A motherboard is essentially the backbone of your computer. Major components such as the CPU(central processing unit), memory, and other peripherals are all housed in the motherboard. The motherboard allows communication between many crucial electronic components of a computer. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can check which motherboard you have and determine the model number in several ways.
What Is A Motherboard?
A motherboard is often referred to as the “mother” of all components. These components include sound cards, video cards, network cards, hard drives, RAM, etc. If you’ve never seen your computer’s motherboard before, it’ll seem a little overwhelming when you first take a look. The nearly perfect PCB connections and how each component just seemingly fits into place is a work of art. The base layer of a motherboard is made of a non-conductive material, on which copper or aluminum traces are printed to provide electronic communication. Additionally, several slots and connection ports are provided on the motherboard. This allows components such as RAM, Video Cards, Power Connectors, CPU, and Hard Drives to be inserted and removed at ease.
How to Check Which Motherboard You Have?
If you were to open up your computer, you’ll find it nearly impossible to navigate through the jumble of wires and circuit components to locate the model number on your motherboard. That being said, we recommend that you don’t tamper with the insides of your computer. A small chip or even dent to a hardware component could cause permanent damage to your PC. Instead, there are several ways you can check which motherboard you have simply through Windows itself.
Method #1: Using System Information
System Information or msinfo32 is a built-in Windows application where you can view the model and details of all components connected to your computer. You can also find out the model number of your motherboard. Hence, if you ever need to find out your model number to purchase a replacement, check for tutorials online, or simply want to know out of curiosity, just follow the instructions below.
- First, open the Run window by holding the Windows Key + R. Type in “msinfo32” and hit Enter.
- Click on System Summary on the left-hand side.
- There will be a lot of details listed here but, you want to look at the fields labeled as “System Model” and “System Manufacturer“.
These two fields indicate the motherboard model and the manufacturer that developed it. You can also view the details through the “BaseBoard model” and “BaseBoard Manufacturer” fields as well. A quick Google search with your “System Model” followed by the word “motherboard” should bring up all the details and information you need to know about your specific motherboard.
Method #2: Using Command Prompt
You can also use the Windows command line to find out your motherboards model number. First, you’ll want to open up Command Prompt. To do this, hold down the Windows Key + R, then enter “cmd” in the Run window.
When the terminal appears, enter the following command “systeminfo”. This basically provides a command-line version of the System Information application we viewed in the first method. Similarly, to obtain the motherboard model number just look for the subheadings “System Model” and “System Manufacturer”. Instead of having to sort through all the details that the “systeminfo” command provides, you can enter a command that only shows the motherboard model and its manufacturer. To do this, just enter the command “wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer”.
Method #3: Using A Third-Party Tool
Third-party tools often offer much more in-depth details and specifications about your motherboard compared to default Windows programs. There are hundreds of software out there that can provide you with details about your computer. We recommend using Speccy, a product developed by the creators of CCleaner.
After downloading and installing Speccy, open it and it will automatically begin analyzing your computer to retrieve the system’s data. You’ll be able to see all of your computer’s general details such as its operating system, CPU, RAM, Graphics Card, installed Hard Drives, and model no. of your motherboard. Moreover, if you click on the Motherboard tab located on the left, you’ll see some expanded details. For example, the motherboard version and chipset details (the Southbridge chipset controls all the computer’s input/output functions). You can also view your system temperature. An abnormally high temperature usually indicates something is malfunctioning on your motherboard.
Method #4: The Manual Way
Now, this method requires you to remove the back panel of your desktop or laptop computer in order to physically check your motherboard model number. Usually, this panel can be taken off by removing several screws inserted at the outer-edge perimeters of the computer. The motherboard’s serial number is usually printed on a barcode sticker for most computers. The location of the sticker, however, varies from system to system. Usually, its located in an open space where no other PCB connections are interfering. Moreover, it can be labeled on the top or bottom side of the motherboard. Hence, in certain computers, you’ll have to remove the entire motherboard from the computer’s case.
An easier way to determine your model number is by checking the sticker label on the side of your computer’s package box. You’ll find both the model number as well as a unique serial number for your computer(usually listed after the words SSN, S/N or SN).
We hope now you know how to check which motherboard you have and determine your motherboard’s model number. The motherboard is an essential part that supports and provides a communication medium for all your computer’s major components. Hence, it’s important to know which motherboard model you’re operating in order to troubleshooter errors, purchase replacements, or to simply learn more about it.