-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> So, I did an SMP/i386 install. I cannot say I regret it since everything > runs absolutely smooth and fast here. > > On the tecnical side (not practical) was it correct to give up 64 bit > processing? This is a question to which there is no simple answer, other than 'It depends.' What it depends on are such things as: * software compatibility with 32 or 64 bit system * what application load you require * how large the disk and memory structures you're dealing with are * how much RAM you have You'll find that programs like databases that have to do large amounts of IO benefit greatly from being on a 64bit system, especially if that system is fully populated with memory and disks. On the other hand, really compute-intensive programs can often gain on a 32bit system by virtue of being able to fit more 32bit sized objects into cache RAM. Desktops tend to be run at 32bit because of software compatibility problems. Machines with Nvidia graphics cards need to be 32bit in order to use the Nvidia accelerated graphics driver. As it is, for your server it seems that you have achieved that happy performance level of "fast enough." Anything else is just gravy. Cheers, Matthew - -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard Flat 3 PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9PW -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.4 (FreeBSD) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org iD8DBQFHBoKV8Mjk52CukIwRCNgRAJ4vB8AhlbMtTsenzX+A1RvUdGTjZwCdFiND 2LLzNVMlNYjuZalUsUXyeEc= =jEbr -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"