Which CPUs (Intel & AMD) are Compatible With Windows 11?

With the excitement of a new OS announcement from Windows comes a bit of a headache. Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 is set to have some stricter hardware requirements that may bar users with older systems from using it. The main crux of the issue is security. For Windows 11 to be as secure as Microsoft wants it to be, it requires newer processors that boast TMP (Trusted Platform Module) chips.

But that’s just one of the new requirements that your system will need to meet. For a full breakdown of system requirement changes, click here to read our guide that lays out all of the details. For this brief overview, I’ll just be focussing on CPU compatibility. Microsoft has already published which AMD and Intel CPUs Windows 11 will be compatible with. You’ll find that information below as well as some general CPU requirements.

 


Intel CPUs Compatible with Windows 11

You’ll need to be rocking an 8th-generation CPU or newer to enjoy Windows 11. Thankfully, most of the CPUs being kicked from Windows 11 date back to pre-2017. Most users with semi-modern systems won’t have to worry about the change not supporting their system. Now, this list isn’t the most comprehensive, as that would trail on for pages. But you can check out the more popular consumer CPUs that are supported down below. If you happen to have an obscure CPU that you’re unsure about then it is best to check out Microsoft’s complete list of compatible CPUs. 

Intel 8th generation (Coffee Lake; Whiskey Lake; Amber Lake)


Desktop

  • Core i3-8100
  • Core i5-8400
  • Core i5-8600
  • Core i5-8600K
  • Core i7-8700
  • Core i7-8700K
  • Core i7-8086K


Mobile

  • Core m3-8100Y
  • Core i5-8200Y
  • Core i3-8130U
  • Core i3-8145U
  • Core i3-8100H
  • Core i5-8250U
  • Core i5-8250U
  • Core i5-8400H
  • Core i7-8650U
  • Core i7-8665U
  • Core i7-8750H

Intel 9th generation (Coffee Lake Refresh)

Desktop

  • Core i3-9100
  • Core i5-9400
  • Core i5-9600
  • Core i5-9600K
  • Core i7-9700
  • Core i7-9700K
  • Core i9-9900
  • Core i9-9900K

Intel 10th generation (Comet Lake; Ice Lake; Amber Lake)

Desktop

  • Core i3-10100
  • Core i5-10400
  • Core i5-10600
  • Core i5-10600K
  • Core i7-10700
  • Core i7-10700K
  • Core i9-10900
  • Core i9-10900K

Mobile

  • Core i3-10100Y
  • Core i3-10100U
  • Core i5-10210U
  • Core i5-10200H
  • Core i5-10400H
  • Core i7-10510U
  • Core i7-10710U
  • Core i7-10750H
  • Core i7-10850H
  • Core i9-10980HK

Intel 11th generation (Tiger Lake)

Desktop

  • Core i3-11100
  • Core i5-11400
  • Core i5-11600
  • Core i5-11600K
  • Core i7-11700
  • Core i7-11700K
  • Core i9-11900
  • Core i9-11900K

Mobile

  • Core i3-1115G4
  • Core i5-1135G7
  • Core i5-11300H
  • Core i7-1165G7
  • Core i7-1185G7
  • Core i7-11375H

AMD CPUs Compatible with Windows 11

If you’re on Team Red and have an AMD CPU then you may have to upgrade sooner compared to if you have an Intel processor. The approved list of AMD processors goes back to right around 2018, which covers anything from the 2nd-generation Ryzen processors and later. Now, there has been some conflicting information from Microsoft. They’ve stated that any Ryzen CPU with Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 should run Windows 11. 

This would include 1st-generation Ryzen processors. While those CPUs may work with Windows 11, we’re not going to include them in our list since they have not been officially supported by Microsoft yet. Additionally, the 3300X, 3700, 4600HS, and 5900H are all missing from Microsoft’s official list despite being newer CPUs that certainly meet the criteria. Whether or not this is an intentional omission or just an oversight is yet to be known. Information is still coming down the pipeline as the launch date draws closer, so keep checking back here for updates as they come out. 

AMD Ryzen 2000 series (Zen+; Zen)

Desktop

  • Ryzen 3 2300X
  • Ryzen 5 2600
  • Ryzen 7 2700
  • Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX
  • Ryzen Threadripper 2990X

AMD Ryzen 3000 series (Zen 2; Zen+)

Desktop

  • Ryzen 3 3100
  • Ryzen 5 3600
  • Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Ryzen 9 3900
  • Ryzen 9 3900X
  • Ryzen 9 3950X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3995WX
  • Ryzen 3 3200G
  • Ryzen 5 3400G

Mobile

  • Ryzen 3 3300U
  • Ryzen 5 3500U
  • Ryzen 5 3550H
  • Ryzen 7 3700U
  • Ryzen 7 3750H

AMD Ryzen 4000 series (Zen 2)

Desktop

  • Ryzen 3 4300G
  • Ryzen 5 4600G
  • Ryzen 7 4700G

Mobile

  • Ryzen 3 4300U
  • Ryzen 5 4500U
  • Ryzen 5 4600H
  • Ryzen 7 4700U
  • Ryzen 7 4800HS
  • Ryzen 7 4800H
  • Ryzen 9 4900HS
  • Ryzen 9 4900H

AMD Ryzen 5000 series (Zen 3)

Desktop

  • Ryzen 5 5600X
  • Ryzen 7 5800X
  • Ryzen 9 5900X
  • Ryzen 9 5950X

Mobile

  • Ryzen 3 5400U
  • Ryzen 5 5600U
  • Ryzen 5 5600HS
  • Ryzen 5 5600H
  • Ryzen 7 5800U
  • Ryzen 7 5800HS
  • Ryzen 7 5800H
  • Ryzen 9 5900HS
  • Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • Ryzen 9 5980HS
  • Ryzen 9 5980HX

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