The final build Windows 11 It hasn’t been launched yet, but Asus didn’t waste any time preparing its motherboards for Microsoft’s next-generation operating system. Motherboard manufacturers recently deployed new firmware for multiple Intel motherboards to welcome Windows 11 with open arms.
One of the most controversial requirements for Windows 11 is the hard requirement for Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 support, which locks millions of old motherboards that do not support this feature. TPM 2.0 debuted in 2015, so it is safe to assume that motherboards launched after 2015 should support TPM 2.0.
ASUS’ firmware deployment plan is unknown, but most of ASUS’ ROG motherboards have received new firmware, including some models in the Prime series. Soon, the other series will get theirs. Obviously, the firmware version number will vary from motherboard to motherboard.
Windows 11 supports Intel 500 series, 400 series and 300 series motherboards. AMD’s 500 series, 400 series and 300 series motherboards are also on the list.Asus has confirmed FAQ Intel 200 series and previous motherboards are not compatible with Windows 11. In fact, vendors discourage owners from purchasing TPM 2.0 modules for their motherboards because it may not work.
Asus did not provide a detailed change log of the exact changes in the new firmware. The only clue we have to go on is the short description of the firmware, which claims to “support installation or upgrade of WIN 11”.We updated our ROG’s largest Apex 12 The previous 2201 firmware of the motherboard was upgraded to the latest 2301 firmware, and Windows 11 was supported to investigate this matter.
First, Intel’s Platform Trust Technology (PTT) is still disabled by default. Even with the latest firmware, if you plan to upgrade to Windows 11 or install a fresh copy of the operating system, you still need to manually enter the motherboard’s BIOS and enable the PTT option. For those who are not familiar with the term, PTT essentially supports the same security protocol as TPM without the need for a physical module.
Enabling PTT will unlock a large number of security-related options for you to use. We compared the default settings of the 2201 and 2301 firmware and did not find any difference. What ASUS has implanted in the new firmware is still a mystery.