Why use 32-bit?

Why even bother with 32 bit color? Can't tell the diff between 16 bit. And when does the resolution start to make a diff?

use GF2 and 750 AMD w/ Viewsonic 21" (P815) convince me that 32 bit even matters or is it just an ego extension.
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  1. Sometimes (like 5% of the time), you can actually tell the difference.
    32bit just 'covers all the bases' basically and extinguishes any color shading problems at all. In the early days of graphics cards the difference was actually significant and 16bit would yield more performance than running games or apps in 32bit. Now at days there is literally no difference in performance so everything is defaulted to 32bit.
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