Why does x86 mean 64 bits while x32 means 32 bits?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Elliot, May 17, 2007.

  1. Elliot

    Elliot Guest

    as title
    Elliot, May 17, 2007
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    Elliot Guest

    Why does x86 mean 32 bits while x64 means 64 bits?
    Elliot, May 17, 2007
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    pvdg42 Guest

    Actually, you have it backwards.
    x86 means 32 bit and refers to a general class of processors (remember the
    8086/8088, 80286, 80386, etc.?).
    x64 refers to 64 bit architecture.
    pvdg42, May 17, 2007
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    Elliot Guest

    "8086/8088, 80286, 80386"
    What's that?

    Elliot, May 17, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    Stop prating around mate.

    Bumping your question will piss people off.

    Julian, May 17, 2007
  6. "8086/8088, 80286, 80386"
    They are Intel microprocessor models from years ago.

    So "x86" refers to the series of Intel processors based on that
    architecture. Originally they were 16-bit, but they became 32-bit. (We
    could argue about exactly what is meant by '16 bit' and '32 bit', but it's
    too anal for now).

    I haven't heard the term "x64", but it obviously refers to Intel's current
    64-bit range.

    Steve Thackery, May 17, 2007
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    ThePro Guest

    ThePro, May 17, 2007
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    Julian Guest

    Get onto google or Wikipedia for Christ's sake.
    Julian, May 17, 2007
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    Mark Rae Guest

    Mark Rae, May 17, 2007
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    Elliot Guest

    I see. Thanks to everyone.
    Elliot, May 17, 2007
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    Saucy Guest

    Give credit where credit is due. Since AMD came out with 64 bit eXtensions
    to the x86 type processors, x64 is an AMD invention, not an Intel invention.

    Saucy, May 17, 2007
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    MICHAEL Guest

    Are you saying AMD is responsible for x64 being used
    to distinguish 64-bit, or that they created the 64-bit
    processor? If you mean the latter, you're wrong.


    * Saucy:
    MICHAEL, May 17, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    AMD is responsible for the 64-bit EXTENSIONS to the x86 architecture.
    Which Intel then licensed from AMD.
    Cal Bear '66, May 17, 2007
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