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AMD Athlon 64 3500+

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Sorry to bother anyone, but I'm going to buy a brand new laptop with a AMD Athlon 64 3500+ CPU- but does this CPU run on a 32 bit Windows XP? And, Will i be able to use a 32 bit compiler which I use on my current Windows XP edition (32 bit) ? Thank you much for the information. Marmin.

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It will work fine in 32 bit everything. 64 bit is an option, not a requirement, and nearly everything will work fine on an Athlon64 just like it was a normal, non-64 bit CPU.

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The short answer is yes you will be fine. My notebook is has and AMD 64 3200+ runing WinXP home and everything is happy.

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The Athlon64 implements a 32 bit mode, that is compatible with previous x86 cpus, and a 64 bit mode, that allows execution of 32 and 64 bit application (but not 16 bit application anymore).

So yes, you can use your 32 bit OS and compiler without problems.

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OK thanks very much- and this AMD will not be overheating too much on my new laptop? Or should I buy a Intel equivalent instead. With all those discussions it's very difficult for me to choose a CPU that will last for 3-4 years.In short: will it overheat more than an Intel?

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An Athlon64 will probably be a little warmer than a Pentium M, but much cooler than a Pentium 4. And it will likely perform better than the P-M.

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Aha thank you. And now i'm asking all those questions- an AMD will have the same life span as a genuine Intel(r) CPU with the same performance? (cuz i'm going to use the laptop heavily and at least for 4-6 hours a day)..

As a matter of fact my currect laptop had a Duron 1 ghz and it performed excellently. But the overheating was kind of bad, I could use it to heat my room... that fact always amazed me (but after 4 years it still works however!)

Thanks.

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Don't worry about durability. I'm using a 64- 3200+ and I've been using it at least 8 hours a day. Working just fine, and a lot cooler than my old pentium. No problems at all.

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Great! I can only guess what it feels like to operate a 64 bit CPU on a Mobile laptop.. great times we live in..

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