Best Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) 2021
Trusted Platform Modules (TPM)
Microsoft has confirmed with the official launch of Windows 11 that a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 would be a “soft” requirement. It’s still early days and we’re not sure exactly how this requirement will be enforced, but most PCs should be able to meet this requirement. If for some reason your PC doesn’t support TPM and you want to get a head start on supporting Windows 11, we’ve put together some TPM add-ons for compatible cards. This is necessary alone if you cannot enable TPM through UEFI BIOS.
Choose the right TPM
It is important to check with your motherboard manual to make sure you have a TPM header to install one of these security modules. It’s also important to remember that most processors and motherboards released in recent years should support Windows 11 out of the box. You can enable TPM through UEFI BIOS on most platforms. These modules should be considered as a last resort (or if you think hardware security trumps everything).
We do not recommend mixing TPMs and motherboards. If you have ASUS motherboard with TPM header, it is better to use ASUS TPM alone. The same goes for other motherboard manufacturers. If you’d rather buy a new motherboard and be sure you’re good to go, we’ve rounded up the best motherboards for the latest AMD and Intel processors.
Do i need a Trusted Platform Module?
Probably not. We still don’t know how much of a requirement Microsoft will make TPMs. If your motherboard and CPU support firmware-based TPM, you will be ready to use Windows 11. All you need is a few modifications to your UEFI BIOS and Windows should be able to function properly.
A physical TPM is only required if your PC does not support TPM without a physical add-on present.
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