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Best TPM 2.0 Modules for Windows 11 in 2022

With Windows 11 requiring TPM 2.0 chips, just what are the best modules that Microsoft has made mandatory?
Last Updated on February 1, 2022

With the entire internet in a tizzy over the new revelation that a TPM – Trusted Platform Module – is going to be required for Windows 11, we’ve gone full-on with explaining the situation and also what they actually are.

So with the need for security being upped by Microsoft, just what are the best TPMs for your system?

Usually, on PCGuide, there’s a specific answer, an ‘editors choice’ and such, but with TPMs it’s generally best to go with your specific brand of motherboard’s own TPM. Simplicity is the best policy when it comes to adding to your darling machine.

Most chips fit the slots designed for them on the boards, so going out of your way to try and put a circle in a square hole is not going to help anyone. There are some cases of older motherboards supporting different chips, like this Gigabyte board from 2011 supporting an ASUS chip due to the same pinouts.

In that article the Gigabyte boards are specifically designed to house Gigabyte TPMs – if they have them on at all – so your mileage will vary unless you want a grotesque cable mess hanging out the side of your motherboard. That or a chip having to be sent back.

What to avoid?

A thread on Superuser.com has pointed out that you want to avoid being lured into TPMs that are FW3.19 based, as these are 1.2 compatible, which Microsoft have changed their minds on last minute as being usable. Make sure you check the product page specifications section if you can.

 

Products at a Glance

Our Recommended

Best TPM 2.0 Modules for Windows 11 in 2022

1
PROS
  • Simple enough to install
CONS
  • Not compatible with all boards
2
Best MSI

MS-4462

PROS
  • Only two to really choose from
CONS
  • Fingers crossed that Microsoft walk this back
3
Built-In

Dell TPM

PROS
  • Built into almost every modern Dell PC
CONS
  • You'll have to shell out for a Dell PC
4
PROS
  • Set it and forget it!
CONS
  • Unclear messaging about what's supported
5

Best TPM 2.0 Modules for Windows 11 in 2022

PROS
CONS

What TPM is best for my board?

Honestly, it’s always and will always be one that matches your brand.

It’s a little long in the tooth, but if you can have a look through the information provided on their websites and ensure you know what category your motherboard sits in.

Can I mix and match?

It’s not recommended. You’re probably going to want to stick to your brand of motherboard just to avoid any potential issues.

Why are TPMs so expensive?

They’re usually not!

These little devices often sit around the $15/£15 mark, sometimes as low as just a few bob.

The issue is that in 2021, scalping reigns supreme because they know that FOMO is very real and will entice pundits in to outbid each other at the slight chance of getting hold of the next OS this (rumored) October.

Our Verdict

Best ASUS

Best TPM 2.0 Modules for Windows 11 in 2022

This isn’t really a verdict if we’re honest. It’s very much just a ‘choose what you have’. Our system just defaults to what’s first, because this should never have really been a discussion.

TPM is vital to Microsoft’s entire security system this time around, embedded within Windows Hello (webcam unlocks), BitLocker, and Secure Boot. More security is fine, but I feel that a lot of people could remain on Windows 10 instead of faffing around with the motherboard.