Today’s 64-bit computer systems
bring us a lot of computer power. Over the past few years, 32-bit systems have
become the standard. They have given us great computing capability over the
past few years, but it’s clear that the progress made by 64-bit computers makes
it a very attractive computer.
Even though these advancements
are quite remarkable, there is a lot of confusion about just what this big
brother of the 32-bit computer system can and cannot do. No, it isn’t twice as
fast. No, it isn’t impossible to find software that runs on it. So, what is the
big deal about 64-bit? Furthermore, what does 64-bit mean, anyway? This article
will answer these noteworthy questions.
It All Starts with 1 bit
All computers, of course, work on
digital platforms. Every program you open and every other kind of action you
take on your computer moves a pile of 0’s and 1’s around. The sensational and
remarkable things your computer does for you are possible because of its
ability to add series of very large numbers that consist of 0’s and 1’s.
One digit in the realm of
computer technology can only be a 0 or a 1. We call this a bit. In our everyday
world, digits consist of 10 numbers each. In other words, we use a decimal
system. Computers use digits consisting of 2 numbers; a 1 or a 0. This system
is what we know as a digital system.
The largest 8 digit number in a
decimal system is 99,999,999, or 1 short of 100 million. The largest number
yielded by 8 digits in the digital world is 256. 8 digit digital numbers are
really popular in computer technology; they are called bytes.
Byte Sized Digits
In one Hertz of an operation, a
32-bit computer is …
We have all sat at an office
computer or library computer and experienced a lightening fast response. Or
perhaps you had this experience upon firing up a brand new computer. You click
on a website and its there in an instant. Once you have had that experience it
leaves you wanting more.
If you’re among the many sitting
at home wishing they had a speedy computer your not alone. There are a number
of little things that add up to a huge difference in overall computer speed.
These aspects are not complicated once understood and the good news is it’s not
expensive either. Obviously some parts to the equation are more important that
others but if you take nothing else from this article understand that your
computer can only run as fast as its weakest link.
The first bit of good news is
that you can start replacing these weak links and make some great upgrades to
your computer system without spending a mint. Usually refurbished components
are not the first viable idea that comes to mind. However with recent leaps in
testing technology refurbished computer parts are often just as good if not
better than new. This new testing technology is so good that all major
manufacturers are now selling refurbished units with great warranties. This has
never before been the case.
So what is the weakest link of
most computers you’re probably asking yourself? Typically the weakest link is
the amount of RAM the computer has. RAM is a form of memory your computer uses
that allows multiple functions to occur without it bogging down to a snails
pace. As a rule of thumb you need a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM. Ideally you
should target 3 or more. The good news is these RAM chips are …