When you are thinking of upgrading a piece of your hardware. You will need to figure out if the individual components are compatible with each other. Essentially everything plugs into your motherboard. The most popular upgrades such as CPU, RAM, and Graphics card might not be compatible with your motherboard. Meaning you will need to upgrade the motherboard as well or look for a different piece of hardware to upgrade to. But if you didn’t check beforehand on what you have then you could have been out more money than it’s worth.
Finding out what motherboard you have is pretty easy and straightforward. There is a number of different ways to do it.
Windows System information
Using system information is probably one of the easiest and no intrusive ways of looking for information on your motherboard. You can even get other information such as your processor and GPU. It isn’t entirely perfect as some systems might show “information unavailable” but we will be showing other ways to look up your motherboard later on.
Here is how to find out what motherboard you have through system information.
- At the bottom left of your screen use the windows search function and type “System Information“. Alternativly you can press the “Windows key + R” this will promt the run box and you then can type “msinfo32” and hit enter this will also bring up system information.
- Now that you are inside you will want to find Baseboard Manufacturer and Baseboard Product. These two sections will describe the manufacturer of your motherboard and the chipset and model name.
- If you are having trouble finding Baseboard Product. hit CRTL+F and type “Baseboard Product” into the search. This will highlight where it is on the screen.
Check motherboard through command prompt
This is similar to using system information, but instead of looking up all the information on your computer, we will directly ask the computer just for the motherboard information by using the command prompt.
- Lets start off by typing CMD into the Windows search bar. Once you hit enter this will bring up the command promt.
- Once the command promt is open, Type wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer and press enter.
- This will display the manufacture and the product type of your motherboard.
Use Third party software
There is a couple of different programs you can use to figure out your motherboard configuration. The added bonus about using third-party software is that it will give you tons of information about your PC. Not just finding the name everything from benching marking to monster temperatures can be achieved through third-party software. In this example, we will be using CPU-Z. But you can use other software if you like such as hwinfo . Hwinfo is just as good and also free.
- First download CPU-Z from Cpuid , Once downloaded please install.
- Run CPU-Z and then click on Mainboard. This should be the second tab at the top.
- Here you will find all the related information to your motherboard. Such a manufacturer and model.
Check the inside of your Computer
This is probably one of the hardest ways to check. Mainly because you have to open up your computer. If your computer is anything like mine finding the name and model of the motherboard isn’t always directly viewable. Especially if there is a heat sink in the way or a side-mounted GPU. but since it is a way to check I will be listing it last.
Most Motherboards will have the manufactures name and models written on the PCB somewhere. looking for it on the motherboard this way is great if you don’t have your computer hooked up or already disassembled the motherboard for resale. But the information can be hard to find if you have a cluttered board with GPU, RAM, CPU Cooler, etc installed. Depending on the board this might be hidden underneath. So I would try some of the above methods before resorting to this.
Please note: Some pre-built manufactures will void any warranty if the computer was opened. Please keep this in mind and check with your warranty before opening up your system.
Check your order history
If you know the website that you ordered your Motherboard from chances are they have your order history saved under your account. Amazon or Newegg will have your order history saved dating back a number of years. So if you aren’t on your computer you still have a way of finding out what motherboard you have.