Checking the system characteristics of your computer is a fairly simple task. It doesn’t take more than a few clicks to find most of the information you are looking for. Unfortunately, the motherboard can be a little more complicated.
If you have ever asked the question “What motherboard do I have?” be sure you are not the only one. Many people cannot find information on their computer’s motherboard for various reasons.
- In the taskbar search bar, type cmd. Select the command line result.
Find your motherboard with Windows 10
- In the taskbar search bar, type cmd Strong>. Select Command Prompt Result.
You can also run Win + R command.
- Enter wmic baseboard, get product, manufacturer, version, serial number.
Make sure you enter the command as shown. All the necessary information about your motherboard will be displayed.
- Open the computer itself and take a look. The motherboard manufacturer and model number will be listed on the physical component. Make sure your computer is powered off and everything is disconnected from the processor. Ground yourself to prevent static discharge when touching PC components.
- Lay the computer on its side, preferably on a smooth work surface.
- Open the enclosure by turning the thumb screws that secure the panel or use a suitable screwdriver (usually a Phillips head).
- Find your motherboard model number, which is usually printed on the motherboard itself.
The location on the motherboard may vary, so be sure to check near the RAM slots, CPU socket, or between PCI slots. You can find the model number without the manufacturer’s logo and vice versa. More modern motherboards usually have both.
The model number is usually large print information containing both numbers and letters. If you cannot find the model name, you can find the motherboard chipset, which is a 4-digit code that starts with a letter followed by three numbers.
5. Use the model number to find the manufacturer if you cannot find it on your motherboard. Typically, it is enough to enter the model number and the word “motherboard” in a search engine.
- In the search bar on the taskbar, enter system information and select it from the results.
You can also run (Win + R) msinfo32.
- Find your motherboard manufacturer or BaseBoard manufacturer from the list in the main window.
This should give you most or all of the information you need about your motherboard. The System Info also provides you with detailed BIOS information in case the only purpose of figuring out which motherboard you have is to check the chipset to update your drivers.
Understanding the Mac Motherboard
Apple can be quite secretive when it comes to disclosing hardware specs. To determine the model or serial number of your motherboard, you need a Mac motherboard. But this will require the serial number of the iMac.
- You can find your iMac serial number using the About This Mac option found on the Apple icon menu after clicking. The Apple icon is in the upper right corner of the screen
- Double click the version to get the serial number.
- Once you receive your serial number, go to this website and enter it. You will be able to preview your Mac’s information, including the motherboard.
Learn about your Ubuntu Linux motherboard
You can easily view all specifications specific to your system in Ubuntu Linux using HardInfo.
You can access it in one of two ways: search for the HardInfo package in the Software Center, or open it from the command line.
- For a command line approach, click the Ubuntu icon in the upper left corner of the screen and type Terminal, then press Enter. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + T at the same time to open Command Prompt.
- Type sudo apt-get install hardinfo into a terminal and press Enter to open the tool.
- After opening HardInfo, go to the Device> DMI page inside the tool to view the motherboard manufacturer and model.
Using Third-Party Software
There are many third-party software alternatives that you can use to find out which motherboard you have. CPU-Z and Speccy are great for Windows computers to identify motherboard information. Whereas Unix based systems like macOS and Linux have CPU-G and Neofetch to solve this puzzle.
CPU-Z is going to be the best software you can use for your Windows PC, and it’s also free, unlike Speccy It is also very likely that you will find more information about your hardware with CPU-Z than with any native Windows utility.
Belarc Advisor is another Windows-friendly program similar to CPU-Z It will analyze your system and build a complete profile of all installed equipment. Things like this can keep you updated not only about the current specs of your system, but any security updates that may be missing.
On the macOS and Linux front, CPU-G should be your system information preview software.
For each of these third-party tools to be effective, they must be fully downloaded and installed on your computer. This is to ensure that the information pertaining to your system remains accurate and accessible.