The top of the line processor one might get in a new computer in 2016 can be expected to run at a base clock of 3.00 GHz and a 3.50 GHz boost clock, which means, very simply, that your laptop is crazy fast -- damn near instantaneous. And even though you probably thought the same thing about the processor in your brand new computer five years ago, the boost clock on a high-end laptop in 2011 was closer to 2.5GHz, which if you had to deal with now, you’d bang your proverbial head against a wall -- and maybe your actual head too.
In a world where we stream more high-quality video through internet browsers than through cable boxes, it’s important to have a browser that can handle the incredible amount of flashes, bangs, buzzer-beaters and hot-tub scenes. A 32-bit program like the one you probably used in 2011 might still play your Netflix queue, but you’d almost certainly be disappointed with the quality. One of the main reasons is that a 64-bit browser can be expected to have 145.6 RAM on opening and 905.3 with 10 tabs running. Compare this to the average 32-bit browser, which has 135.8 at the start and 583.1 with 10 tabs going. If, as a kid, you were constantly in awe of how much better 64-bit consoles like those released at the turn of the millennium were than the smaller video games of the early '90s, this captures some of the excitement computer geeks felt when the 64-bit browser was introduced. After all, you couldn't watch House of Cards on an N-64.