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I am not a totally software geek so, what do bits do with a system? 16 32 64 bits, whats the difference? When I change my display to 16-bits it looks difference, is that all it does? Make it look different? What does it really do, why is it better/worse? Why do AMD CPUs run better on 64 bit systems? Why do CPU run different on different bit systems?
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Its to do with how much data can be transferred along a bus simultaneously, buses are the method of conveying data from one processor to the next and from processor to hardware, so a 16bit system can send 16bits of data at once a 32bit can transfer twice that and the 64 twice that again, and the more data per cycle the better(usually as more data the more can be done in every cycle).
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So the more bits a system has the better it will run? (In theory.)
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