[PD] [half OT] laptop processors for rt sound (32/64)

julien.breval at tremplin-utc.net julien.breval at tremplin-utc.net
Tue Jun 14 17:55:12 CEST 2005

hi Derek,

> > most programs are optimized for the 32 bit operating systems currently, so 
> > they may run slower on a 64 bit ... 
> Not really true. Lots of (most?) Linux apps seem to run fine on 64bit. 

Yes, but actually the problem rather comes with ms windows; apart from my linux 
pd/ardour/scilab music system, I use some windows xp programs like max/msp and 
have no information about their performance under windows xp64 (in 32bit mode)

> The issue here wouldn't be so much the speed by the compatibility. I 
> don't know how far PD is with 64bit optimizations, for example, and you 
> might still have some problems with binary-only drivers under Linux, so 
> 64bit may or may not be worth your money. I end up running PD in 32bit 
> mode because I had problems loading soundfiles to tables in 64bit. Check 
> the list for postings from thewade about other 64bit issues.

I saw this. This looks like one more reason to choose 32 bit. According to what 
I read across the Internet about processors for notebooks, the Pentium M 
(centrino technology) looks very good for realtime audio. The AMD equivalent 
(Sempron) should be good too, but I didn't find much information about it; 
maybe someone here has a laptop with this type of cpu ?

thanks for your information,

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