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Offline buickwaffle

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Processor bit
« on: Jul 21, 2003, 09:48 PM »
how do i tell if my processor is 32 bit or 16 bit? a friend of mine says apple is the only company that makes 32 bit processors, that doesnt sound right. well my processor is an amd athlonT xp 2500+ . and how much difference does it make going from 16 to 32 bit?

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Re:Processor bit
« Reply #1 on: Jul 22, 2003, 02:34 AM »
im pretty sure ur processor is 32 bit, cuz the new athlon 64's support 64 and 32, and what came before the athlon 64's?

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Re:Processor bit
« Reply #2 on: Jul 22, 2003, 02:55 AM »
It is a 32-bit processor, as is the P4.

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Re:Processor bit
« Reply #3 on: Jul 22, 2003, 10:06 PM »
Pentium 1s were also 32 bit right? They were the first because 486's were 16 bit if I'm not mistaking.
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Re:Processor bit
« Reply #4 on: Jul 23, 2003, 07:33 AM »
The Intel 80386DX was the first 32-bit chip. At least, the first Intel mass-produced 32-bit CPU.
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Re:Processor bit
« Reply #5 on: Jul 23, 2003, 03:11 PM »
486 chips -- the true Intel and AMD ones -- are 32-bit processors.  The 386SX was a 16-bit CPU externally, 32-bit internally.
The 486SX was fully 32-bit, in and out -- the difference being the omission of the math coprocessor (it started out as a way to sell 486 chips that turned out with the math circuitry faulty -- later, Intel changed the mask to leave the math coprocessor out entirely).