notfred wrote:Disagree with the 32bit suggestion, the extra registers more than compensate for the additional space of 64bit pointers.
As with so many things, it probably depends on workload. If he's right on the edge of spilling over into swap, the smaller memory footprint of 32-bit code may win out over the extra registers.
notfred wrote:The Spectre and Meltdown fixes have not been kind to the older CPUs with the lack of fancy new instructions to help mitigate some of the issues. It may just be time to recycle.
Yeah, tell me about it. And in some cases, it was even worse -- the initial round of Windows 7 Spectre/Meltdown patches sent my wife's desktop (older Athlon 64 box) into a reboot loop.