AMD64 3000+ XP64 or windows MCE

Posted on 2006-03-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
Hi all,

I've seen a lot new computers coming out with AMD64 chips and Windows Media Center Installed on them. From everything i've ready MCE is  still only 32bit. I would think if you installed XP64 you'd get more out of the CPU. What type of performance can you expect out of an AMD64 with 32bit windows? i.e. is it comparable to the same speen athlon?

Question by:tonkajeep34
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    I have an Athlon64 3000+ in one system and an Athlon64 X2 3800+ in another.  Even while running 32-bit software, you will benefit from the fast Hypertransport bus that it uses.  Real world benchmarks confirm that these cpus are among the fastest desktop processors, even running 32-bit software:
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    What OS do you run on them.

    The one i have seems pretty fast. Just sort of fickle... might be the actual chip or MB. like right now it's running Snapstream Beyond TV and been working fine and the interface just locked up... sorta weird
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    I am running WinXP Home on the X2 3800+ and Win2K on the 3000+.
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    Hello TonkaJeep34,
      I believe the solution to get the best of everything here is quite simple. Buy your 64 bit CPU with whatever OS you like. Upgrade it to WinXP 64 if not already on it. After that just downloasd the media Centre Edition "Component" onto the OS & it'll work fine. Note that what Windows Calls the spiced up "MCE" is really just an add on to an Win XP 32 bit OS at this stage on most PCs that they sell with it. The MCE "patch" (I like to refer to it as a patch since thats what it really is... hehehe) is thus supported by the backward compatible WinXP64 or beta Vista.
    Regards, Zubin

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