There are a whole host of reasons why you might need to check what motherboard you currently have. Maybe you’re looking to sell your PC and would like to post all the relevant specifications for potential buyers. More importantly, you might want to upgrade your CPU and need to know what motherboard and chipset you have to ensure you don’t purchase an incompatible processor. While the list goes on, thankfully, finding out what motherboard your PC build has might be one of the simplest things you can do.
In this article, we’ll show you how to find out what model of motherboard you have and also talk a little about the different manufacturers that create them.
What Motherboard do I Have?
The first step on your journey to discover what motherboard is in your computer build is to determine if it already has one installed or not. If there are multiple components inside your PC case, such as graphics cards or hard drives, it might be difficult to identify the motherboard from looking at your desktop tower alone.
The following method saves you the time and effort of opening your PC case and messing around among the cables and hardware. While not everyone is comfortable with typing in commands, it's one of the simplest methods to discover out what motherboard you have. Here's how to do it:
- Start by typing ‘CMD’ into the Windows search function – a bottom left-hand corner for most users – and tap enter.
- Once inside the command prompt, type in the following – wmic baseboard get the product, Manufacturer and tap enter.
- This will bring up your motherboard manufacturer and model number.
Even though the command prompt is a perfectly acceptable way to check your system's hardware, some people dislike it. For those people, you may always use ‘System Information’ on the PC.
Inside "System Information," you'll find all kinds of data regarding your PC's hardware, including the CPU, motherboard, available RAM, and a slew of other useful information.