What Motherboard Do I Have? Different Ways to Check your Motherboard.
What Motherboard Do I Have?: Checking most of your computer’s specs, like, processor, graphics card or system memory is simple. However, figuring out what motherboard you have is a bit more difficult.
Fortunately, it is still fairly easy to figure out what kind of motherboard is in your computer and, in this post, we’ve provided multiple ways you can do so—each with step-by-step directions.
Types of Motherboards
Types of motherboards are usually defined in terms of their form factor (shape and size), and the technology that’s included on the board.
AT: The original motherboard, used in nearly all computers up until the Pentium 2. These measured 13.8 x 12 inches with 6-pin plugs and sockets for power. A smaller form factor of this motherboard, called “Baby AT” was introduced in 1985. The AT motherboard is considered obsolete today.
ATX: Intel introduced the ATX (Advanced Technology Extended) motherboard in 1995. Full-sized ATX boards are 12 x 9.6 inches with 4-pin plugs and sockets for peripheral power. There are many form factor variations of the ATX, including Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX, and the Pico-ITX.
LPX: The LPX (Low-Profile extended) was introduced in 1997 by Western Digital. The LPX motherboard measured 13 x 9″, but positioned the expansion slots perpendicular to the mainboard. This allowed expansion boards to rest parallel to the motherboard, allowing for a very low-profile computer case.
Information You Can Find About Your Motherboard
You should be able to gather the information you need to order expansion cards, additional memory, and more by using any of the steps below.
This information includes:
Common Motherboard Manufacturers
How to Check What Motherboard You Have
1: Use a Command Prompt
If you’re comfortable running command prompts, this method is probably going to be your best bet.
To find out what motherboard you have, follow these steps:
In the Windows search bar, type in ‘cmd’ and hit enter.
In Command Prompt, type in wmic baseboard get the product, Manufacturer
Your motherboard manufacturer and the name/model of the motherboard will be displayed
For this method to work correctly, you’ll need to type in the provided prompt exactly as shown.
2: Open Your Computer and Check Your Motherboard
Another method you can use to quickly check and see what motherboard you have is to open up your computer and look for the manufacturer and model number on the motherboard itself.
How to Find it
Open up the computer itself and have a look. The motherboard manufacturer and model number will be on the physical component. Make sure that the power on your computer is off and everything is unplugged from the CPU. Ground yourself to prevent static discharge when touching PC components.
Lay the computer on its side, preferably on a smooth working surface.
Open the case either by twisting the thumbscrews that secure the panel or the use of an appropriate screwdriver (typically a Phillips-head).
Locate the motherboard model number which is usually printed on the motherboard itself.
The location on the motherboard can vary, so be sure to check near the RAM slots, CPU socket, or between the PCI slots. It’s possible to locate a model number without a manufacturer’s logo and vice-versa. More modern motherboards will typically have both.
The model number is usually the information written in the largest text and will contain both numbers and letters. If you are unable to locate the model name, you can look for the motherboard’s chipset, which is a 4-digit code that starts with a letter followed by three numbers.
3: Check ‘System Information’
You can also check the System Information menu on your computer to see what motherboard you have. Here’s how to do so:
In the Windows search bar, type in ‘System Information’ 2. Scroll down on the System Summary tab (opens on the left side of the window) until you find ‘Motherboard Manufacturer’, or ‘BaseBoard Manufacturer’. 3. The information next to ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Manufacturer’, ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Model’, and ‘Motherboard/BaseBoard Name’, should give you the information you are looking for.
While this method might seem like the easiest way to use to check what motherboard you have, it can be a bit hit or miss. At the very least, you’ll at least be able to find out the manufacturer of your motherboard. But, you may not be able to find the exact model number of your motherboard using this method.
4: Use Third-Party Software
Another option is to download third-party software that will display your motherboard manufacturer and model number. Both CPU-Z and Speccy will show you what motherboard you have in your computer. You will need Speccy’s premium version, though, in order for it to show you what motherboard you have (it costs $19.95). CPU-Z shows you what motherboard you have for free.
Apple can be quite secretive when it comes to doling out hardware specification information. In order to determine your motherboard’s model or serial number, you’ll need to use the Mac logic boards. But to do this will require an iMac serial number.
You can find the iMac serial number through the About This Mac option which is located in the Apple icon menu once clicked. The Apple icon can be found in the top-right corner of your screen.
Double-click the version to obtain the serial number.
With the serial number acquired, navigate to this website and enter it in. You’ll be able to preview your Mac’s information including the motherboard.
Identifying Your Motherboard On Ubuntu Linux
You can easily preview all the specifications related to your system in Ubuntu Linux using HardInfo.
You can access it one of two ways: performing a search for the HardInfo package in the Software Center, or opening via the Command-Line.
For the Command-Line approach, click the Ubuntu icon in the upper-left corner of the screen and type in Terminal, then press Enter. You could also opt to simultaneously press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the Command-Line.
Enter the command Sudo apt-get install hard info into the terminal and press Enter to open the tool.
Once HardInfo has been opened, navigate to the Device > DMI page inside the tool to preview the motherboard manufacturer and model.