64-Bit Windows? Wait for Longhorn

From PCWorld

After more than 18 months of delays, the shipping version of Microsoft’s Windows XP Professional X64 Edition operating system is finally here. But even if your PC has a 64-bit CPU, we advise waiting for Longhorn, Microsoft’s next-generation Windows due out in 2006, unless you work with data-intensive programs such as video rendering, 3D animation, or CAD and engineering.

 

XP X64 can process data in 64-bit chunks and address a whopping 128GB of RAM (up from 4GB in today’s systems), allowing a dramatic increase in performance by keeping most of the data an app might need in RAM rather than on the slower hard disk.

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