There are a number of reasons why you may need to check which motherboard you currently have. You may want to sell your PC and publish all relevant specifications for potential buyers. More importantly, you may want to update your CPU and know which motherboard and chipset you need to make sure you don’t buy an incompatible processor. Fortunately, as the list goes on, one of the easiest things to do is figure out which motherboard your PC build is.
Below we have listed several ways you can check which motherboard you have, in the order in which they are easy to use.
With this in mind, let’s go into that right away!
Open your computer and look
For me, the easiest way to check which motherboard you have is to simply open your PC and take a physical look at the motherboard. The manufacturer and model number are always displayed somewhere on the motherboard – usually outside of the main hardware.
Below is an example of where the motherboard manufacturer and model number can be:
As you can see from the examples above, most motherboards show their manufacturer and model number – although not always in the same style or position. For those who have no PC build experience yet, the easiest way is to familiarize yourself with some of the most popular brands and chipsets to see if you’re looking at these specific details.
Popular motherboard manufacturers:
Popular motherboard chipsets:
Despite the examples we use, in which the manufacturer and model number are listed next to each other, it rarely happens that the brand and model number are separated on the circuit board. In these scenarios, simply look for a 4-digit code (similar to the common chipsets mentioned above) to determine which motherboard you have.
Check through the command prompt
If opening your PC case and playing around between cables and hardware seems a bit too time-consuming and difficult, the following method will save you the effort. While many may feel uncomfortable with the command prompt, this is one of the easiest ways to find out which motherboard you currently have. Here is the method:
- Start typing “CMD’In the Windows search function – for most users at the bottom left – and tap on the Enter key
- At the command prompt, type: wmic baseboard product received, manufacturer and tap Enter
- The manufacturer of your motherboard and the model number are displayed
Use “System Information”.
Although Command Prompt is an absolutely acceptable way to check your system’s hardware, there are some people who just don’t like to use it. Instead, you can always check the “system information” of the PC for these people.
Under “System Information” you will find all kinds of information about the hardware of your PC, including the CPU, the motherboard, the available memory and a whole range of other useful specifications.
Here’s how to navigate system information and check which motherboard you have:
- Start typing “System information’In the Windows search function – lower left corner for most users
- Simply scroll down the system information until you see the B.aseboard manufacturer’Item.
- This will show the brand of the motherboard
- Below you should be able to see:Baseboard productThis is the chipset and model name of the motherboard used
Simply close the window when you are finished and have noted the information you want. As simple as that.
However, it is worth noting that this method does not work for all users. For whatever reason, sometimes certain information is not shown in the system information. In this case, you need to go back to the above methods or follow the steps below.
Use third-party hardware verification software
The last option is to download third-party software that shows all the information for you. Although there are a lot of these programs, we like to stick with CPU-Z as it is free and does the job perfectly.
How to use CPU-Z to find out which motherboard you have:
- First, download CPU-Z from here if you haven’t already
- After downloading and installing, simply download the program by double-clicking the CPU-Z desktop icon
- After opening, select the “MotherboardOption listed
- Here you have access to the motherboard manufacturer, model number and a host of other statistics on the makeup of your motherboard
For me, this is the best way if you want to sell your current PC. CPU-Z not only shows the motherboard specifications, but pretty much every other hardware specification – including CPU, RAM and graphics.
Motherboards can be extremely complicated hardware if you are new to creating custom PCs. That’s why we’ve created a number of useful articles over the years to help builders better understand how motherboards work. Here are some of our most popular:
So there you are, folks, our full guide on how to check which motherboard your PC currently has. Ultimately, checking your hardware is extremely easy. As shown, there are several ways to check these details. All of this requires very little technical knowledge or expertise.
Nevertheless, we hope that this article has helped you in your search for the motherboard of your PC. If you’re still having trouble determining which board is in your PC, drop us a comment in the section below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Better yet, visit our Community Hub, where you can discuss everything about motherboards with like-minded people.