System requirements for Windows x64

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Funny how much of a disparity there is between minimal & recommended
system requirements between Intel and AMD processors on the same
operating system is.

"Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions require server hardware that is based
on the x64 platform. These servers feature AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon
with EM64T or Intel Pentium 4 6xx series microprocessors. On the AMD
side, Microsoft requires a 1.4 GHz or faster processor, while Intel
users will need a 2.8 GHz Xeon or 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 with
Hyper-Threading technology, or faster processor. However, Microsoft
recommends faster Intel processors for the best experience: a 3.6 GHz
Xeon or Pentium 4."
http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/win2003x64_preview.asp

Yousuf Khan
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.intel,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    "YKhan" <yjkhan@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1113169306.779887.43480@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > Funny how much of a disparity there is between minimal & recommended
    > system requirements between Intel and AMD processors on the same
    > operating system is.

    > "Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions require server hardware that is based
    > on the x64 platform. These servers feature AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon
    > with EM64T or Intel Pentium 4 6xx series microprocessors. On the AMD
    > side, Microsoft requires a 1.4 GHz or faster processor, while Intel
    > users will need a 2.8 GHz Xeon or 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 with
    > Hyper-Threading technology, or faster processor. However, Microsoft
    > recommends faster Intel processors for the best experience: a 3.6 GHz
    > Xeon or Pentium 4."
    > http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/win2003x64_preview.asp

    Huh? These are comparable processors, aren't they?

    DS
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.intel,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    The requirement is simple : a processor with 64 bits x64 instruction set

    This mean:
    Amd Athlon 64
    Amd Opteron
    Intel Pentium 4 with "EM64T" (this include pentium 630 to 660)
    Intel Xeon nocona with 800 mhz fsb
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.intel,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Johannes wrote:
    > Why this CPU speed? Will Windows x64 run slower than Windows x32?

    The way Microsoft works it, every new operating system generation
    requires a faster processor and more memory than the previous gneation.
    So yes, this would be just keeping with tradition.

    Yousuf Khan
  4. Archived from groups: comp.sys.intel,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    YKhan wrote:
    >
    > Funny how much of a disparity there is between minimal & recommended
    > system requirements between Intel and AMD processors on the same
    > operating system is.
    >
    > "Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions require server hardware that is based
    > on the x64 platform. These servers feature AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon
    > with EM64T or Intel Pentium 4 6xx series microprocessors. On the AMD
    > side, Microsoft requires a 1.4 GHz or faster processor, while Intel
    > users will need a 2.8 GHz Xeon or 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 with
    > Hyper-Threading technology, or faster processor. However, Microsoft
    > recommends faster Intel processors for the best experience: a 3.6 GHz
    > Xeon or Pentium 4."
    > http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/win2003x64_preview.asp

    Why this CPU speed? Will Windows x64 run slower than Windows x32?
  5. Archived from groups: comp.sys.intel,comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Johannes wrote:
    >
    > YKhan wrote:
    >
    >>Funny how much of a disparity there is between minimal & recommended
    >>system requirements between Intel and AMD processors on the same
    >>operating system is.
    >>
    >>"Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions require server hardware that is based
    >>on the x64 platform. These servers feature AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon
    >>with EM64T or Intel Pentium 4 6xx series microprocessors. On the AMD
    >>side, Microsoft requires a 1.4 GHz or faster processor, while Intel
    >>users will need a 2.8 GHz Xeon or 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 with
    >>Hyper-Threading technology, or faster processor. However, Microsoft
    >>recommends faster Intel processors for the best experience: a 3.6 GHz
    >>Xeon or Pentium 4."
    >>http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/win2003x64_preview.asp
    >
    >
    > Why this CPU speed? Will Windows x64 run slower than Windows x32?

    I've seen the last x86-64 XP beta running on a P4 that was
    underclocked to something like 1.6 or 1.8 GHz. That machine was
    a dual booter with the x86-32 version of XP as the other OS - and
    speedwise their didn't seem to be much difference between the
    x86-64 and x86-32 versions of XP.

    I've found similar results with the 32 and 64 bit versions of XP
    on AMD64 systems: you need a stopwatch to tell them apart.
    Speed differences that are noticeable without a stopwatch only
    happen with some of the 64 bit apps - and there are not a lot of
    those out there yet.

    However, the 64 bit version is more RAM hungry than the 32 bit
    version. Migrating from the 32 bit XP to the 64 bit XP on an
    Athlon64 3000+ system is not pleasant if you only have 512 MB of
    RAM. Plan on adding a 256 MB DIMM to your system just for the
    additional demands made by the new OS.
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