But if it is implemented in hardware, what does the OS have to do with it?

Retro LED Clock

from http://www.extremetech.com/computing/164209-windows-8-banned-by-worlds-top-benchmarking-and-overclocking-site

In an odd turn of events, Windows 8 has been banned from HWBot, one of the world’s top benchmarking and overclocking communities. All existing benchmarks recorded by Windows 8 have been disqualified. This is due to a fault in Windows 8′s real-time clock (RTC), which all benchmarking tools use as a baseline.

The RTC, due to its implemented-in-hardware nature, is very useful for providing a baseline for benchmarks. Unlike software, which can be easily meddled with or affected by outside influences, the RTC in your PC — as the name suggests — is designed to keep pace with real-world time.

There’s got to be something I’m missing. Is the RTC implemented in hardware? Or is the problem with Windows 8 a problem with how it uses (or doesn’t use) the RTC?

Image from lenp17 via flickr

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