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64-Bit desktop app for Windows

64-Bit desktop app for Windows

New member | Level 2

on my 12-processor desktop, CPU utilization of the desktop.exe*32 client tops out at 8% which leads me to believe it's not fully using the multi-threading capabilities of my 64-bit OS

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Experienced Collaborator | Level 11

Not at this time.

There will undoubtedly be a 64bit client when there's a clear technical or business need for one.

New member | Level 2

I should have added that uploading files runs at 1/10th, sometimes 1/15th of the throughput the speedtest.dropbox.com utility says I should have. I have a 100/100 Internet service. I suspect the culprit is that the 32-bit dropbox client is cpu-bound to 1/12th of the total cpu in my 12-processor desktop. Is that the clear technical need you need? BTW I tried uploading directly onto AWS and I didn't have any speed problems. I have a 10TB business account with you.

Super User alumni

No, that isn't a clear technical need, infact it quite badly misses the heart of the problem.

Dropbox being 32bit has no bearing on whether it is running multiple threads or not. I can run a 1024 threaded application on your 12 core desktop without ever stepping outside of the capabilities of 32bits. Similarly, I can run a 1 thread 64bit application on the same computer.

The only thing that 64bits gives you is a larger address space - and if Dropbox needs more than the 4GB address limit of 32bit then we have a larger problem.

Dropbox being 32bits is not the thing causing it to not max out your internet connection, nor is it the reason the Dropbox client doesn't max out processing on all your cores. Compiling Dropbox for 64bit won't solve those issues - one is internet connection bound, the other is a software design and implementation decision.

New member | Level 2

you're right ... thanks

New member | Level 1

Any news on this? When is the 64 bit edition coming? Win 10 is around the corner...

Super User alumni

Any news on this? When is the 64 bit edition coming? Win 10 is around the corner...

Still no clear technical need.

New member | Level 2

Windows users would love a 64-bit version!

Super User II

There should be threads on this already Marc about how it wouldnt make any impact upon usage at all - and Dropbox saying one isnt coming

Unfortunately I dont know the reasons well enough to explain

Experienced Collaborator | Level 11

Windows users would love a 64-bit version!

No, a tiny subset of Windows users who inexplicably enjoy staring at Task Manager would like one for no clearly definable reason.

The overwhelming majority who don't, simply aren't bothered so long as it works.

Dropbox have repeatedly said that there's no tangible benefit to having a 64 bit client at this time.

New member | Level 2

The real reason is, They cant make a 64bit version. Underlying parts are not built in 64bit. So that ends that.
The benift of a 64bit version would be only for the purests who want to run no 32 bit apps thus not wake the old gods and encuur the wrait of the new 64bit titans! :-P

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