ASRock Taichi Z490Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central

What you need to know

  • ASRock outlines which of its motherboards will work with Windows 11.
  • The listed motherboards meet the TPM 2.0 minimum requirement for the operating system through Intel PTT or AMD CPU fTPM.
  • The guide from ASRock also explains how to enable Intel PTT or AMD CPU fTPM through a system's BIOS.

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:

Generation Supported Chipset
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, B460, H410
Intel 500 series Z590, B560, H510, H570
Intel X299 series X299

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:

Generation Supported Chipset
AM4 300 series X399, X370, B350, A320, X300, A300
AM4 400 series X470, B450
AM4 500 series X570, B550, A520
TRX40 series TRX40

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.