How To Quickly Check What Motherboard You Have

Finding out what PC components your system has can be easy, but some components are a bit difficult to find. For instance, it takes a few steps to find out what motherboard your PC has. So when someone asks you what motherboard you are using, here is how to quickly give them a correct answer.

Lucky for you there are various methods that you can use to find out what motherboard you have.

1. Check Your Motherboard Using Command Prompt

You can find what motherboard your PC has from Command Prompt. Here are the steps you must follow:

Step 1 – Press together Windows + R keys to start the Windows Run function, type cmd and press Enter/OK.

Step 2 – Enter the following command:

wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber

You should see some details about your motherboard, such as the manufacturer name, the name of the board, its serial number, and the version. Basically, the product name is the answer to the question “what motherboard do I have?”

2. Check Your Motherboard Using Windows System Information

Although Windows System Information may not identify some motherboards from Asus, Dell, or Razer, if you think you have a compatible motherboard that could be identified with Windows System Information (such as Gigabyte and MSI), follow these steps:

Step 1 – Press together Windows + R keys to start the Windows Run function, type msinfo32, and press Enter/OK.

Step 2 – The System Information window will open and you will see directly some information about your motherboard, processor, and other details. Look for Baseboard Manufacturer, BaseBoard Product, and BaseBoard Version to learn what motherboard you have.

Note: If the information is unavailable, then Windows System Information doesn’t recognize it and you will need to use another method to see what motherboard your system is using.

3. Check Your Motherboard Using CPU-Z

If you want more information about your motherboard or Command Prompt cannot give you the details about it, try the free software CPU-Z. This software is very popular and reliable, and it can tell you more about your PC hardware components, not just about the motherboard.

Step 1 – Go to the CPU-Z website to download the program for free. Install and start the program

Step 2 – Go to the Motherboard tab to find out everything you need to know about your motherboard

4. Check Your Motherboard Physically

If you’d rather check your motherboard physically because you cannot turn on your PC, you can always try to open the side panel of the case and take a peek inside.

You will need a flashlight and look for the biggest text on the main board. Depending on the brand or model number, the names may be positioned in various places. Sometimes, they may be under the RAM slots or between the CPU or GPU.

However, you may have some issues finding the name if some components, such as a big cooler or a beefy GPU covers it.

Last but not least, if you still have the box in which your motherboard came, you can easily look on the label and see the model and serial number.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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