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ASRock Lists 'Windows 7-Ready' Motherboards, Has First Motherboard with Certification

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Motherboard innovator ASRock has issued a partial list of its motherboards that it endorses as ready for Windows 7. The company also released the first motherboard to qualify for the Compatible with Windows 7 logo. With certification, hardware vendors look to reach out to most grass-root consumers in assuring support for the new OS, although the discerning user would know what components in the PC would suffice, even if the hardware doesn't carry certification logos.

    ASRock added 14 motherboards for the Intel, and 15 for AMD platforms to its list. It includes a broad range of motherboards starting from Intel X58, Intel 4-series, NVIDIA nForce 700i series, AMD 7-series, NVIDIA nForce 700a, and 600a series. The ASRock P45XE is the company's claim to be the industry's first to sport the Windows 7 compatibility logo. Its specifications are pretty standard for motherboards in its class, and so with it, one could easily make out what are the criteria for Windows 7 compatibility. The P45XE supports the entire range of LGA-775 processors, and supports DDR2-1200/1066/800/667 MHz memory. Six SATA ports offer storage, although RAID isn't on offer since the ICH10 southbridge is used (instead of the RAID-supportive ICH10R). Two PCI-Express x16 slots supporting ATI CrossFireX technology, gigabit LAN and 8-channel audio, and ASRock's proprietary Intelligent Overclocking Technology (IET) make for the rest of the feature-set.

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    Source: TechConnect Magazine
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    That Compatible with Windows 7 logo is totaly lame

    now they can take more money for that hardware DOH!!!!
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    Hang on, is this compatible for Windows 7, or Certified for Windows 7? :confused:
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    Why are they doing this? What hardware is windows 7 NOT compatible with? A cell phone?
    Weer says thanks.
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    Dude that crap they pulled with vista was soo irritating cause it easily let the manufactures raise the price just because of that lame sticker. Seriously a windows certified mouse?!?!? if its USB or PS2 its gonna work.
  6. PCpraiser100 New Member

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    As always, ASRock goes first.
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    I really don't understand how any recent motherboard would not be certified for just a different operating system. Would my ASUS P6T-Deluxe be alright with Windows 7?
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    They are certifying mobos now for win os???
    Mah...
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    well . . . if its certified for vista it should be for 7 also right
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    more marketing gimmicks, how about updating the drivers for the current boards, rest assured even the 2002 parts are compatible with Windows 7.

    They have been doing this for some time now, when Vista came about AsRock had VSTA boards.
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    Might as well put a sticker saying Homosapien Compatible...

    I have Win 7 on a "Non-Certified" motherboard and it works great. While my friend who got a MB that says Vista Compatible couldn't even install his copy of vista. Suck my Balls OEMers.
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    Wait! Are those stickers certified to be certifying Windows 7?!
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    surprised it wasnt a pentium 3 board to get this first :)
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    Remember when digital music cd's came out, and everyone was slapping "Digital Ready" stickers on thier speakers, LOL. Pretty f---ing lame is right.
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    I'm willing to bet a pentium 3 can run windows 7 as long as it's one of the later ones (p3 933 or higher)
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    7's requirements state a 1GHz CPU, 1GB of ram and an SM2.0 video card.

    P3 Tualatin 1GHz, radeon 9550... 1GB DDR? can you get tualatin boards in DDR?
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    so azrock always first , but i want now is that really important , im use win7 from a while with my system many guys do this so what is make azrock different , i understand news to make newbies running to buy , more sells for brand
  18. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    yes you can they are made for Via C3/7 chips i believe
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    I wonder if i can get my TV windows 7 certified, seeing as i can use he s-video out.
    Also will we be seeing windows 7 certified speakers sometime in the future?

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