Motherboards will be the main component to consider when upgrading existing PCs to Windows 11. This is because the most controversial features listed by Microsoft as minimum requirements to support the operating system are included in them.
Especially the TPM (Secure Platform Module) chip for security tasks. Considering that TPM 2.0 was introduced in 2015 and that even if it is not present it can be additionally installed if the board has a free connector for it or that you can have the option to enable the fTPM firmware-based mode, it will be a good number of devices that can be upgraded.
The same goes for the UEFI firmware requirement with secure boot capability, they have been on the market for quite some time now. There are paradoxical cases such as the Surface Studio 2 that can reach a price of $5,000 and on paper could not be upgraded to Windows 11. We assume that Microsoft will end up relaxing the requirements for upgrades even if they are maintained for new OEM equipment.
Motherboards compatible with Windows 11
All the major motherboard manufacturers have come out to report which models will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 with the current requirements and have published ways to handle the secure boot and TPM issues that are usually disabled by default. We review them.
There will be at least 30 series supported, from Intel 300 series and AMD 300 chipsets. For HEDT platforms, Intel X299, AMD X399, and AMD TRX40 support TPM 2.0. There are quite a few more that you can check out on their support site.
- C621 Series
- C422 Series TRX40 Series
- X299 Series X570 Series
- Z590 Series B550 Series
- Q570 Series A520 Series
- H570 Series X470 Series
- B560 Series B450 Series
- H510 Series X370 Series
- Z490 Series B350 Series
- Q470 Series A320 Series
- H470 Series
- B460 Series
- H410 Series
- W480 Series
- Z390 Series
- Z370 Series
- H370 Series
- B365 Series
- B360 Series
- H310 Series
- Q370 Series
- C246 Series
- TRX40 Series
- X570 Series
- B550 Series
- A520 Series
- X470 Series
- B450 Series
- X370 Series
- B350 Series
- A320 Series
To check if your system supports TPM you can use the “Windows + R” hotkey and type “TPM.MSC” to access the management tool.
As for management in UEFI if TPM is disabled, ASUS provides the precise options to enable it:
Also the choice of using TPM 2.0 chip or fTPM mode (TPM firmware):
Another of the Taiwanese giants has shown a complete list of its compatible equipment and also motherboards for Windows 11, which are extended quite far back as you will see in the listing. (The series marked with asterisks are supported by the manufacturer, but some processors have not been confirmed as compatible by Microsoft).
- 500 Series Z590 / B560 / H510 10th / 11th Gen.
- 400 Series Z490 / B460 / H410 10th / 11th Gen
- 300 Series Z390 / Z370 / B365 / B360 / H370 / H310 8th / 9th Gen
- 200 Series Z270 / B250 / H270 6th / 7th Gen** 100 Series Z170 / B150 / B150 / H310 6th / 7th Gen
- 100 Series Z170 / B150 / H170 / H110 6th / 7th Gen** 100 Series Z170 / B150 / H170 / H110 6th / 7th Gen** 100 Series X299
- X299 X299
- 500 Series X570 / B550 / A520
- 400 Series X470 / B450
- 300 Series X370 / B350 / A320* 300 Series X370 / B350 / A320
- TR4 Series TRX40 / X399* TR4 Series TRX40 / X399* TRX40 / X399 Series
To enable TPM on UEFI, you need to access “Security Device Support” under “Settings Security Trusted Computing”.
Another Taiwanese manufacturer has revealed the list of Intel and AMD motherboard support for Windows 11 and they are as follows:
- Intel 100 Series: Z170, H170, B150, H110
- Intel 200 series: Z270, H270, B250
- Intel 300 series: Z390, Z370, H370, B360, B365, H310, H310C
- Intel 400 series: Z490, H470, H470, B460, H410
- Intel® 500 series: Z590, B560, H510, H570
- Intel X299 series
- AM4 300 series: X399, X370, B350, A320
- AM4 400 series: X470, B450
- AM4 500 series: X570, B550, A520
- TRX40 series
The process for activation in the BIOS is similar to the above:
Gigabyte has also published a list of compatible boards, which include the Intel X299, C621, C232, C236, C246, 200, 300, 400, and 500 series, while AMD will be the TRX40, 300, 400, and 500 which will be able to upgrade to Windows 11.