- Home Premium Version
Good product-a revisit after 3 months 10/20/2008
This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders
Stable, fast, capable of handling 8 GB of RAM, most drivers are recognized immediately or can be found easily, runs all x86 softwares I use (which is pretty much the majority, since x64 softwares are still fewer) including non-Unicode+DirectX 9 titles. It does not consume a whole lot more memory than Vista x86 (1.4GB vs. 1.1GB after boot, this desktop vs. a Sony Vaio Laptop running x86 Vista with 4GB installed/3GB usable)
Works well with my E8400 @ 3.6 GHz, Gigabyte EP45-DS3R, 8GB DDR2, WD 640 GB, eVGA 8800GT, D-Link PCI wireless card (kind of old, not remembering the model number), Rosewill flash card reader.
Drivers require digital signature, therefore some programs are harder to install. My HP LaserJet 1012 still has no driver (common problem to both x86 and x64 Vista)-can be worked around using LJ 1300 driver, more likely an HP problem. My Canon LiDE 25 scanner driver works fine, but CanoScan Toolbox behaves weirdly compared to x86 Vista-can be a software issue too. And indeed there are fewer x64-native programs so it's hard to brag to your friends that your particular program(s) can eat 5GB.
I was concerned about Vista before I built my new desktop; my other Sony Vaio laptop (Vista x86), while working fine, it is slow in different aspects-may due to Sony's bloatwares. I tried Ubuntu x64-a nice OS-but there are things a windows platform is needed and Wine won't cut it. A closest-spec'ed Mac Pro will cost near $3000 and I don't think Mac is particularly easier to use. I decided to give x64 Vista a try and what a pleasant surprise! Sure, it's a brand-new machine with a few old components, but everything inside was recognized by the OS, followed by nVidia driver installation manually. Installation took about 20 minutes, faster than my old Windows 2000.
x64 Vista driver issue does exist, but it is resolving and really blown out of proportions by its opponents. I am not a big benchmark junkie, but 3DMark06 (a 32-bit/DirectX 9, non-native to x64 Vista) posts 12903, comparable to similar system under XP. It deserves more credit than what its reputation has provided.
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