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What are AMD CPUs on Windows 11?

Processors have, for the longest time, been manufactured by Intel. If you were to buy a laptop or a desktop a few short years ago, regardless if it were a Mac or a Windows system, chances are it would have an Intel made processor. That has changed. Apple now manufactures its own processors and users looking to buy a Windows system have other options as well.

AMD CPUs on Windows 11

AMD is known for manufacturing GPUs but it also makes CPU chips. Newer laptop and desktop models that are coming with Windows 11 pre-installed 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’ll be able to upgrade it to Windows 11 without any trouble.

AMD CPUs – Windows 11 compatibility 

Microsoft has released a list of AMD CPUs that are compatible with Windows 11. If you have one of this models on your system, you will be able to upgrade to the new OS without any trouble. The list is not exhaustive. Much like Intel CPUs, there are likely other AMD CPUs that meet the basic processor requirement for Windows 11; 1GHz or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip. If your AMD CPU meets this requirements but it is not on the list of approved/compatible CPUs, you can still upgrade to Windows 11.

Find AMD CPU model & specs

You can use the task manager to find out which CPU you have, its model number, speed, and number of cores in it. 

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Performance tab.
  3. Select your CPU from the column on the left.
  4. In the pane on the right, look at the top right corner to find the name and model number of the CPU.
  5. Scroll further down and you’ll be able to see how many cores the processor has and if it’s 32-bit or 64-bit.


AMD CPUs aren’t comment, yet. They make up a much smaller market share overall but their Ryzen line is quickly becoming one of the preferred models for gaming enthusiasts. These CPUs are mostly able to hold up on their own against an Intel CPU. If you’re assembling your own PC, i.e., buying each part yourself, it’s a good idea to check all your CPU options, both Intel and AMD. They tend to be a bit expensive but you will find they make up for the price in performance.


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