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Has anyone ever tested Intel x9x chipset support?

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Hello,
i would like know, if someone tested install Windows on Intel x9x and x8x chipset? For these are official XP drivers.. but i would like to know, if Xp is working with default drivers and how much paint it means.
 
 Main problem i see i disk controllers and disk speed, but i have found some MSI board with additional Sata Asmedia controller - with WIndows XP drivers (Z97 GAMING 7), so theoretically speaking it could work. I but i would like to know some real life experience before im would spend 500 buck for new MB and processor and spend few hours with components replacing.


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No. XP doesn't work well with Haswells (and Broadwells). Intel dropped XP support as of the Panther Point chipsets (B75-Z77), so that's where driver availability problems begin. There's no support for on-chip graphics nor for intel USB 3.0 since x7x, so you're mistaken about driver availability.
 

I have XP SP3 on an 3770K i7 (Ivy Bridge) on a Z68 based motherboard (Asus P8Z68-V LX): it works perfectly.


The i7 4820K / X79 is the most recent Processor/Chipset combination reported to be fully functional with XP x86, AFAIK.


AFAICS, i7 4930K or 4960X should also work, but nobody, AFAIK, ever tested either.

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I know that Intel dont support Xp since X8x, but this is why im asking for real experience, i there is some work around. I dont care about iGPU, USB3 would be nice.



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Windows XP on the desktop installs and works fine with Haswell 8-Series and 9-Series chipsets; I have tested it on both Z87 and Z97.  Using a graphics card, the final result on the Z87 was a problem-free device manager, and the final result on the Z97 is just one problem device, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller (where we find that the lack of XP USB 3.0 support shows up as Problem Device starting with the 9-series).

 

For example, begin with Intel’s August 2013 Chipset Device Software (v. 9.3.2.1020), the last version to work with XP.  Choose a board with Realtek audio and LAN hardware, and you can find XP drivers on the Realtek website.  And plenty of GPUs still support XP.

 

There is this null driver for the Management Engine PCI Simple Communications driver:

http://www.msfn.org/...r/#entry1097275

 

In the alternative--and I haven’t tested this--but, at least for the Z87 Gigabyte, there may be a full Management Engine package available here:

http://forum.hwbot.o...ead.php?t=77697

 

For the Z97, you may want this SMBus INF file (null driver) from Fernando:

http://www.win-raid....14.html#msg8447

 

To run in AHCI mode, you would need Fernando’s 11.2 driver, which can be integrated into the OS install media.



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Windows XP would work on an X99 system. Infact, overclockers do load WinXP on X99 systems to do their bench tests.

Here is an example of such.


Vista SP2 to Vista RTM is as XP SP2 is to XP RTM.
 

AMD FX-8320 8-core CPU (OC to 4.4GHz) with Hyper 212 Evo, ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Motherboard, 8GB 1600 RAM, 60GB SSD (Vista SP2 X64) and 500GB HDD (Storage), Sapphire R7 260X 2GB Graphics Card, 620W Seasonic S12II, CM HAF 912 case.


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I wonder why overclockers like that one would use Windows XP instead of something newer.



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Because it just rocks?


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Well, Windows XP does rock. So no argument there. :D



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Having tested Windows XP installation on an MSI Z97 PC Mate, I’ve now taken the opportunity to test XP install on another Z97 motherboard, the Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3P, resulting in an especially smooth process and nice finish.

 

The OS is Windows XP Professional with Onepiece Update Pack (December 2014) integrated via nLite, along with Intel’s August 2013 chipset INF and Fernando’s 11.2 AHCI driver.

 

From what I’ve read elsewhere it’s no secret that XP on the Z97 will in the end yield at least two “problem” devices (albeit of no great significance), the SMBus Controller and the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller.

 

Fernando’s null driver de-lists the SMBus Controller, and I found that this particular motherboard (Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3P) has an option to turn off the xHCI controller (BIOS / Peripherals / XHCI Mode: Disabled), which also de-lists the USB Controller (BIOS otherwise at defaults, except for turning off number lock).

 

The result, then, is a problem-free device manager using Windows XP on the Z97 platform:

 

Attached File  Z97 Installation.JPG   143.65KB   1 downloads







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