How to find out what motherboard do I have?

The motherboard is a piece of equipment in the PC which plays a very important role in operating your system. It holds the important parts of your computer like motherboard serial number lookupRAM, OS, memory and Input/Output connectors. 

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The most important question before making any changes in your PC is what motherboard do I have? You may need to know what motherboard is installed on your PC. It may be just out of curiosity or in case you need to change any components like RAM.

It is easy to dismantle your PC and check your motherboard only if you are a good technician. But our advice is not to make things complicated unless you know what you are doing. 

So, dismantling your PC is not the only method of checking your motherboard information. You can check your motherboard with some tricks on your PC itself. Here we have listed some of the tricks in knowing your motherboard which you can learn from. 

How to know, What motherboard do I have?

1. Direct inspection method

How to check the motherboard model physically? Your MotherBoard and all other components are previously written down physically on the motherboard.

So you can choose this method to know ‘what is my motherboard’. We recommend you to follow this method only if your system refuses to switch ON or if your motherboard is not currently installed.  

The serial number and other info are printed on the motherboard. The models will be different for different brands. Hence check the layouts carefully and know the motherboard specs by directly inspecting the components. 

2. Using Command Prompt

The best method to find out the model and hardware of your windows motherboard is by using the command prompt. 

In the command prompt, you can easily access different statistics of your motherboard using commands. Here are the steps to find your motherboard stats using your command prompt.

Step 1 

Open your Run prompt in your Windows pc, either by pressing ‘Windows+R’ or by searching the ‘RUN’ application in the start menu.

You can also use PowerShell to search the statistics.

Step 2

Enter the ‘cmd’ command in the Run program and press enter. You will see a black window with cursor blinking which is the command screen. 

Now in the command line type the below code and click enter.

wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber

Once you click enter, you will find the complete stats of the motherboard installed in your PC as shown in the figure.

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Note: You can also search for system info in the run command to view some specs in the Windows System Information. 

To check the motherboard in the windows system info, search for the run program in your start menu first. Next in the search bar enter the term ‘msinfo32’ and click ‘Ok’.

Once you click ok, a window showing all the system information will be displayed. For motherboard data, click on the System summery option.

For the question, how do I find my motherboard in the device manager? You can click on the properties of my computer and click on the device manager.

In the device manager click the ‘IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers option’. This will show your motherboard specifications.

3. Using the Speccy tool

There is a free tool called Speccy, which can also be used to find out the type of motherboard installed on your PC. The Command Prompt itself is enough to find What is my motherboard. But if you want to find other important information too, you can select this Speccy tool.

This is a free tool that has a bunch of options that will help to determine your system information with a single click. 

The operation of the tool is also not complicated. You can just find all the data just by opening the tool.

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Once you install and open the Speccy tool, you will see a set of data on your PC. To access the motherboard data, you can click on the motherboard tab on the sidebar. You can see all the motherboard stats here. 

4. Using CPU-Z tool

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The CPU-Z is another tool that gives you detailed specifications of your motherboard data. You can choose this tool to find the stats if your command prompt or the Windows System Information doesn’t give the detailed statistics. 

To make this tool work, download and install the CPU-Z software on your PC. Once you click on the install button the tool will start analyzing the total statistics of your computer. 

To see the data, open the software from the Windows menu and you will see different specifications as shown below. 

For motherboard data click on the mainboard tab and you will see full statistics of your motherboard. 

5. Using Belarc Advisor

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This is another tool for checking your system info or the motherboard details. This is a free tool that you can install in your PC to check your system specs. 

To use this tool download the latest version and install it on your PC. Once it is installed open it and give permission to run. Then it scans all the info from your system and displays you the data.

The results are opened in your Browser tab which contains all the important data like OS data, Hardware data, connected devices, and other info.

Conclusion

The motherboard is the most essential part of your PC. Before making any changes to your motherboard you should know all the motherboard specs. Make sure your new components match the motherboard. 

Even if you want to upgrade to new drivers the system specs are so important. Make sure you know them correctly before updating. 

How to check the laptop motherboard? If you are using a laptop we advise you not to physically check your motherboard, since the components are complicated and also all the parts are installed on the motherboard. On the other hand, you can go through the papers given to you while buying your product. 

If your documentations are not clear you can use any one of the tools listed above to find the specs of your motherboard. 

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