Newbie Sempron/ISO question

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at
Fri Feb 2 09:26:32 UTC 2007

On Friday 02 February 2007 15:46, Thomas Roberts wrote:
> While searching through a poster said
> the k8-class CPU is an Athlon64 locked in 32-bit mode
> and if anyone has this CPU they should be using the
> i386 ISO.

I believe you can get 64 bit Semprons but they are AM2 or AM3 only.

> Whether I use the i386 or amd64 ISO I will be putting
> the CPUTYPE?=k8 in my make.conf file so my question is
> "Since I am specifying the CPUTYPE should I stay with
> amd64 or start over with i386?"  I am not worried
> about not having 64-bit capabilities, but I am worried
> that using the i386 ISO will not use the CPU to its fulest.

I don't think that running it in i386 mode will have a negative impact on 
performance - possibly the reverse due to cache size.

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