Hello everyone. Just thought I'd post a few benchmark scores from my new installation of 64-bit Mint to show you the improvements that 64-bit offers. I only have 2GB of RAM at this point in time, but I will be upgrading to 6GB total in the future, so I would suspect the scores to go up when I do that. Also, my 32-bit scores are actually from the latest Mandriva One 2009 distribution. I wanted to see how far along KDE 4.1.2 and OpenOffice 3.0 were. Anyway, the benchmark used was the multicore suite from the Phoronix test suite 1.2.2. This is a nice CPU mostly benchmark so different video cards shouldn't affect the results. On the benchmarks where the lower score is better, I'll put them in italics.
Timed Apache Compiliation = 40.61 --> 36.50 seconds
Timed PHP Compiliation = 59.23 --> 55.15 seconds
ImageMagick Compiliation = 88.47 --> 78.46 seconds
Sunflow Rendering System = 11.95 --> 9.84 seconds
7-Zip Compression = 3417 --> 3528 Average MIPS
Parallel BZIP2 Compression = 51.38 --> 51.63 seconds
OpenSSL RSA 4096-bit Performance = 54.02 --> 53.52 signs per second
As you can see, there are some pretty nice improvements and the two bottom scores while less, were quite close to their 32-bit counterparts. I'd have more benchmarks for you, but my video card is a Radeon 4850 and I couldn't get the 8.9 catalyst drivers to properly install on anything but Mint. Hope this information is useful.
Quick edit. Figure I'd send you the links on Phoronix too. The first one is for 64 bit Mint.
http://global.phoronix-test-suite.com/? ... 30835-3224
And here's the 32-bit Mandriva results.
http://global.phoronix-test-suite.com/? ... 0667-19663