Microsoft’s new Windows 11 has also brought along a significant change to requirements for AMD and Intel-powered PCs. The compatibility is considered based on the TPM (Trusted Platform Module).
The TPM is a security check which has been made compulsory for Windows 11. Microsoft recommends a system with 2.0 TPM however a system with 1.2 TPM will also be supported. TPM is just a security protocol and will have no impact on the PC’s performance.
Besides the TPM requirement, you have to meet a hardware requirement too which is divided into hard and soft categories. If your PC fails to meet the hard category then it won’t be upgraded to Windows 11.
Windows 11 Compatible AMD CPUs
- AMD Ryzen 2000 (Pinnacle Ridge)
AMD Ryzen 3000 (Matisse)
AMD Ryzen 3000 (Picasso)
AMD Ryzen 4000 (Renoir)
AMD Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer)
AMD Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne)
AMD Ryzen 5000 (Lucienne)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000
AMD EPYC 2nd Gen (Rome)
AMD EPYC 3rd Gen (Milan)
Windows 11 Compatible Intel CPUs (Full List Here)
- Intel 8th Gen (Coffee Lake)
Intel 9th Gen (Coffee Lake Refresh)
Intel 10th Gen (Comet Lake)
Intel 10th Gen (Ice Lake)
Intel 11th Gen (Rocket Lake)
Intel 11th Gen (Tiger Lake)
Intel Xeon Skylake-SP
Intel Xeon Cascade Lake-SP
Intel Xeon Cooper Lake-SP
Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP
As per the list, all the processors are from the 2017-2018 era. However, all the old processors like 1st gen Ryzen chips or the Sky Lake are a major disadvantage here.
As per AMD’s Robert Hallock even if the processor lacks TPM 2.0 it will still run Windows 11 easily since most Ryzen motherboards have at least ftPM 1.2 support. Do note that the Windows Insiders build only runs on TPM 2.0 while the officially released Windows 11 version will run on TPM 1.2 also.
Many users might fulfill the TPM requirement but might fall behind when it comes to hardware requirement.