
You’ve likely heard the terms “64-bit” and “32-bit” when it comes to computers. But what do they mean? Tech Talker explains just what these bits are and why the difference matters to you.
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It’s because the computer world is in transition. We are transitioning away from 32-bit and moving to 64-bit. This transition is frustrating because when a software developer writes software, he has to write two versions, one 64-bit version and one 32-bit version. However, if a developer doesn’t have the resources to write both, then they will default to writing a 32-bit version because it works on both types of systems.
This is the biggest reason why 64-bit computers aren’t truly twice as fast as their 32-bit relatives. It would be like putting regular gasoline inside a racecar. Without optimized programs, the computer can’t meet its full potential. It is only a matter of time before we transition completely to 64-bit computers and software programs. But for now, it’s a good thing that many large software developers create software for both types of systems.
Here are your Quick and Dirty Tips for 64-bit and 32-bit systems:
32-bit systems are limited to 3.2 Gigabytes of RAM.
64-bit systems allow for faster processing and up to 17 Billion gigabytes of RAM.
If you have a 64-bit system, you should use 64-bit software whenever possible (but can still run 32-bit software).
If you have a 32-bit system, you cannot run 64-bit programs.
In this episode, I talked a lot about the different components in your computer. If you want to know more about each of these components, such as RAM and processors, be sure to check out my episode on the inner workings of your computer.
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