There are a whole host of reasons why you might need to check what motherboard you currently have. Maybe you’re looking to sell your PC and would like to post all the relevant specifications for potential buyers. More importantly, you might want to upgrade your CPU and need to know what motherboard and chipset you have to ensure you don't purchase a processor that is incompatible. While the list goes on, thankfully, finding out what motherboard your PC build has might be one of the simplest things you can do.
Below, we’ve listed a variety of different ways in which you can check what motherboard you have, ordered by how easy they are to do.
So, with that in mind, let’s dive straight into it!
Open Up Your Computer And Look
For me, the easiest way to check what motherboard you have is to simply open up your PC and physically look at the motherboard. The motherboard will always display the manufacturer and model number on it somewhere - usually out of the way of major hardware.
Below is an example of where the motherboard manufacturer and model number may be:
As you can see from the examples above, most motherboards showcase their manufacturer and model number - albeit not always in the same style or position. For those completely new to PC building, the easiest way to know whether you’re looking at those specific details is to simply familiarize yourself with some of the more popular brands and chipsets.
Popular motherboard manufacturers:
Popular motherboard chipsets:
Despite the examples we used showing the manufacturer and model number next to each other, there are rare occasions where the brand and model number will be separated on the board. In those scenarios, simply look for a 4-digit code (similar to the popular chipsets above) to determine which motherboard you have.
Check Via Command Prompt
If opening your PC case and fiddling around amongst the cables and hardware all seems a little too time consuming and difficult, the following method saves you the hassle. Whilst many may not feel comfortable dabbling around in the command prompt, it’s one of the easiest ways to find out what motherboard you currently have. Here’s the method:
- Start off by typing ‘CMD’ into the Windows search function - bottom left-hand corner for most users - and tap enter
- Once inside command prompt, type in the following - wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer and tap enter
- This will bring up your motherboard manufacturer and model number
Use 'System Information'
Despite the command prompt being a perfectly acceptable way of checking your system’s hardware, there are a few individuals that simply don’t like using it. For those individuals, you can always check the PC’s ‘System Information’ instead.
Inside 'System Information', you can find all sorts of information on your PC’s hardware, including the CPU, motherboard, available RAM, and a whole host of other useful specs.
That being said, here’s how to navigate and check what motherboard you have via System Information:
- Start off by typing ‘System Information’ into the Windows search function - bottom left-hand corner for most users
- Once inside System Information, simply scroll down until you see the ‘Baseboard manufacturer’ item.
- This will display the brand of the motherboard
- Underneath this, you should be able to see ‘Baseboard product’, this is the chipset and model name of the motherboard you’re using
Simply close the window down once you are finished and have noted the information you require. It’s as easy as that.
One thing worth mentioning, however, is that this method doesn’t work for all users. Sometimes, for whatever reasons, certain bits of information aren’t displayed in the system information. If this is the case, you’ll have to proceed back to the above methods, or, do the following.
Use Third-Party Hardware Checking Software
The final option is to download a piece of third-party software that displays all the information for you. Whilst there are a ton of these programs around, we like to stick with CPU-Z as it’s free and does the job perfectly.
Here’s how to use CPU-Z to find out what motherboard you have:
- Firstly, if you haven’t already, download CPU-Z from here
- Once downloaded and installed, simply load the program by double-clicking the CPU-Z desktop icon
- Once open, from the navigation bar at the top, select the ‘Mainboard’ option listed
- Inside here, you will have access to the motherboard manufacturer, the model number, and a whole plethora of other stats relating to your motherboard’s makeup
For me, this is the best way to go if you’re looking to sell your current PC. CPU-Z not only showcases the motherboard specs, but pretty much every other hardware spec too - including CPU, RAM, and graphics too.
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So, there you have it guys, our complete guide on how to check what motherboard your PC currently has. Ultimately, the process of checking your hardware is actually extremely simple. As shown, there are a number of different ways in which you can check these details - all of which require very little technical knowledge or know-how.
All being said, we hope this article has helped you in your quest to find out what motherboard your PC has. If you’re still struggling to determine which board is in your PC, why not drop us a comment in the section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Better still, why not head on over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything motherboard related with like-minded individuals.