Consumers, in buying computers, are faced with the option of choosing a 32-bit computer system or a 64-bit system. While those with a 32-bit system may be under the impression that a 64-bit system is inherently faster, that notion comes with several caveats, mostly depending on what a consumer uses a computer for.
32-Bit vs 64-Bit
A 32-bit computer is able to process 32 bits of data at a time and 2GB of memory, while a 64-bit computer can handle 64 bits at a time and 4GB of memory. A 64-bit computer can run a 32-bit operating system, but a 32-bit computer cannot run a 64-bit operating system.
Advantages of a 64-Bit System
According to Infopackets, a 64-bit system will work fast in capacities like large scientific calculations, processing graphics and other functions that require a great deal of processing power. The system can also easily run multiple programs and switch between them.
Disadvantages of 64-Bit System
While 64-bit system can run some 32-bit software, it won’t be able to run all of them and cannot run any 16-bit software.
Smart Computing warns that upgrading from a 32-bit system to a 64-bit system is not as simple as the average computer upgrade. Rather, the process requires that every piece of hardware and software be compatible with the 64-bit.
Infopackets recommends 64-bit systems as an option for consumers who use their computers to create programs, videos, music or art as well as for large entities like governments and universities. A 64-bit system will show no noticeable increase in speed for the average consumer using spreadsheets, word processing and Internet browsing.