Processors, for the longest time, are manufactured by Intel. If you were buying a laptop or desktop a few years ago, whether it was a Mac or a Windows system, it looks like a processor made by Intel. That has changed. Apple now manufactures its own processors and users looking to purchase a Windows system also have other options.
AMD CPUs on Windows 11
AMD is famous for manufacturing GPUs but also makes CPU chips. Newer models of laptop and desktop that come pre-installed with Windows 11 come with AMD CPUs (models with Intel CPUs are still available). If you have a Windows 10 system, and it has an AMD CPU, chances are high that you will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 without any hassle.
AMD CPUs – Windows 11 compatibility
Microsoft has listed it AMD CPUs compatible with Windows 11. If you have one of these models on your system, you will be able to upgrade to the new OS without any hassle. The list is not exhaustive. Just like Intel CPUs, there seem to be other AMD CPUs that meet the basic processor requirement for Windows 11; 1GHz or faster with two or more cores on a 64-bit compatible processor or system on a chip. If your AMD CPU meets these requirements but is not on the list of approved / compatible CPUs, you can still upgrade to Windows 11.
Find AMD CPU models & specs
You can use the task manager to find out what CPU you have, its model number, speed, and the number of cores.
- Open Task Manager.
- Go to the Performance tab.
- Select your CPU from the left column.
- In the pan on the right, look at the top right corner to find the CPU name and model number.
- Scroll further down and you will see how many cores the processor has and if it is 32-bit or 64-bit.
AMD CPUs are not commenting yet. They make up a much smaller overall market share but their Ryzen line is fast becoming one of the favorite models for gaming enthusiasts. These CPUs are usually capable of stand-alone against an Intel CPU. If you are assembling your own PC, ie, buying each part yourself, it is a good idea to check all your CPU settings, both Intel and AMD. They tend to be a bit expensive but you will find that they make up for the price in performance.
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