16,32,64 bits

By CompuGeek247
Jul 13, 2003
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  1. Hi I have always wondered what has been the difference between all these bits. When i got my first computer years ago i started out at like 16 bit i think. Now im at 34 bit. I just read a thread about 64 bit. What is the differences between all these bits? is it like tighter graphics. Forgive the newbish question but i am still learning everyday
  2. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    how much memory

    they can address.........
  3. filthy_mcnasty

    filthy_mcnasty Newcomer, in training Posts: 89

    it's tighter graphics, bigger files, just more in general.

    the bitcount of your processor (which is 32 and not 34 unless you're running something martian) just signifies how many distinct numerical values it can recognize.

    a bit is simply a one or a zero. the number of values is 2 ^ bitcount

    so, a 16 bit computer can see 65536 (64kb) values
    32 bits can have up to 4.2 billion (4gb) and the newer processors / OSes coming out soon will be able to see 4.2 billion squared. that's a lot. what that means for you is that you'll be able to have files on your new computer much bigger than 4gb and (in theory) your color depth on your monitor can go waaay up as well (which you probably w*ouldn't even notice, the human eye is a bit more limited). current OSes are also limited to 4gb of RAM because that's the largest amount it can recognize. (HDs are different). hope that helps you understand a bit (pun intended)
  4. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    it's about the max size of the registers of the processors

    ther registers is where all the basic operands and statuses of the processor are stored and the values it can operate on in the fastest time.
  5. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    it's about all of this, and more

    get the picture.....we can't write a book ;)
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