Start64!When it comes to purchasing new peripherals and extension cards, two major concerns for computer owners are hardware and software compatibility. Terms like "64-bit" can be confusing and may cause confusion among buyers. You can confirm that the graphics card you want to buy will be compatible with your hardware and operating system by following a few recommendations.

Operating System

Modern operating systems exist in two distinct editions, a 32-bit version and a 64-bit one. The number of bits expressed relates to the amount of numerical data that a central processing unit can process simultaneously. Therefore, the compatibility between an operating system and a computer is determined by the machine's CPU. If a computer contains a 64-bit CPU, that machine will be able to run both the 64 and the 32-bit versions of an operating system. On the other hand, a 32-bit CPU can only run a 32-bit operating system.