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ASRock First to Get Windows 8 Motherboard Certificate

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Truckinupga
    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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  • merikafyeah
    I like Windows 8. Those poor newbs and their Start Menus. Hah! So last decade.
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  • dudewitbow
    10695072 said:
    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
    10695105 said:
    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
    so they were racing to see who gets the certificate first?
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  • The Grave Digger
    First to got win 8 Certificate?? It's not Gonna Change Anything...Asus Ftw !!! :lol:
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  • Timmy225
    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
    10696191 said:
    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
    10695105 said:

    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
    10695056 said:
    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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