When Microsoft announced Windows 11, some confusion emerged regarding its minimum requirements. The fact that systems need to support TPM 2.0 created confusion, as many motherboards don’t need a hardware module to meet the requirement. ASRock aims to clear things up with a new FAQ post.
ASRock explains how many of its motherboards can meet the TPM 2.0 requirement without having a TPM 2.0 hardware module. When asked if a TPM 2.0 module is required, ASRock explains,
No, please [enable] [Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)] or [AMD CPU fTPM] feature under UEFI BIOS. It supports the TPM2.0 feature without TPM2.0 hardware module.
This isn’t exclusive to ASRock, as many of the best motherboards that don’t have the hardware module can use firmware to meet the TPM 2.0 requirement.
ASRock also shared lists of supported platforms, including the ASRock Taichi Z490. Here are the supported Intel chipsets:
ASRock notes that the actual support for the Intel 100 and 200 series may vary based on the official release of Windows 11.
Here are the supported AMD chipsets from ASRock:
Actual support of the AM4 300 and 400 series may vary based on the official release of Windows 11, according to ASRock.
The FAQ page also explains how to enable TPM 2.0 through a system’s BIOS. If you have questions about TPM and Windows 11, our executive editor Daniel Rubino recently explained why TPM is important.