There are a few ways to determine what motherboard is in your computer. Most use software to show you what Windows detects you’re running. However, you can also do it manually if you don’t mind a little elbow grease.
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The motherboard in your computer should be labeled with the information about what type it is.
- Power off your computer and flip the power switch on the back of the power supply if you have one. Unplug the computer from the wall.
- Check to see how to open your case unless there’s a window that happens to display the tag on the motherboard. Some cases require screwdrivers, while others can be opened by pushing a latch or removing bolts with your fingers. Look along the side of the case where it meets the back to find the removal method.
- Remove the side door of the case. You don’t have to completely disconnect it if you can access the motherboard without taking it off.
- Remove any parts that obstruct your vision. The label or marking placement on the motherboard will vary by brand. Look for a standard printed label if you can. Some motherboards also have the model and manufacturer printed on the board itself. Once you find it, write down the information on it.
- Plug the computer in. Flip the switch on the PSU and turn your computer on again.
This is a much slower way than checking with software. However, if your computer is having problems finding it or you can’t access Windows, it’s one way to get an answer about what motherboard you’re using.
Windows System Information
Windows has a utility called System Information that can give you a quick rundown of the parts in your computer.
- Press the Windows Key to open the search bar.
- Type System Information into the search bar.
- Click on the corresponding app to open the System Information utility.
- Scroll down to Baseboard Manufacturer and make a note of the name.
- Look at Baseboard Product and make a note of the name.
The Baseboard product entry is the most important one for most people. You can usually use that information to get everything you need to know about your motherboard. However, not every motherboard will tell Windows what type it is.
You can also use a command prompt string to get your needed information. Make sure to use the exact same letters when you input the command to get it to work.
- Press the Windows Key + X.
- Choose Command Prompt.
wmic baseboard get product
After that Type
wmic baseboard get manufacturer
- Press Enter. The information you’re looking for should be displayed in the same window.
This should give you the same information you’d get from using System Information.
No matter how you choose to get your motherboard model, remember to write it down somewhere in case you need to know later, so you don’t have to repeat these steps.
You can install many programs to give you system information, monitor your components, and generally give you more control and access to data about your computer.
If you’re having trouble finding your motherboard information with these methods, consider using one of these programs.
Finding More Information
Once you have this information, there are several ways to find out more.
- Visit the manufacturer’s website to look up details on their products. You can often find these in the Support section of the website.
- You can also use a search engine to find a PDF copy of the manual for most motherboards. If you need things like hookup schematics or power information, this is a great way to find it.
- Enthusiast communities who build and repair PCs will also help you fix problems with your build – but it’s easier on forums if you have all the information. Knowing the model number can help people help you.
These are just a few ways to use the model information to learn more about your motherboard.