amd64 or i386 for desktop use?

RW fbsd06 at
Thu Mar 6 12:27:53 UTC 2008

On Thu, 6 Mar 2008 07:35:34 +0000
"Colin Adams" <colinpauladams at> wrote:

> On 06/03/2008, RW <fbsd06 at> wrote:
> >
> >  Everything I've every seen about this suggests that amd64 is
> > faster on a few applications, such as mp3 encoding, but generally
> > there is very little difference, on average, across desktop
> > applications. Do you have any measurements to support that 20%
> > figure.
> I do on Linux (if that is relevant - I'm not clear if the question is
> FreeBSD specific or not):
> See

but your binary also grows to 5 times the size of the 32-bit version,
it doesn't seem, in any sense, to be a typical desktop application.

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