[mythtv-users] 32 vs. 64 bit, any significant difference?

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Thu Dec 17 17:47:12 UTC 2009

Brian Wood wrote:
> On Thursday 17 December 2009 09:46:19 am Bill Bogstad wrote:
>> Actually, too much ram can be a real problem if you are trying to
>> reduce boot times (and the BIOS wants to check
>> everything).  It can also make using suspend to disk on a laptop annoying.
> It also uses power, generates heat and costs money, not to mention the cost 
> to the planet of even manufacturing that excess RAM in the first place. 
> There's just no point in having more RAM than you actually need. 
> I have an old 0.20 combo BE/FE machine with 2 GB of RAM in it, and I've 
> never it seen it use more than 1GB. I'm now sorry I put that extra GB into it.
> Unless you are using it for something else in addition to Myth, there's not 
> much point in even 4GB in a Myth machine.
If you have a honking great master back end with a few big disks in it, the 
extra RAM comes in useful when buffering multiple streams to and from the disks.

Also if you're doing a lot of commflagging or transcoding, I would guess that 
extra RAM could make life easier as well.


Mike Perkins

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