Which motherboards support TPM 2.0 and Windows 11?

Posted on Tuesday, July 06 2021 @ 16:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
As you may have heard by now, Microsoft has significantly increased the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. Some of these changes are rather arbitrarily, such as the requirement to have a CPU from one of the more recent AMD or Intel processor generations. Various other new requirements are introduced, one of the most notable ones being the need to have TPM 2.0. This feature is allegedly needed for the new security features of Windows 11.

Microsoft has significantly raised the bar, which means a lot of slightly older computers will not be upgradeable to Windows 11. Fortunately, Windows 10 support will continue until 2025. Over the past couple of days, most of the big motherboard makers have published lists of motherboards that are compatible with Windows 11 or TPM 2.0.

MSI compatibility with TPM 2.0

MSI has published its list on Reddit. The motherboard maker stresses that this is a list of motherboards with TPM 2.0 support, these motherboards will not require an external TPM 2.0 chip in combination with supported AMD or Intel processors. The firm does not guarantee that these motherboards will support Windows 11, for example, the list also includes Intel 100 and 200-series motherboards that do not support compatible Windows 11 CPUs. MSI also provides some instructions on how TPM can be enabled in the BIOS settings. By default, this feature is usually deactivated.

ASRock Windows 11 Ready motherboards

ASRock uploaded a list over here. Just like MSI, ASRock includes some motherboards on its list that support TPM 2.0 but that do not meet the current minimum CPU requirement from Microsoft. There is some hope that Microsoft may relax some of the system requirements in the coming weeks/months.
The global-leading motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, reveals both Intel® and AMD motherboards support list for Windows® 11. To use Windows® 11, TPM 2.0 is required. However, TPM 2.0 verification can be passed by firmware TPM (fTPM) built in BIOS, which means TPM 2.0 hardware module is not necessary for Windows® 11. If you are interested in trying the latest operating system, no need to worry about lack of TPM module.

ASUS Windows 11 motherboard support list

If you have a motherboard from ASUS, you can verify compatibility over here. ASUS also provides instructions on how TPM 2.0 can be activated in the BIOS.
If your existing Windows 10 PC is running the most current version of Windows 10 and meets the above minimum hardware specifications, it can be upgraded to Windows 11. Aside from system requirements, please do pay attention to the TPM settings on your motherboard. TPM is an international standard for a secure cryptoprocessor that has been around for years. However, it is disabled by default on most motherboards, and that may prevent proper installation of Windows 11.

Gigabyte reveals Windows 11 motherboard support

Next we have Gigabyte. Via a press release, the firm confirms its Intel X299, C621, C232, C236, C246, 200, 300, 400, 500 lineups, as well as AMD TRX40, 300, 400, 500 motherboards are TPM 2.0 function ready.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, announced that the BIOS of their series motherboards, including Intel X299, C621, C232, C236, C246, 200, 300, 400, 500 lineups, as well as AMD TRX40, 300, 400, 500 motherboards are TPM 2.0 function ready, which can pass the upgraded Windows 11 OS. verification.

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, and features dozens of exciting new functions and Android APP support to effectively improve productivity, system security, and gaming performance. However, most of the users might be confusing that Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 support means they need a TPM module on board for Windows 11 upgrade.

In fact, TPM 2.0 hardware is not a must to pass TPM 2.0 verification. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Motherboards are not only known for their world-renowned durability, but also play a leading role in product design, especially when it comes to the TPM 2.0 support in the BIOS. Lots of GIGABYTE Intel and AMD motherboards can pass the TPM 2.0 verification of the Windows 11 by simply enabling the TPM-related function in the BIOS, on which Intel X299, B250 chipset and above platform will be the Platform Trust Technology (PTT), and fTPM function on the AMD AM4 and TRX40 motherboards. By this advanced BIOS setting, GIGABYTE motherboards can pass the TPM 2.0 verification of Windows 11 to prevent TPM 2.0 support becoming an issue to users during their system upgrade.

The Windows 11 will be coming later this year, user can check for the compatibility and minimum system requirements via Microsoft website. Certain features may require specific hardware and CPU support, please see details on system requirements.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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