When it comes to PCs, it is essential to know what components you have, this includes their size, make and model. It is important because the type of components you have will affect what other components are compatible.
One of the most important specifications to know is the type of motherboard your PC uses. Given that the motherboard is essentially the brain of the laptop, you need to know its specifications.
After all, every component runs through the motherboard in some shape or form.
If you are new to the gaming world, or if you have to purchase a prebuilt PC, rather than creating your own, you may be unsure of the motherboard you own.
In this article, we chat you through a few simple ways in which you can find out which motherboard you own.
The easiest way to find out which motherboard you own is by using the command prompt on your PC. This prevents you from having to take your PC case apart to check the motherboard itself.
To access the motherboard specs, you will need to type “cmd” into your Windows search bar. This will then allow you access to the Command Prompt. From here, you will want to input “wmic baseboard get product, Manufacturer”. You will need to type this in correctly.
One you have done this, the motherboard specification, including the make and model can be accessed. This is by far the easiest way to find out the motherboard. It only takes a few seconds to access, and is very useful.
If you are having issues with the motherboard specifications not being displayed, we would recommend retrying the process and ensuring that you have spelled everything correctly, and then it should work for you.
Opening The PC Case
Given that the first method we have explained is so easy to do, there is not a real need to use other types of methods if your PC is up and running. However, it is useful to know other methods of checking the motherboard too.
The second-easiest method is to open up your PC case, and physically check the motherboard. When you are in the PC building process, or you do not have access to a monitor, this is when this method is most convenient. While it is slightly more fiddly in comparison to the first method, it is still easy to do.
Before you check the motherboard, always remember to ensure that your PC is not connected to the electricity mains, and we would also recommend allowing it time to cool before checking it too if you have been using it.
When looking for the motherboard within the PC build, it is really easy to spot. It is the board that everything connects to. It will have many ports and connections, and it is usually black.
Once you have located the motherboard, next you will want to keep a close eye out for the manufacturer name and the model. This is typically placed in a place that is easy to spot and is unlikely going to be covered with wires. It is often placed on the top of the bottom of the motherboard.
It is important to note that every make and model of motherboard will be different. As a result of this, you will want to take some time out to study where everything is featured on the one you own, especially where its specifications are stated.
Some of the more popular motherboard manufacturers include:
These are only a handful of the manufacturers available, but you will want to look for one of these names, or a name similar. This will let you know what manufacturer created the motherboard.
To find out the model, you will need to look around the chipset of the motherboard. This will display a letter that is followed by three numbers. This is better known as a 4-digit code, and it is used to differentiate between model types.
The third way in which you can check which motherboard you have is by using system information.
To do this you will need to type “system Information” into your Windows search bar. This will then allow you to choose “motherboard manufacturer”. Sometimes this is also called the “Baseboard Manufacturer”.
Once this screen has opened, you will then see all the motherboard information you need. It will display specifications such as the manufacturer, the model and the name.
This method is fantastic as it will show all the information clearly. However, it is known to experience issues, which can make it more difficult to check the specifications. It often does not display the model number, which is something you will want to know.
The final way in which you can check which motherboard you have is through using third party software. While this is not always necessary given that you can use the methods stated above, it is useful in some instances.
There are two types of software that are particularly great to use, these are Speccy and CPU-Z. They will both display the make, model, and number of your motherboard.
While these are useful programs, the majority of third party software requires a payment which is off-putting for some people, especially when you take into consideration that it is possible to check out these specifications without them.
However, if you already have this software, it is useful to know what you can check while using it.
We hope you have found this article useful. It is fairly easy to find out which type of motherboard you own. If you are having trouble with one of these methods, it is useful to know that there are three other ways you can check.
The compatibility of the components within a PC is vital and knowing the type of motherboard you have will help you to know which components are best for your build.