View Full Version : 64 or 32 bits? Recomendation for PC with 4GB RAM?

June 7th, 2012, 07:48 PM
Should I install 12.04 with 64 bits or 32 bits in an Intel dual core with 4GB RAM? 32 bits should be able to address up to 4GB RAM but will I get a better performance if a install a 64 bits version? I will be using the PC mainly for Python programming and I would like to get an optimal performance.

June 7th, 2012, 07:56 PM
I install 64 bit with all my 64 bit processors now.

June 7th, 2012, 08:06 PM
64 bit is slightly faster, but it takes a bit more RAM. On any machine with at least 3GB of RAM, I would go for the speed boost (i.e. install 64-bit). Unless you have a specific reason to use 32-bit (i.e. some driver bug), I recommend 64 bit.

June 7th, 2012, 08:13 PM
I have been using 64bit Ubuntu 12.04 with 4 gig of RAM for sometime now, and really have not had any problems because of the 64bit version. A year or so ago I had some flash problems but that was fixed. Go with the 64bit.
I have been using this version since last December when Alpha 1 came out. Did the testing all the way for Alpha 1 to the final release with no problems to speak of.

June 8th, 2012, 04:51 AM
Its not just how much ram you have to determine 32-bit vs 64-bit.

I ran a Handbrake on a 32-bit install on my 64-bit machine - fps avg = 40

The same Handbrake version, same video file running 64-bit ubuntu. Handbrake recorded 104 fps! Over twice as fast. The 64-bit libraries play a big role.

June 8th, 2012, 05:04 AM
64 bit all the way, only downside is sometime soon Adobe is done making 64 bit flash for linux, read about it on OMG Ubuntu. On a upside Google will continue to make adobe 64 bit flash on the chrome browser for linux.