Netbooks with Intel Atom N450 why no 64-bits?

January 12, 2010 at 19:40:23
Specs: Windows 7 x86, 1.66 / 1-2GB
Why is it that new Netbooks shipping with Intel's newly released N450 Atom CPU are coming with a 32-bit OS installed? More often then not it is a Windows 7 variant.

My two theories are that a 64-bit OS eats battery life quicker defeating the Atom power trickle. However, more likely I think it is because the vendors ask, "it's a Netbook, what would you need a 64-bit OS for?" Where I say, "…because I paid for it."

Here are Intel’s N450 specs:

Would it be worth it to upgrade a Netbook with my own 64-bit OS? Would I loose weird Vendor battery saving OS tweaks that I can't replicate with a Vanilla install?


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January 12, 2010 at 21:39:08
32bit os? I think the laptop has less than 4gb(512mb,1gb) if u decide to upgrade ram to 4gb or more(if the system lets u) u can upgrade to 64bit to take advantage of ram.<32bit os recognize up to 3 or 3.5gb & 64bit os recognize 4gb or more but that doesn't mean it can't recognize 512mb or 1gb>

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January 13, 2010 at 05:16:46
What apps would you run on the netbook that would benefit from a 64 bit OS?

The processor still needs to do the extra work. The atom isn't cut out for it.

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January 13, 2010 at 12:53:31
It is still a 32 bit world. Maybe the OEM suspects that programs and drivers would be more fully available to the 32 bit version.

Also the almost twice the memory and ram needed for 64 bit.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 13, 2010 at 18:44:26
I expected the, "...why would you ever do such a thing..." responses, which are more than valid.

I guess my largest complaint is, part of buying the hardware is buying the OS, so why would a vendor ship an OS at half the hardware's capability. This is frustrating to me (maybe others) who wipe the drive and reinstall right out of the box...I hate trialware and am a control freak.

It is a 32-bit world, especially for light weight, common, cloud heavy functionality. But why is the Atom even supporting 64-bit at this point if there were major downsides like resource consumption resulting in significant battery loss.

Personally, I think HP and Dell have one too many 32-bit Windows 7 boxes sitting on their shelves and they're trying to pawn them off on users more likely to say, "...ah, 32-bit is good enough."

Again, any benchmarks or other supporting data showing overall Netbook degradation with a 64-bit OS?

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January 13, 2010 at 19:18:14
It is not the benchmark issue. It is the amount of ram and the size of the hard drive that would be one of the issues.

What exactly do you think is any advantage of 64 bit??

Second would be drivers for what people have already. They may have cameras or printers or scanners that do not support 64 bit.

Third would be applications that a common user may wish to sport on that micro laptop.

As to Intel they know their product design supports both 64 and 32 bit. One could make a small server board or system with that processor. It would not be the typical user that a micro laptop user might be.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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