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Mark October 9, 2009 04:48 AM

128 bit Windows? WOW


In a secret bunker somewhere below the depths of Redmond, versions of Windows 8 and 9 are being planned. The big technology advance with them? 128 bit versions.

Interesting, especially since weíve been so slow on getting to 64 bit software. Windows 7 will be shipped in 32 and 64 bit versions, but how many people will install, or have the power to install, a 64 bit version?

If you have a dual or Quad core machine, 64 bit computing will be great. Even though the requirements say only a 1 GHz machine will support it, donít think about putting it on a single or Hyperthreaded single processor. If you do, donít expect it to be better.

Why 64 or 128? What is the difference?

Think of it this way. You are in Grand Central Station, or another busy room. Would you want a busy room to have 32 exits, 64 or 128? The more doors, the easier to move around.

Of course, 128 bit processing is a ways away. Then there is the factor that Intel and AMD are skirting the issues and keeping the hardware in 32 bit with multi-core processors. While you can have a 32 bit processor and 64 bit OS, you can still see bottlenecks on the system because of it.

128 bit computing can really change the way we work on the machines. Faster, better, easier. But once again, that is a few years down the road.

Interesting "rumor" if the next generation CPU and related hardware can move those instructions.

Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9 - Ars Technica

128 bit Windows? Don't make me salivate. - Geek News Central

gingerbee October 9, 2009 05:22 AM

very curious indeed

bojangles October 9, 2009 06:03 AM



Mark October 9, 2009 06:28 AM


Originally Posted by bojangles (Post 268116)


That's why it's in RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMOR section:biggrin:

Caldezar October 9, 2009 07:03 AM


In a secret bunker somewhere below the depths of Redmond, versions of Windows 8 and 9 are being planned.
Now imagine this line read by the movie trailer voice-over guy; with a dramatic pause after Redmond... I'd go see that movie! But it needs some action... I'm thinking Bill Gates played by Steven Segal?

SKYMTL October 9, 2009 07:07 AM

Idiotic for consumer-based products. There are next to no 64-bit supporting programs to begin with let alone 128-bit. That's not even mentioning that 128-bit processors are still half a decade away.

Arinoth October 9, 2009 07:17 AM

I don't even think any of the current generation processors are even 128 bit either...

Mark October 9, 2009 07:20 AM

If they line up there "chickens"..processor, L1, L2 cache, software...etc, etc...then were talking. So they may just be experimenting with this after all since they have more then had ample experience with 64bit os ( and lack of support ) for over a decade.

Would be pretty incredible.

trayton October 9, 2009 07:32 AM

Exciting to see how far we will push computers in the next 10 years look how far they've come in the last 10!

I have friends that have receipts of spending like $400 for a stick of 128MB RAM. lol!

VisBits October 9, 2009 09:03 AM

Most 64-bit microprocessors on the market today have an artificial limit on the amount of memory they can address, because physical constraints make it impossible to support the full 16.8 million terabyte capacity. For example, the AMD64 architecture has a 52-bit limit on physical memory and currently only supports a 48-bit virtual address space[1].

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