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A really bad tech article
by Andrew on Fri 26th Mar 2004 15:44 UTC

That article was so bad I had to write a letter to the newspaper:

Dear Mike,

I am writing to complain about this article: "Cutting-edge chips to transform computing
64-bit processor can handle more games, DVD copying
March 25, 2004
BY JULIO OJEDA-ZAPATA"

This article is fraught with inaccuracies. The whole premise is false.

Going from 32-bit to 64-bit is in no way inherently 2X faster. No way. Memory paths are still only 32-bit wide, you can't speed up the memory copies. There already exists 64-bit floating point math, it's called the SSE instructions and they are already used today.

Gamers will not benefit greatly from going to greater than 4GB of RAM. Most of them are only using 512MB today, if the benefits were so great why don't they ugrade to 1 GB? The reason is that there no huge lurking benefit.

And although you can convert DVD's on today's 64-bit CPU's there is only a marginal benefit for the reasons previously mentioned.

The author really needs to check his facts. He's dead wrong on this article.

Best regards,
Andrew