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Bassman_Q

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So I'm assuming that the GB/GBC was an 8-bit system, and the GBA 16-bit. But what does that make the DS? Is it 32-bit? Or 64-bit? Or is it just not classified with bits anymore?

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Link-Hero

2. Posted:

GB: 8-bit
GBC: 16-bit
GBA: 32-bit
DS: 64-bit

At least thats what I've heard.

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Bananahh

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A NES is an 8 bit, and a SNES is a 16 bit. The GBA is just as powerful as a SNES so its a 16 bit. The NDS can play Nintendo 64 games so it makes it 64 bits or higher. (and the GB/GBC is probaly 8 bit, not to sure though. But they have the same "bits" its just that gbc has colour.)

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Rensch

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The GBA is 32 bit, at least that's what it says on the box. But I once read its actually 16 bit twice, whatever that means.

So I guess the DS is 64 bit as it is basically a Nintendo 64 in portable form.

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vandil

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The Nintendo DS uses two CPUs: One 32-bit ARM9 CPU and one 32-bit ARM7 CPU. So as far as processor instruction sets go, it's a 32-bit system.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_DS

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Sylverstone

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@vandil: Yeah, but the processing power should match that of the N64, apparently.

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Pj1

7. Posted:

Here's one, how much bit is Wii??????

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Rhansley64

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Well your question needs to be more accurate, what i mean is do you mean Color or Frames or Graphics proccesors? Well anyway we all know what your talking about while i do know that GBA is 32-Bit tech When Xbox came out they didn't use Bit tech anymore so Technicly The Bit Wars is over as for what i think well DS looks better then the N64 but Gamecube looks better so it's between the two in terms of Graphics.

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Bassman_Q

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So... the DS is 96-bit? :P

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Bplus would have us rate the Wii as 128-bit. If they ever decide to embarrass themselves with a sequel on DSiWare, you'll get their answer regard that system as well.

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thewiirocks

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As a professional software engineer with a strong bent toward computer science who's attempted to clarify the "bitness" of systems a number of times in the past; I can say this beyond a shadow of a doubt:

I don't know whether to laugh or cry about this thread....

(For the record, "bits" was never a proper category for classification. It was simply convenient during a period of incredible hardware advances.)

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mastersworddude

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Link-Hero wrote:

GB: 8-bit
GBC: 16-bit
GBA: 32-bit
DS: 64-bit

At least thats what I've heard.

I think DS is a bit more than 64-bit, the character models and enviorments are a lot more detailed than the N64 just more pixely. (Look at SM64 DS the character models and emviorments are way better than SM64 on N64 just more pixely.

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geek-master

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what motherboard does the dsi have? i know the dsi would be more epic with a ASUS MOTHERBOARD.

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thewiirocks

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Good grief. Are you people still arguing over this?

mastersworddude wrote:

I think DS is a bit more than 64-bit, the character models and enviorments are a lot more detailed than the N64 just more pixely. (Look at SM64 DS the character models and emviorments are way better than SM64 on N64 just more pixely.

GB/GBC: 8 bit
GBA: 32 bit
DS: 32 bit
DSi: 32 bit
Wii: 32 bit
XBox 360: 64 bit
PS3: 64 bit

Sensing a pattern? The only thing that "bits" refers to is the size of the number that can be computed. Once we got to 32-bit, things were "good enough". 64-bit is about as far as anyone wants to waste the silicon on. Anything more is just a useless overkill. (+/- specialized tasks like scientific work and SIMD processing.)

(Note that the 360 and PS3 might actually be considered 32-bit. But I'm tired at the moment and don't have the energy to go track down the specs to verify if they're using 32-bit or 64-bit PowerPC cores. ;))

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what motherboard does the dsi have? i know the dsi would be more epic with a ASUS MOTHERBOARD.

I'm fairly certain that the mainboard has "Nintendo" stamped on it. They have hardware engineers too, you know...

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Pastry

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Bananahh wrote:

A NES is an 8 bit, and a SNES is a 16 bit. The GBA is just as powerful as a SNES so its a 16 bit. The NDS can play Nintendo 64 games so it makes it 64 bits or higher. (and the GB/GBC is probaly 8 bit, not to sure though. But they have the same "bits" its just that gbc has colour.)

How does the DS play N64 games? Is it really 7 times more powerful?

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