Although the Raspberry Pi 3 has a 64-bit processor, it is well-known among the higher-level techies that the currently released version of Raspbian is, in fact, a 32-bit version. That means it’s not using some of the higher-level functionality of the 64-bit processor. To most people that won’t make much difference – the Pi 3 performs well. But the point is it could perform even better.
Eben Upton has just posted on the Foundation’s blog that the first 64-bit operating system for the Pi is now available: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. This isn’t necessarily suitable for all users, but it does give those who are looking for tip-top performance an option. It has wifi and Bluetooth built in so the Pi 3’s networking capabilities are enabled.
You can download the image here.