Enthusiast Look: Windows XP 32-Bit versus 64-Bit

by Rob Williams on June 8, 2005 in Software

Since Windows XP Pro 64-Bit was released, there has been a lot of speculation of whether it would help current gaming or anything else in general. I put both versions of the OS through a round of benchmarks to see if the 64-Bit does indeed offer any advantage.


For the last test, it was more of a test of interest, as there is no real evidence that a true 64-Bit enviroment would improve any of these. VirtualDub actually has a 64-Bit version, but it would not utilize the Divx Codec, so I had to use the 32-Bit version. For the test, though, I took a 105MB MPEG file, and converted it to a Divx AVI, using the highest quality (Slowest processing) setting. All results are in (Minutes.Seconds)

The conversion process was 1.1% faster with the x64. Definitely not something to get excited over. Even converting very large videos, should not see much of a difference. When the VirtualDub 64-Bit version uses Divx, we may be able to see some differences then.

With ACDSee 7, I converted 771 JPEG images to Bitmaps. They were neck and neck for the full conversion, and ended up with the identical time.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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