If you're trying to identify your motherboard model, it's probably because of the following reasons:
- You need a chipset or driver update
- You need the motherboard form factor
- You are planning to upgrade your computer and need the product specifications
- You need a replacement or repair of your motherboard
Computer hardware such as the RAM and graphics card can easily be identified from the system specifications. However, it's not as straightforward when you need to find out what motherboard model you have.
Fortunately, it's not entirely so hard. You'll need to follow a few different steps depending on the motherboard and operating system you have. Here's a quick rundown.
Method 1: Check Your Motherboard Details Using A Command Prompt
If you can comfortably run a command prompt, you can easily check your motherboard model number and serial number using a Windows Command Prompt. A few things that you need to note:
- You will also need to type exactly what is displayed carefully
- This applies if your PC runs on Windows 10 OS
- Don't include spaces between modifiers such as product and manufacturer. You can only separate them using a comma
Step 1: Go to the search icon on your taskbar, then type "cmd" and click "Enter"
Step2: On the Command line that pops up, type " wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer " Immediately, the motherboard manufacturer and model number of the motherboard will appear
An alternative method to open the Command Prompt is to use a Run shortcut.
Step 1: Type "Windows + R" and then type "cmd" onto the window that pops up. You don't need to run the Command line as administrator
Step 2: Once the command window is open, prompt the Windows Management Interface Command (WMIC) by typing "wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber" directly on the prompt. Information on the manufacturer, name, model, and other features of your motherboard will appear
Method 2: Check Your Motherboard Details Using CPU-Z
If you cannot run a successful Command Prompt to retrieve the motherboard information or you'd like a thorough overview of the motherboard specifications, you can use a software known as CPU-Z. This is a free software that will give you an extensive breakdown of the PC's hardware information.
Download the program on your computer from the CPU-Z website. Once installed, start the program, it will analyse and identify your computer's hardware components.
For more information on your motherboard, select the "Mainboard" tab. Once open, you'll see information on the motherboard manufacturer, the model, chipset, and much more.
Method 3: Find Out What Motherboard You Have Using Windows System Information
The Windows System Information can provide you with the information on your motherboard. However, the system information method doesn't work for all computers. It only seems compatible with MSI and Gigabyte motherboards but doesn't identify motherboard details from Dell, Asus, and Razer.
If you have a compatible motherboard, this is the easiest way to check for the motherboard model name and brand on your Windows computer. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Start-up the Windows "Run" function by typing "Windows Key + R"
- Step 2: After the "Run" window comes up, type "msinfo32" then press "Enter". This will then open the Windows System Information overview
The motherboard information such as motherboard model name, the serial number should specifically appear next to the "Baseboard Manufacturer", "BaseBoard Product", and "BaseBoard Version". If the system summary shows that the information is not available, you should use one of the other methods.
Method 4: Check Motherboard Information Using Belarc Advisor
Belarc Advisor is also a free program that will give you a system summary of your computer's hardware. You can download the software for free on the Belarc Advisor website.
The best thing about Belarc is that it doesn't send this data to any web server. Once it completes the analysis, you can view the information on a local file through your browser. To check motherboard information, you have to start up the program.
Once you give the system permission to run, the PC will then run a series of scans. You can choose to skip some steps, such as the network scan.
When the scan is complete, the software will show the results on a browser tab. These include information on your computer operating system, the PC's hardware components, the connected devices, and previous login sessions. To specifically view the motherboard summary, on the right, search for the title "Main Circuit Board"
Once the tab is open, you'll see information, such as the motherboard model name, motherboard model number, system software, the bus clock speed, missing security updates, and Microsoft's hotfixes.
Method 4: Visually Checking
Another quick way of checking to see what motherboard you have is to open your PC. In this method, look for the manufacturer and motherboard model serial number on the motherboard itself. Every motherboard has its manufacturer name, model name, serial number silk-screened on it. Quickly check on it to see what motherboard you have. The exact location of the model number on the layout will differ from brand to brand.
Common motherboard manufacturers include:
- ASUS (or ASUSTeK)
If you can't locate the serial number of a motherboard, you can use the FCC identification number to perform the search.
Method 5: Check Using Third-party Software
Another option is to download third-party software. They will display the motherboard manufacturer and motherboard model number.
Frequently Asked Questions on Checking What Motherboard I Have
1. What mainboard has the Bios flashback?
The majority of the motherboards come with a version of Bios flashback. Different mainboard brands use different names. MSI refers to it as Flashback+, Gigabyte uses Q-Flash+, ASRock uses BIOS Flashback, and ASUS uses USB BIOS Flashback.
2. What makes motherboards so different?
Motherboards come with different components such as the form-factor, the chipset, the number of RAM slots, how much I/O, whether they support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, the number and speed of PCIe slots. These differences make the price differences.