This product is a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) solution tailored for Gigabyte motherboards released between 2012 and 2018. It offers extensive compatibility with motherboards equipped with Intel 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, and 300 series chipsets, as well as AMD AM3+, FM2+, and AM4+ series motherboards.
Let's delve into the importance of TPM: Upon the release of Microsoft Windows 11 in 2021, Microsoft announced a limited hardware support list, specifically CPUs released post-2018, thereby ensuring installation compatibility for CPUs within a 5-year range. This mirrors the situation when Windows 10 was launched, where the eligible hardware scope was reduced, primarily to control the volume of hardware that Microsoft would need to test and thereby lessen the load on Microsoft's customer service. However, just as with Windows 10, Microsoft doesn't completely bar computers manufactured before 2018 from installing a genuine copy of Windows 11. If customers encounter issues during the installation process, Microsoft may not offer support. But, generally, there should be no problems with a standard installation.
A key distinction between Windows 10 and Windows 11 is the latter's requirement for the TPM function to be enabled. The rationale behind this requirement, as we understand it, is to standardize the level of protection across Windows 11 and Xbox to safeguard games from piracy or cracking attempts. Xbox has utilized TPM-type hardware security chips for protection since 2005, demonstrating the effectiveness of this approach.
If 2018 is not the ultimate cut-off for Windows 11 installations, then what is the actual limit? Based on our testing, motherboards manufactured after 2012 can normally install Windows 11, provided the TPM function is enabled. For computers made prior to 2014 that don't support TPM 2.0, our tests have shown that Windows 11 can still be installed successfully as long as TPM 1.2 is enabled.
We've recorded the entire process of installing the official version of Windows 11 after enabling TPM 1.2. To watch, please copy this link "https://youtu.be/M5_2-s10fZA" into your browser!
Please note that when installing Windows 11, it is recommended to set your motherboard to UEFI mode or disable the CSM function. Taking these steps can help minimize potential issues during the installation process.
Furthermore, if your motherboard is from ASUS, Supermicro, Foxconn, or if you have an Acer or Fujitsu desktop computer, as long as there is a 20-1pin TPM header on the motherboard, this product can be used.
Gigabyte has confirmed that all Intel 9 series motherboards are TPM 2.0 compatible. If your 9 series motherboard currently does not support TPM 2.0, we encourage you to reach out to Gigabyte customer service. They can assist you in obtaining a new BIOS version that does support TPM 2.0. While this process may take some time, customers who have previously applied report successfully acquiring the new BIOS version.
For those using the 100, 200, or 300 series motherboards succeeding the Intel 9 series, this module is also compatible. However, a separate purchase may not be necessary as BIOS versions following the 100 series incorporate Intel PTT (Platform Trust Technology). By enabling the PTT function, you can make use of fTPM 2.0.
If your computer uses an AMD CPU, we have not found any motherboard models that supported TPM 2.0 prior to the release of the AM4 (2016). However, the 300, 400, and 500 series motherboards that came after the AM4 release do include built-in fTPM. You can utilize TPM 2.0 by enabling the fTPM function in the BIOS. Be aware that some motherboard models may experience system stuttering or short pauses after the fTPM function is enabled. If this occurs and there is a TPM header on your motherboard, installing this TPM module can effectively solve these minor performance issues.
The 300 and 400 series motherboards that came after the AM4 have a 20-1 pin TPM header, while motherboards that came after the 500 series have a 12-1pin TPM header. Both types of headers use an LPC interface. Please note that the 600 series motherboards use an SPI interface, for which our company currently does not provide products. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
This product predominantly supports Gigabyte motherboards with 20-1pin or 12-1pin TPM headers. Please ensure your motherboard has a 20-1pin or 12-1pin header before purchasing. For instance:
With 20-1pin TPM header:
Intel chipsets: X99, X79, C606, Z97, H97, Z87, H87, B85, Z77, H77, B75, Q270, B250, Z270, H270, Z170, H170, H110, X170, X150, Q170, B150
AMD chipsets: AM4+, FM2+, AM3+
With 12-1pin TPM header:
Intel chipsets: Z390, H370, B365, B360, Z370, H310, Q370, X299, C621, C246
AMD chipset: AM4+
This 2in1 TPM module comes equipped with two Infineon SLB9665 encryption and decryption ICs. With firmware versions updated to 5.63.3353 and 4.43.259, it offers robust security protection, passing the Windows security processor test. The module utilizes an LPC interface, not an SPI interface. It includes an Gigabyte 12-1 pin TPM connector conversion card, allowing the conversion of the 12-1pin TPM header into a 20-1pin header, which can then be connected to the 2in1 TPM module.
TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module 2.0)
Firmware Version: 5.63.3353.0
TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module 1.2)
Firmware Version: 4.43.259.0
Thoroughly TESTED and 100% FUNCTIONAL!