ASRock claims to have first Windows 8 certified motherboard

A PC motherboard maker claims it is the first such company to have its products certified to work on Windows 8. In a press release this week, Taiwan-based ASRock shows the proof that their motherboards got the thumbs-up from Microsoft for the certification. ASRock was originally a part of Asus but was spun off from that company but it is still owned by Asus subsidiary Pegatron Corporation.

James Lee, the vice president of Sales and Marketing at ASRock, has a rather ... colorful ... reaction to the news in the press release:

As a leader in mobo industry, it's our mission to bring the most fresh tech kit to users.  Starting at ASRock motherboard, any ignoramus was able to reach every aspect of hardware. Users were able to select the right motherboard for their requirements.

ASRock did not give any information on what specific motherboards got the coveted Windows 8 certification in the press release itself. However, another image posted in their announcement reveals that the company's H61M-HVS motherboard did get the Windows 8 certified label; it contains two dual-channel DDR3 memory slots, one PCI-E x16 slot, one PCI-E x1 slot and four SATA 3Gbps ports.

Via: MaximumPC.com
Source: ASRock | Images via ASRock

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Wow, I wouldn't touch ASROCK with a bargepole, had 2 of their motherboards before, very badly made. One lost a MOBO connector when I tried to pull out the sata cable, the connector came with it. Another failed after about 6 months. Cheap rubbish.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Wow, I wouldn't touch ASROCK with a bargepole, had 2 of their motherboards before, very badly made. One lost a MOBO connector when I tried to pull out the sata cable, the connector came with it. Another failed after about 6 months. Cheap rubbish.

Same. I only trust Asus and on very rare occasions Gigabyte.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Wow, I wouldn't touch ASROCK with a bargepole, had 2 of their motherboards before, very badly made. One lost a MOBO connector when I tried to pull out the sata cable, the connector came with it. Another failed after about 6 months. Cheap rubbish.

Well, I have an Asrock mobo (an z68 extreme 4 gen 3) and it's a fantastic board. Since I have deployed it in my systemit has been rock stable and it is a great overclocker.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Wow, I wouldn't touch ASROCK with a bargepole, had 2 of their motherboards before, very badly made. One lost a MOBO connector when I tried to pull out the sata cable, the connector came with it. Another failed after about 6 months. Cheap rubbish.

I had a similar experience with ASRock, but from what I gather their offerings in the last couple of years have been pretty decent. They don't make good & cheap motherboards though.

Personally I prefer Gigabyte (although my next may be an ASUS), since every mobo I've ever had from them has been top-notch.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Wow, I wouldn't touch ASROCK with a bargepole, had 2 of their motherboards before, very badly made. One lost a MOBO connector when I tried to pull out the sata cable, the connector came with it. Another failed after about 6 months. Cheap rubbish.

That was in the past when ASRock brand was used for cheap budget motherboards. Few years ago ASUS moved ASRock brand into enthusiast level for advanced geeks, leaving prices on low level. ASUS brand is now just for mass market.

Gigabyte is more than 1,5 times more expensive on average with lower quality.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Same. I only trust Asus and on very rare occasions Gigabyte.

I've had my ASROCK motherboard for 6 years (Asrock 939Dual SATA2) and not had any problems with it.

Majesticmerc said,

I had a similar experience with ASRock, but from what I gather their offerings in the last couple of years have been pretty decent. They don't make good & cheap motherboards though.

Personally I prefer Gigabyte (although my next may be an ASUS), since every mobo I've ever had from them has been top-notch.


im using my 3rd asrock motherboard now, it works like a charm... it really does.
I bought it, about 3 years ago I guess, maybe 4? around vista release. it already had 256mb video onboard(not drawing from RAM, and yes it still sucked, but more then enough to run aero without a hick up), 5.1 surround, up to 6gb of ram, AM2+ socket... all the goodies and that for a whopping 25euro's... oh it still runs today in a dusty environment where I smoke and what not.

Majesticmerc said,

I had a similar experience with ASRock, but from what I gather their offerings in the last couple of years have been pretty decent. They don't make good & cheap motherboards though.

Personally I prefer Gigabyte (although my next may be an ASUS), since every mobo I've ever had from them has been top-notch.


im using my 3rd asrock motherboard now, it works like a charm... it really does.
I bought it, about 3 years ago I guess, maybe 4? around vista release. it already had 256mb video onboard(not drawing from RAM, and yes it still sucked, but more then enough to run aero without a hick up), 5.1 surround, up to 6gb of ram, AM2+ socket... all the goodies and that for a whopping 25euro's... oh it still runs today in a dusty environment where I smoke and what not.

drazgoosh said,
So... everyone running Windows 8 on their PCs doesn't have a certified motherboard?

Certified means that it supports all of the OS features, not every motherboard supports USB 3.0 and not even USB 3.0 motherboard supports it by default like mines that has to feed off the PCi bus cutting down the transfer speed of my graphics card. Almost every modern motherboard will work with it but not every one will support all of the new OS features.

drazgoosh said,
So... everyone running Windows 8 on their PCs doesn't have a certified motherboard?
That's correct. Not certified doesn't mean not compatible.

Vice said,
This literally means nothing.

Wrong. It means that the motherboard supports the EFI Secure Boot, one of the most important new security feature supported by Windows 8.

That's what the certification means: it guarantees that a component supports the latest features of Windows.

link8506 said,

Wrong. It means that the motherboard supports the EFI Secure Boot, one of the most important new security feature supported by Windows 8.

That's what the certification means: it guarantees that a component supports the latest features of Windows.

So I was right. This means nothing.

jakem1 said,

So improved security is unimportant?

This doesn't improve security because the attacks EFI Secure Boot protect against aren't even being used.

What this does allow however is Microsoft to lock systems to only booting Windows. Like with the new WinRT tablets which will utilise Secure Boot to stop you from installing any operating system other than Windows 8.

This whole thing was created so Microsoft could tell you what you can't do with your own property. This is no different to when politicians start raving about the need for extra internet oversight to help stop child pornography and then turning around and using their new abilities for other interests completely that actually hurt people instead of protecting them.

ahhell said,

Give it a rest dude.

I like how you met everything I said point by point and refuted it.

Oh nevermind, you didn't do that at all, my bad.

Vice said,
What this does allow however is Microsoft to lock systems to only booting Windows. Like with the new WinRT tablets which will utilise Secure Boot to stop you from installing any operating system other than Windows 8.

No, it stops the device from booting an OS without a valid digital signature. Big difference. And it's also irrelevant to your original "point", being as it's just to certify to a consumer/builder that the part is 100% compatible with Windows 8, which does mean something to somebody who wants to make sure it'll actually work with this hardware versus rolling the dice.

Max Norris said,

No, it stops the device from booting an OS without a valid digital signature. Big difference. And it's also irrelevant to your original "point", being as it's just to certify to a consumer/builder that the part is 100% compatible with Windows 8, which does mean something to somebody who wants to make sure it'll actually work with this hardware versus rolling the dice.

And yet in some implementations such as on WinRT tablets it will only allow Windows 8 to be used. No other operating system.

And come on this is so weak, every motherboard that can run Windows 7 will run Windows 8. No one is going to actively seek out a Windows 8 certified motherboard. The GPU makes a bigger impact on compatibility than the motherboard these days.

Vice said,

This doesn't improve security because the attacks EFI Secure Boot protect against aren't even being used.

You obviously don't know what you're talking about.
Do you know what bootkits (rootkit + boot malware) are?
Malicious developers have been writing boot malwares since the 80's, targeting DOS, Linux, Windows.

Secure boot will give the OS a way to make sure it has not been compromised before booting up, and it will allow antiviruses to be more efficient at removing viruses post infection (after the definitions are updated).


What this does allow however is Microsoft to lock systems to only booting Windows. Like with the new WinRT tablets which will utilise Secure Boot to stop you from installing any operating system other than Windows 8.

yeah right, Microsoft is conspiring to get back the 0.9% marketshare that linux has taken on the desktop.
Definitely worth exposing itself to the EU and US antitrust authority!
/s


This whole thing was created so Microsoft could tell you what you can't do with your own property. This is no different to when politicians start raving about the need for extra internet oversight to help stop child pornography and then turning around and using their new abilities for other interests completely that actually hurt people instead of protecting them.

most android devices have had a locked bootloader preventing installation of other OSes for years.
This is exactly the same thing.
Why aren't you crying because HTC is preventing people from installing a linux distro or Windows CE on their device?

Furthermore, if you want to run android, then buy an android device, not an "overpriced" Windows RT tablet.

Vice said,
And come on this is so weak, every motherboard that can run Windows 7 will run Windows 8. No one is going to actively seek out a Windows 8 certified motherboard.

So you're going to personally guarantee that every system that can run Windows 7 will run Windows 8? Care to wager some money on that? Please do. Besides, what you need != what somebody else might not need.

As for the rest, read above.

link8506 said,

You obviously don't know what you're talking about.
Do you know what bootkits (rootkit + boot malware) are?
Malicious developers have been writing boot malwares since the 80's, targeting DOS, Linux, Windows.

I'm aware of this. So I do know what I'm talking about actually. And the EFI Secure Boot feature won't affect the prevalence of rootkits one bit. No one is doing boot malware these days they just load a driver at boot or use the systems built in system services features. Both things EFI won't stop at all.

Even stuxnet used a signed driver for its rootkit instead of messing with any boot loaders for goodness sake.

Proof of WinRT lock in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...mware_Interface#Secure_Boot

The amount of uninformed posters on here makes me sad. I don't know why I post here thinking we can have some proper discourse. No one quoting sources just saying whatever they want to be true even when it is not.

Vice said,

And come on this is so weak, every motherboard that can run Windows 7 will run Windows 8. No one is going to actively seek out a Windows 8 certified motherboard.

Nobody will seek out a motherboard specifically, but everyone buying a computer after october 2012 WILL get a Windows 8 certified motherboard with secureboot.

People won't keep their old computers forever. In 5 years 90% of users will have a motherboard certified for Windows 8.


You know that only applies tablets designed specifically for Windows 8 and not desktops yea? (Kinda what this article is about in the first place.. May as well complain about Lumia's not being able to install Android while you're at it.) As far as desktops goes... no, sorry, already a Linux distro planning on getting signed boot loader.

Max Norris said,

You know that only applies tablets designed specifically for Windows 8 and not desktops yea? (Kinda what this article is about in the first place.. May as well complain about Lumia's not being able to install Android while you're at it.) As far as desktops goes... no, sorry, already a Linux distro planning on getting signed boot loader.

Yes I'm aware that is why I've been saying WinRT tablet the whole time.

And if you want to install Linux on a x86 based system you have to turn Secure Boot off which means again this whole feature is useless and only goes to serve Microsofts tablet aspirations. For a company that is so open they sure want to be just like Apple and lock everything down.

Everyone loves to talk about how different Microsoft is to Apple how they give the user choice and yet they use new technologies like EFI Secure Boot to lock consumers in. For me it isn't good enough that their products are merely the same with a different logo I want PC level control over my tablet too.

Vice said,
Yes I'm aware that is why I've been saying WinRT tablet the whole time.

And if you want to install Linux on a x86 based system you have to turn Secure Boot off which means again this whole feature is useless and only goes to serve Microsofts tablet aspirations. For a company that is so open they sure want to be just like Apple and lock everything down.


Or as I said earlier, get a distro that's keeping up with the latest standards. Red Hat for example is already planning on supporting the secure boot. (Or, just look at the bloody box and make sure your software is going to be compatible with the hardware.. maybe they should come up with a Certified for Linux sticker?)

Vice said,
For me it isn't good enough that their products are merely the same with a different logo I want PC control over my tablet.

Then buy one of the gazillion devices that have Android installed? Just sayin.

Max Norris said,

Then buy one of the gazillion devices that have Android installed? Just sayin.

Android is no better. Their tablets are mostly locked down until rooted. And who says I want to run Android?

I want the freedom of running any OS. Android, Windows 8 dual boot or whatever I want.

Vice said,
Android is no better. Their tablets are mostly locked down until rooted. And who says I want to run Android? I want the freedom of running any OS. Android, Windows 8 dual boot or whatever I want.

You just did ;D Besides, it's a nice wish, but as you said Android is typically locked down, Apple will tell you to do something anatomically improbable, and Microsoft is going the same route with their devices. So I'm not sure why you're venting on this thread about a compatibility sticker that's not even for RT devices when this is hardly news. Shoot you can't even (legally) do this on a desktop if you want to go with all three.

Vice said,

Yes I'm aware that is why I've been saying WinRT tablet the whole time.


So uhh... what does WinRT have to do with this motherboard? Oh yes... nothing at all.

And what tablet that uses ARM-based processors lets you install any OS you like?

Certified just means it provides the features requested by Microsoft for certification. In this case, you can turn them off if you don't want them. If you do want them, then you have that option.

Even if Secure Boot is enabled, you'll still be able to install other operating systems that support it.

And honestly, how many people are gonna buy a WinRT tablet and want to install another OS? Yeah, like less than 1%. And even if they do, why would Microsoft care? They get money when you purchase the tablet. Why would they give a damn what you do after that?

Nobody is being locked into anything. You're just rambling on about nothing.

Vice said,

And yet in some implementations such as on WinRT tablets it will only allow Windows 8 to be used. No other operating system.

And come on this is so weak, every motherboard that can run Windows 7 will run Windows 8. No one is going to actively seek out a Windows 8 certified motherboard. The GPU makes a bigger impact on compatibility than the motherboard these days.


any OS can install even with this restriction, just costs 90 bucks for a license for ALL their distributed OS's... even the Linux distro's should be able to afford that.
And MS will only 'lock' down their RT/ARM line of release. the x86 is still free to disable secureboot.

what the hell are you crying about man? Get Ubuntu, go get your own personal signature, install it.... just 90 bucks, cheaper then full windows license... no?

Shadowzz said,

any OS can install even with this restriction, just costs 90 bucks for a license for ALL their distributed OS's... even the Linux distro's should be able to afford that.
And MS will only 'lock' down their RT/ARM line of release. the x86 is still free to disable secureboot.

what the hell are you crying about man? Get Ubuntu, go get your own personal signature, install it.... just 90 bucks, cheaper then full windows license... no?

Just another fee everyone has to pay to support Microshaft.

mikeyx12 said,

So uhh... what does WinRT have to do with this motherboard? Oh yes... nothing at all.

You mean this means nothing? like how I said at the start before you people came in and started going on and on about EFI Secure boot?

Vice said,

You mean this means nothing? like how I said at the start before you people came in and started going on and on about EFI Secure boot?


What the hell are you on about? lol.

When did I say or imply that it "means nothing"? You just started rambling on about WinRT, which has nothing to do with the article content. That's the only "nothing" I was talking about. If you read the comments before you reply to them, you'd know that.

mikeyx12 said,

What the hell are you on about? lol.

When did I say or imply that it "means nothing"? You just started rambling on about WinRT, which has nothing to do with the article content. That's the only "nothing" I was talking about. If you read the comments before you reply to them, you'd know that.

You still going on about this? get a life jesus.

Vice said,

You still going on about this? get a life jesus.


I think you'll find that the reason I took so long to reply was because I actually do have a life, unlike you who seems to be ready to respond to anything on here straight away, haha.

But it's okay... when you have no way to respond without looking stupid, you say something like that in an attempt to get out of it. I understand

(By the way, my name isn't Jesus.)

mikeyx12 said,

I think you'll find that the reason I took so long to reply was because I actually do have a life, unlike you who seems to be ready to respond to anything on here straight away, haha.

But it's okay... when you have no way to respond without looking stupid, you say something like that in an attempt to get out of it. I understand

(By the way, my name isn't Jesus.)

Because some of us are rich enough to afford a smart phone and get email notifications whenever someone quotes us or replies to our news comments. Get a clue.

Don't understand why this is so important. My ASRock motherboard runs Windows 8 just fine and it didn't need a certification for it. But whatever. Good for ASRock.

Jimmy422 said,
Don't understand why this is so important. My ASRock motherboard runs Windows 8 just fine and it didn't need a certification for it. But whatever. Good for ASRock.

Usually there some feature that windows 8 takes advantage of that makes it certified for windows 8. I remember when I Vista came out there were motherboards that came with HDAudio among other things that made it certified for Vista.

Jimmy422 said,
Don't understand why this is so important. My ASRock motherboard runs Windows 8 just fine and it didn't need a certification for it. But whatever. Good for ASRock.

Does it support
- UEFI
- Secure Boot
- Fast Boot
- USB 3.0