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People are using Quad cores with 32 bit operating systems. There is no advantage to trying a 64 bit OS when the drivers are not available and the software is all 32 bit anyway.
Well, that blows. I wonder if Adobe will make a patch for 64bit. I don't know if a patch will work or if it's a totally different animal. Is using a quad core worth it versus a dual core? I guess what I'm trying to say is will the quad core work on a 32bit XP Pro?
I saw some AMD quad chips today on tigerdirect and newegg and the price is around $200-$250 per quad processor. Not bad at all.
I believe FCP works and utilizes 64 bit processing. I wonder if CS3 on the mac works on 64 bit?
Right now, the Q6600 from Intel is the best "performance for the price" option. But if you can wait a little bit, the new 45nm quad cores should be out soon. The mainstream processors should be priced reasonably, and offer better performance.
PPro does utilize all four cores of a quad-core processor for all the compute intensive tasks. However, Encore CS3 seems to be a mixed bag. Only one core is used for slide show building.
There are reports abounding in various fourms about people using x64 (both XP and Vista) for their PPro work. They claim it works fine.
I've seen quite a few folks having trouble with any flavor of 64 bit OS, so it seems more of a mixed bag of results. You take your chances.