Re: Win 10 new install on new system-Question
I'm a retired LAN/WAN Network and hardware help desk manager, but I still keep up with tech and support.
That motherboard can be used on 8.1 (with a driver for the USB 3) but I consider Win 10 "what 8/8.1 should have been". Just as Win 7 was what Vista should have been.
I don't think there's any Win 8/8.1 software that is not Win 10 compatible. I upgraded my system (originally) from Win 8.1 to Win 10 and except for an Edirol (Roland) keyboard all my hardware and software was compatible. The Edirol was not compatible as Roland dropped support for those discontinued devices (I no longer buy any Roland hardware).
My recording latency even was lowered with Win 10, as I was able to use a lower buffer.
There has been a lot written about "tweaks" for Win 10 but I don't have any (I see others on other recording forums that state they do not have any tweaks either). I do set the Power Plan to High Performance but that's all. I still disable the NIC when I record/mix, etc to avoid possible dropouts but that is all. Even with the NIC enabled, Resplendence Latency Mon shows the PC is able to handle audio without dropouts.
Franklin D-10 Pedal Steel Guitar (primary instrument). Nashville Telecaster, Bass, etc.
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero M/B, i7 6700K CPU, 16GB Ram, SSD and conventional hard drives, Win 10 Pro and Win 10 Pro Insider Pre-Release
Sonar Platinum/CbB. MOTU 896MK3 Hybrid, Tranzport, X-Touch, JBL LSR308 Monitors,
Ozone 5, Studio One 4.1
Member of Nashville based R.O.P.E. Assn.