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Ernest
10-11-2009, 04:36 PM
In case anyone was feeling constrained by the 64-bit limits, it seems you just need to wait for 2012: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1558030/windows-plans-leaked

Riza
10-11-2009, 04:59 PM
so...we'll wait again? :D

Captain Obvious
10-11-2009, 06:23 PM
A few things to consider...

* There are currentl NO x86 128-bit CPUs. Heck, there are NO desktop-appropriate 128-bit CPUs currently in production or even announced or planned* for any instruction set.

* 64-bit memory addressing allows you to access up to 17 179 869 184 gigabytes of memory. The biggest memory modules you can purchase today are four gigabytes each. If it keeps doubling every ~18 months, you're looking at around thirty bloody years before you can even physically fit that much memory into a single machine.

* 128-bit CPUs are not actually faster than 64-bit or 32-bit ones.


* It's The Inquirer, for crying out loud! Have you all lost your minds?

COBRASoft
10-11-2009, 06:32 PM
I agree with you Captain.

Technological, it should be possible already. DEC Alpha was 64-bit more than 10 years ago! I was a lucky 'boy' of 17 years old being able to work and install such computers back then. I find that the personal computer is awefull late to jump on the 64-bit wagon.

About the memory, it becomes time for IBM's memory crystals, but I guess it's too early for that since they would have TB's of memory and it would take ages to even clear the memory on boot :)

probiner
10-11-2009, 07:24 PM
About the memory, it becomes time for IBM's memory crystals, but I guess it's too early for that since they would have TB's of memory and it would take ages to even clear the memory on boot :)

ROFL
"Whats the problem?"
"Gun is too big!"

hrgiger
10-11-2009, 07:31 PM
Who cares about 128 bit? Where are the fembots damn it?

artstorm
10-11-2009, 07:35 PM
The biggest memory modules you can purchase today are four gigabytes each. If it keeps doubling every ~18 months, you're looking at around thirty bloody years before you can even physically fit that much memory into a single machine.

If (and that's a big if, I guess) the theory of accelerating change (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerating_change) turns out to be true we might get there much faster though.

I agree with the Inquirer reliability though. :)

Lightwolf
10-12-2009, 02:26 AM
I agree with the Inquirer reliability though. :)
Only if you take them more seriously than the authors actually do ;)

Cheers,
Mike

Magnus81
10-12-2009, 12:54 PM
I actually read about this from different sources, so it's a real development. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_examining_idea_128bit_successor_windows_ 7
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/10/microsoft-mulling-128-bit-versions-of-windows-8-windows-9.ars
Not sure I'm really interested in 128 bit yet, as 64 is adequate for my needs, but an interesting development non the less. Not to mention the already stated fact that there are no hardware supported for this yet.

Lightwolf
10-12-2009, 04:30 PM
I actually read about this from different sources, so it's a real development. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_examining_idea_128bit_successor_windows_ 7
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/10/microsoft-mulling-128-bit-versions-of-windows-8-windows-9.ars
Those are all the same source though ;)
And 128-bits can mean a lot without a proper context. Anybody remember that LW renders 192 bits? ;)

Cheers,
Mike

Magnus81
10-12-2009, 07:52 PM
Mike, you're spoiling all our fun. Let us beleive in rumors ok, we've got nothing better to do considering there's no LW Core news!

COBRASoft
10-13-2009, 02:21 AM
Same here, my first 'PC' was a Pentium II (had to for high school studies). I've own an Amiga 1200 + 1260 and a VAX 3100/40 VMS.

archijam
10-13-2009, 08:33 AM
This is old news.

My first computer:
http://oldcomputers.net/pics/c128d-name.jpg
http://oldcomputers.net/pics/c128d.jpg

Not exactly the C64 'killer' ...