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ASRock First to Get Windows 8 Motherboard Certificate

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ASRock's upcoming Z87-Extreme4 is the first motherboard with an Intel 8-Series chipset to get Windows 8 certification.

So far, only a few details have been disclosed regarding Intel's 8-series motherboards, and even fewer details have been revealed about the specifics from each manufacturer. What has been learned now is that ASRock's upcoming Z87-Extreme4 motherboard is the first to get Windows 8 certification.

While for most of us it won't make a difference whether a motherboard is certified or not, it is important that the manufacturer had enough faith in the product to let Microsoft test it under a specific operating system, and that if granted the certificate, it is fully compatible.

The report also shows a small detail about an upcoming Haswell CPU. A close look reveals that the testing was done on a machine that was running an Intel Core i5 processor that runs at 3.40 GHz. Since this is a Z87 board, it is in all likelihood a Haswell CPU.

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    dudewitbow , April 20, 2013 10:15 PM
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    I like Windows 8. Those poor newbs and their Start Menus. Hah! So last decade.


    you ARE aware that the latest news on windows 8.1 says the start button is coming back, right?
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    Truckinupga , April 20, 2013 9:54 PM
    I am planning a Haswell Core I5 build this July if the processor is all I hope it to be. Intel has gotten very good at keeping things under wrap, I can't wait to see if this thing is going to be worth the wait.
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    dudewitbow , April 20, 2013 10:15 PM
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    I like Windows 8. Those poor newbs and their Start Menus. Hah! So last decade.


    you ARE aware that the latest news on windows 8.1 says the start button is coming back, right?
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    anonymous_user , April 20, 2013 10:25 PM
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    you ARE aware that the latest news on windows 8.1 says the start button is coming back, right?

    The start button may be coming back, not necessarily the menu. However, I think just having the button would be enough for me. I don't really like hot corners.
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    edwd2 , April 20, 2013 11:07 PM
    so they were racing to see who gets the certificate first?
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    The Grave Digger , April 21, 2013 4:24 AM
    First to got win 8 Certificate?? It's not Gonna Change Anything...Asus Ftw !!! :lol: 
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    Timmy225 , April 21, 2013 6:20 AM
    Yeah, good luck selling any. Newegg still offers Win 7 64 and if I were to build a new rig today, 7 is what I would install if I was going to install Windows at all. The more STEAM continues support of Linux the more the chance of my next rig will not have MS software on it, saving my a nice bit of cash too.
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    Soda-88 , April 21, 2013 6:28 AM
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    Yeah, good luck selling any. Newegg still offers Win 7 64 and if I were to build a new rig today, 7 is what I would install if I was going to install Windows at all. The more STEAM continues support of Linux the more the chance of my next rig will not have MS software on it, saving my a nice bit of cash too.


    You're so cool.

    Also, irrelevant news.
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    jigawatt , April 21, 2013 8:02 AM
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    you ARE aware that the latest news on windows 8.1 says the start button is coming back, right?


    Correction, the latest news is speculation that it MAY be coming back.

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    rrbronstein , April 21, 2013 10:39 AM
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    I am planning a Haswell Core I5 build this July if the processor is all I hope it to be. Intel has gotten very good at keeping things under wrap, I can't wait to see if this thing is going to be worth the wait.


    I am still on core 2 duo and i am building a haswell build too this summer. But you do know it will only be marginally better than ivy bridge right? I just see too many people think that each gen is gonna bring HUGE performance leaps, haswell will have some nice new architectural changes and features, but yea dont expect big miracles lol.

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    SR-71 Blackbird , April 21, 2013 11:42 AM
    Start Button rules!!!!!!!!!!
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    Win8TooManyGimmicks , April 21, 2013 12:30 PM
    This is Microsoft's trick for blocking out other operating systems and also making sure that the motherboard has DRM-capability built-in so that they can can (eventually) control the users entertainment consumption. If the motherboard BIOS does not have UEFI-Secure boot capability, it will get rejected. But also, if the mobo does not have hardware that, along with UEFI, allows the OS to control ever aspect of the machine, it will get rejected. Microsoft is trying to turn the PC hardware industry into its own, personal hardware factory.
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    merikafyeah , April 21, 2013 1:52 PM
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    I like Windows 8. Those poor newbs and their Start Menus. Hah! So last decade.


    you ARE aware that the latest news on windows 8.1 says the start button is coming back, right?


    Look up the definition of "news". Now look up the definition of "rumors". Congratulations! You've now learned the difference between the two!

    Also, I said Start "Menus", not "Button". Learn to read. It would be a step backwards to bring back the old Start Menu, though I wouldn't be surprised, since newbs outnumber tinkerers 10-to-1 and newbs like their Start Menus.

    Why do I say "newbs"? Because there is literally not a single thing that you can do with the old Start Menu, that you couldn't do just as easily if not faster with a few presses on your keyboard.
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    livebriand , April 21, 2013 8:57 PM
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    Correction, the latest news is speculation that it MAY be coming back.

    I can only hope so. I also don't like hot corners (or having tablet apps in the way). The start screen is fine otherwise though.

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    I am still on core 2 duo and i am building a haswell build too this summer. But you do know it will only be marginally better than ivy bridge right? I just see too many people think that each gen is gonna bring HUGE performance leaps, haswell will have some nice new architectural changes and features, but yea dont expect big miracles lol.

    It should be good news for laptop users though, particularly with the graphics.

    Edit: I have no idea what the hell is up with the site, but I had to post this from the forums. (someone else said line breaks cause the problem - seriously???)
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    nd22 , April 22, 2013 4:43 AM
    The screenshot has been taken in Windows XP!!!