Knowing your system’s specs is absolutely important, particularly when you are looking ahead to upgrade its hardware. Well, a lot of times, we keep on running our PC for years without even knowing the integral parts of it, and of which series or model do they belong to! Learning about it is essential to ensure that you are aware about whether or not an individual component of your PC is compatible to the rest of the system. Well, finding out the model number of your graphics card or your processor is an easy job, but the trick comes when you have to find out what motherboard it is!
Why it is Important To Know Which Motherboard You are Using?
The motherboard of a PC is a complex setup of circuits, chips, heat sinks and different other components including the RAM, CPU, the graphics card and other parts that will enable you to run your PC. You need to understand the specs of your motherboard at the first place, so as to determine the RAM that would fit right into your system.
Also, it will give you a clarity about having PCIe 4.0 slots. Accordingly, you can also decide the kinds of fancy CPUs that you would be eligible to purchase. However, finding out the motherboard model is a bit tricky but you can still find if from the manufacturer, or the retail stores, and would even be able to analyse your compatibility information and other details thereafter. Understanding which model of motherboard is inside your PC is a bit difficult, and that’s when you need to have a read through this guide!
If you are willing to figure out the model number of your motherboard, there is nothing to worry! Listed down are a few ways you can do it easily, and in no time:
1. Use a Command Prompt
It is one of the best ways through which you can discover the information of your motherboard.
In order to run Command Prompts, note down the steps as stated below:
Step 1: Type in ‘cmd’ in the Windows search bar and hit on the Enter button.
Step 2: Type in ‘wmic baseboard get product, Manufacturer’ in Command Prompt.
Step 3: You will find your motherboard manufacturer alongside its name and model displayed right on the screen.
Another way through which you can open the Command Prompt is by using the Run shortcut buttons with Windows + R.
Now type ‘cmd’ in the search bar and press the Enter button.
Make sure that you are running the Command Prompt as an administrator. You may prompt the Windows Management Interface Command, commonly abbreviated as the WMIC on the Command window to witness the manufacturer name, model number and other details of your motherboard.
You may even type in: “wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber”
Do not use space between the modifiers, just separate them with a comma.
2. Open the PC and check for your motherboard
Simply open up your PC and look for the manufacturer. You will be able to find the motherboard details mentioned right there! Once you have discovered the manufacturer’s logo on the motherboard, look a bit in the surroundings to get the motherboard’s model name. You will get to see a 4-digit code or a string that would start with an alphabet followed by three numbers. This would represent the motherboard’s chipset and the model number as well.
3. Checking in Windows with System information
You can even check the motherboard model number in the Windows by simply checking for it in the System information menu. Follow the steps as mentioned below:
Step 1: Type in ‘System Information’ in the Windows search bar
Step 2: Scroll down on the System Summary tab. You will be coming across the option such as “Baseboard manufacturer” or “Motherboard manufacturer.”
Step 3: You will also find “Motherboard / BaseBoard Model” and “Motherboard / BaseBoard name” right beside the manufacturer information.
Note: This is not a full proof method to check your motherboard model number. It might not work right for you all the time, but will surely help you fetch the system details if you are having a newer motherboard.
4. Using third party software
A third party software is probably the solution to almost all our tech related issues! Similarly, it seems to be proving helpful for displaying the motherboard details, the manufacturer info and the model number as well. Some of the most widely used third party software when it comes to checking your motherboard information include Specify and CPU-Z. While the former one will charge you around $ 19.95 for its premium version to check your motherboard’s model number, the latter one does it for free of cost! Another free motherboard checker is the Belarc Advisor.
5. With CPU -Z:
Once you install the program, just start it, and it would start analysing the components immediately. Simply select the ‘Mainboard’ tab to find out more information about your motherboard including the details such as the manufacturer, model, chipset and more.
6. With Belarc Advisor:
On the other hand, Belarc Advisor website is an amazing tool to help you learn about your motherboard specs. The best thing about this motherboard checker is that it keeps all the data private and does not share anything with the web servers.
Once the analysis is done, you can fetch all the information in the form of a summary through a local file from the browser itself. Eventually, it would go through a series of scans once you give it the permission to run. Simply click on the ‘Main Circuit Board’ tab to gain the information about your hardware components, login sessions, operating systems, connected devices and more.
How to find out your motherboard information on Linux?
The procedure of finding out which motherboard you use is really easy, particularly when you are using Linux.
- At first, press Ctrl + Alt + T together to open your Terminal in Linux.
- Now, type in the command: ‘sudo dmidecofr -t 2’
You will easily be able to find the summary of your motherboard on the display screen before you. It shall contain your motherboard information including its brand name, model number and serial number.
If you are using a PC, it is quite natural and obvious that you should be having all the information about your system’s motherboard. This will help you to analyze the compatibility of your system, specifically when you are planning for an upgradation!