Considering an AMD64 system...

Willem Jan Withagen wjw at
Sun Feb 29 14:19:50 PST 2004

You also might take a look at:

Where I summarised most of the previous replies om similar questions.
There's still a lot of questions not answered, but I you find any
improvements, they are always welcomed.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Henrik W Lund" <henrik.w.lund at>
To: <freebsd-amd64 at>
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2004 3:47 PM
Subject: Considering an AMD64 system...

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> Greetings!
> I'm considering investing in an AMD64-system, mainly for home/desktop
> use (gaming, programming for fun and just generally goofing around,
> trying stuff out), and as such do not need any high-end dual Opteron
> setup. I'm thinking of going in on the low-end (AMD Athlon 64 3000+),
> mainly due to financial reasons. Either way, it'll be a major step up
> from my current P3 733...
> Now, since I want to run my favourite OS on the system, I want to know
> if  the amd64 architecture is well supported. I know it says on the
> website that amd64 is a Tier 1 architecture, but from reading this
> list and checking out docs, it seems as if it's just a teensy bit
> unstable. Or is this due to fragility of the hardware (with memory
> lockups, freezing and such)? It should be stated that I am not exactly
> a newbie when it comes to FreeBSD, but in no way am I a wiz either. I
> have a modicum of programming skills, but I doubt it that they'll do
> me any good if my system goes down with some cryptic error message.
> Now, if the amd64 is indeed fully supported, this leads me to another
> question: what hardware is supported? I'm mainly thinking of
> mainboards and their chipsets here, as I reckon most of the regular
> hardware (graphics cards, sound cards, etc) are compatible with both
> the amd64 and the i386 platform (if I got the wrong idea here, please
> tell me!). What chipsets would you recommend? I kinda have my eye on
> the nForce chipset, as I understand this is good for multimedia (and
> gaming), but I'm open to suggestions.
> Many questions here, any and all answers are welcomed. Thanks in advance!
> Henrik W Lund
> Student at Østfold College,
> Department of Computer Science.
> PS: please (b)cc: me, as I'm not (yet) a subscriber to this list.
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