7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 13, 2008 1:33 AM by Jonas Hummelstrand

    XP Pro 32 vs. 64

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      Hi I'm building a new system and I like the idea of more ram. Does anyone have an opinion on this or is their a reason why I shouldn't go 64 bit? I realize After Effects is a 32 bit program, but will it use the extra ram in a quad core processor multiprocessing? Thanks for any feedback.
        • 1. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          >but will it use the extra ram in a quad core processor multiprocessing?

          Yes, it will. Each instance that is rendering can have its own full 4 GB. You should leave some room for other programs, though. For me the main benefit of x64 is much more that, because each program uses its own address space, it's much safer to work with multiple apps open.

          Mylenium
          • 2. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
            Level 1
            I did do a forum search , but I couldn't find anything but possible driver issues as a reason not to get 64 bit. So I thought I would ask "that question again" sorry, and thanks for the reply. Would a better choice be to get Nucleo pro and 32 bit xp? I'm using CS3 Production Premium I'm worried about the rest of it working, or my Wacom or whatever? I'm doing this build now and I can get XP 64 new cheaper than XP Pro (the price difference isn't a concern) . I've already bought 4G of 1066 for a 32bit system, so really the only difference in the price would be the extra 4G for 64bit. But I would like everything to work if I go 64bit. Opinions? feedback? Thanks for your time and patience! I've learned a lot on this forum and really do appreciate the time everyone "donates".............dave
            • 3. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
              >I'm using CS3 Production Premium I'm worried about the rest of it >working, or my Wacom or whatever?

              Wacom Drivers are natively 64bit ever since v6.x. This should be no problem whatsoever. On my system all Production Premium apps run just fine. Getting Nucleo doesn't solve yopur problem - it is bound by the same rules as AE itself. There's no way around it: 4GB (or, if you employ an extremely ardeous hack and use Win Server 6GB) is the maximum any 32bit app can address, including the operating system itself. you shouldn't be afraid of any of this. While, unlike with some 3D programs, it is unlikely we will get native 64bit versions of most Adobe programs very soon, testing on these platforms is part of the exercise as more and more peopel are using them. This will only get better with newer versions.

              Mylenium
              • 4. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
                Level 1
                I've been curious about this too...

                Any benefit on Win XP 32-bits with going beyond 4GB installed, given the statement that each rendering process can have it's own 4GB address space? Hoping to be able to preview more than 5-1/2 seconds of HD video in AE CS3.
                • 5. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
                  Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
                  You won't get longer previews, but you will get faster previews and renderings if you can give each CPU core at least 2 GB of RAM.

                  To get longer previews, lower your bit-depth (if you are at 16bpc or 32bpc,) lower the resolution (if you are not zoomed in to 100% or closer) and use the Region-of-Interest button in the comp viewer to only render parts of the entire comp.

                  - Jonas Hummelstrand
                  http://generalspecialist.com/
                  • 6. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
                    We had a quad core system with windows 64 bit, and After Effects and Photoshop crashed every time we opened them. Adobe told us they do not support 64 bit OS, and the their programs have no tech support for them.
                    • 7. Re: XP Pro 32 vs. 64
                      Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
                      You're success with running Win XPx64 or Vista64 is totally dependant on your hardware and drivers. I know many people that run all Adobe's software on XPx64 without a glitch, but I'd recommend using a fairly new machine from a well-known brand. Apple's Mac Pro's are a popular choice.

                      - Jonas Hummelstrand
                      http://generalspecialist.com/