Windows 11 causes TPM shortage, scalping: here is where to buy
Windows 11 Is Microsoft’s first operating system that requires TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, Sending crazy potential upgraders to online retailers to find hardware modules. As users tried to obtain a TPM as soon as possible to ensure that their PCs were compatible with the new operating system, demand surged overnight, but the market was down. In some cases, TPM, which sells for $15 through eBay, is now as high as $100.
As you can see in the chart below, we delved into the TPM market to understand the immediate impact on price and availability after Windows 11 was released. We also have a guide that explains which modules are available for your motherboard.
The TPM market basically collapsed overnight, and almost all modules were completely out of stock. Some TPMs are still available, but their prices are much higher. Scalping has taken a dominant position, as we currently see in many other areas of the PC market. Continued chip shortages may make timely replenishment more like a dream rather than a reality, and we may see the long-term existence of TPM shortages.
The good news is The physical module is optional on most systems, Thanks to all modern Intel and AMD CPUs that have a firmware-based TPM that runs in the trusted execution environment of the chip. If your motherboard supports CPU-based TPM, you can turn it on through UEFI/BIOS.
Each motherboard label usually sells a specific TPM, which can be used with most or all motherboards. If you are looking for a physical TPM for Windows 11 support, this is what the market looks like.
GIGABYTE TPM module
Currently, all Gigabyte TPM modules from popular retailers such as Newegg and Amazon are out of stock, and there is no indication of when they will be restocked.
GIGABYTE’s motherboard has two TPM modules, which we will introduce in detail below. Take a quick look, pricing on eBay has exploded: GC-TPM2.0 module is available Up to $89.99, Which is an absurd price for a simple TPM with a retail price of $15.Not to mention GC-TPM2.0_S, its price is higher $100 on eBay Before it is out of stock. The retail price of the device is usually $20.
GIGABYTE has two modules available in the US GC-TPM2.0 Supports Intel 200 series motherboards up to 9 series (such as Z97 and X99) and AM4 and FM2 motherboards (we assume it supports all AM4 and FM2 motherboards because Gigabyte does not specify the chipset model).
This GC-TPM2.0_S It is a newer module designed to support the updated Intel 300 series chipset board and X299 for HEDT platform. For AMD, this TPM module supports all 500, 400 and 300 series motherboards and TRX40 for Threadripper. Unlike other Gigabyte modules, this chip does not support FM2 motherboards.
according to retail From the perspective of price history, the price range of GC-TPM2.0 in the past two years is very wide. The price before 2020 was as low as $15, but rose to $70 when it peaked in mid-2020. As for 2021, the price last appeared at around US$35.
Fortunately, the price of GC-TPM2.0_S seems to be more stable in the past few years. Throughout the end of 2019 and the entire year of 2020, we believe that the pricing will be as low as $20 and will remain relatively stable there. However, with the arrival of 2021, the price has doubled to an average of about US$50, with peaks of US$80 and US$90 respectively. The latest price is $44.99.
ASUS TPM module
For ASUS users, the choice of buying TPM is very simple: TPM-M R2.0 It is the only product. ASUS did not provide detailed information about specific motherboard support, so we believe this module is intended to be used on all ASUS motherboards that support physical TPM.
The pricing of TPM-M R2.0 is significantly better than Gigabyte’s products. Just before being sold out on June 27, the price soared to $25.16. This model is also sold out on eBay.
MSI TPM module
MSI has two TPM modules, one of which can now be purchased from Amazon through third-party sellers.
We have no specifications at all TPM V3.19 (B00C2DKC88) — Neither MSI’s website nor Amazon provides compatibility information. According to customer reviews, it does apply to modern Intel motherboards from H77 to B450.
MSI MS-4136 Is another option. This TPM is designed to fit Intel 300 series and AMD 400 series motherboards.
MSI does have an updated TPM module MS-4462, which supports AMD 500 series and Intel-400 series motherboards, but only on Memory Express. The price of at least $19.99 is considerable
The TPM V3.19 module is priced at US$24.99, but the MS-4136 is currently out of stock.
Supermicro TPM module
Supermicro has two TPM modules: AOM-TPM-9665V-C and AOM-TPM-9665V. 9665V-C is designed to support Intel Core i5/i7 chips and Xeon E3 CPUs. The 9665V model is designed to support any TPM header.
You can now pick up the AOM-TPM-9665V-C chip $34.85 on Amazon. As for the AOM-TPM-9665V, the price is rock solid and stable at US$40.88 because it is only on sale (From Amazon) Since yesterday.
Installing a TPM module for your motherboard is definitely a difficult task, because these devices are either out of stock or very expensive. Generally, anything with a simple TPM higher than $20-25 is too expensive, but due to the requirements of Windows 11, it is expected that the situation will get worse before it gets better.