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Question Which OS, 32 or 64 bit?

I'm a newbie to FreeBSD (or any Unix like OS) and currently setting up a desktop. My hardware is: Dual Xeon E5405 Quads, 16GB Mem, Areca 12xx, 4TB Raid 5, DVD burner, Quadro NVS 290 and LCD 1680 x 1050 display. Is there any advantage or disadvantage in the selection of 32 bit or 64 bit OS versions?
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64 Bit will let you use more than ~3.5 GB of ram, so that is key in your case. However, don't expect blazing performance under X (GUI) because there is no Propietary nvidia driver for 64-bit, although the NVS series aren't exactly 3d Performance All starts to begin with. I would say 100% go with 64 bit. The amd64 port is what you would use, rather than the IA64
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You have a lotof RAM, use 64bit version because with 32bit you will have to cope with PAE.
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I'm a newbie to FreeBSD (or any Unix like OS) and currently setting up a desktop. My hardware is: Dual Xeon E5405 Quads, 16GB Mem, Areca 12xx, 4TB Raid 5, DVD burner, Quadro NVS 290 and LCD 1680 x 1050 display. Is there any advantage or disadvantage in the selection of 32 bit or 64 bit OS versions?
Sounds like a super workstation
Like the others said 64bit is the way to go except for the nvidia compromise. Out of curiosity, what type of work you mainly do on that workstation?

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This is a 2D workstation used for large format photo editing and such. I don't know that I've ever used 3D graphics.
Will a Linux 64 bit driver work with FBSD?

The desktop will also run up to 4 guest operating systems. It is part of my home network. (I'm retired.)

What are the issues with PAE?

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Will a Linux 64 bit driver work with FBSD?
No, 2 completely different operating systems.

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What are the issues with PAE?
With an x86 system you can only access up to 4GB of address space, (pow(2, 32)..), systems starting with the Pentium Pro/Athlon increased the address bus size to 36 bits... a hack in reality. (Registers/pointers are still 32 bits in length..).

On a PAE compatible system, all memory mapped above 32bit physical is made available to the system, but no single application can use more then 4 GB of ram.

Use the 64 bit port... assuming the nv(4) driver supports your card, 2D support is more then sufficient, if not, vesa(4) is your only option.
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Will a Linux 64 bit driver work with FBSD?
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What are the issues with PAE?
Not all 32-bit drivers are PAE-safe. Even though the kernel can map memory above 4 GB for programs to use, some drivers can't handle memory addresses that are above the 4 GB barriere, and will cause hiccups, memory corruption, system instability, and so on.

And even if the drivers can handle PAE, each application is still limited to 4 GB of virtual address space. PAE just lets you run multiple apps each with their own 4 GB space.

PAE is really quite a hack. If you need to access more than 4 GB of RAM, go with a 64-bit OS.
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64 bit is is.
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That was so awesome! phoenix and I posted almost the exact same thing!

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