The motherboard is an indispensable part of any computer, be it a laptop, desktop, or an All-in-One PC.
As you probably know, almost every crucial component of a PC is connected to the motherboard. The list will include the CPU, GPU, storage, memory, etc. Therefore, you have to consider the motherboard in use when you think about the overall compatibility of your PC.
For example, you have to get a CPU-GPU combination that is 100% compatible with the motherboard.
Of course, if you have bought a branded PC, pre-assembled PC, or laptop, you do not have to worry about this. Manufacturers and PC builders make sure of complete compatibility in this respect. So, you can live without even knowing which motherboard your PC is packing.
However, it is a different story when you want to upgrade an aspect of your computer. For example, suppose you want to upgrade the GPU or add more RAM. In this case, you have to understand which motherboard you have in the first place.
But how do you understand which motherboard your PC has? You do not always have to open the PC case, although that is an option. In this article, we have listed the four best ways to identify the motherboard on your computer.
#1 Use Command Prompt
Using Command Prompt on a Windows PC is the best way to know what motherboard you have.
Most people think that Command Prompt is complex, but that is not true. In fact, once you get the hang of it, CMD is the best way to find information about your PC. It is way better than navigating through multiple windows and subsections.
In this particular case, you can get to know the model number and other details about your PC motherboard through a single command. The steps you have to follow are:
You have to open Command Prompt on your Windows PC
You can either search for Command Prompt via Search or use the CMD command on the Run window
When the Command Prompt comes up, you have to enter the following command: wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer
Now, you can press Enter and wait for a second
Command Prompt will soon list the Manufacturer and product details of the motherboard
You can copy this information from the Command Prompt interface for later use. The best part here is that Command Prompt will show you the specific model number. So, if you want to ensure 100% compatibility for a product, this information will be enough.
#2 Open Up Your Computer
Opening up your computer is the next best way to identify the motherboard you are using. Of course, it does work better when you do not want to rely on digital information.
However, following this method means that you will have to open the PC case and even uninstall some components. More importantly, there is no single method we can recommend here.
The steps to find out the model number would vary based on the maker of the motherboard. For instance, you cannot use the same method to find the information from an ASUS and MSI motherboard.
To find out which motherboard you are using, you have to check different sides of the motherboard. On one of these sides, you can find the name of the manufacturer. In case you did not know, MSI, ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, EVGA, and Gigabyte are some of the most popular motherboard manufacturers in the industry.
So, you should look for any of these names on the board. Once you find one of these names, you can look around to find the model number. The manufacturer may also have mentioned a few details of the motherboard. It may, for instance, say that the board is made for gaming needs.
We recommend taking a photograph of the motherboard before you reinstall everything.
Then, you can use the specific information to find the right accessories or compatible modules. It is necessary to look at the model number of the motherboard when upgrading the CPU. In this case, the chipset information of the board will determine whether you can use one of the new CPUs or not.
As you can guess, this step works the best if you already know the basic things about the motherboard. If that is so, you have to search for only the serial number.
Again, we recommend this method if you are confident to remove specific components and reinstall them properly. Otherwise, you should stick to one of the digital methods we have listed here.
On the bright side, you can use this single method to know every bit of information about your PC components. For instance, it will help you understand the model number of other parts like the SSD, memory, or GPU.
#3 Use System Information on Windows
Did you know that Windows has a module named System Information? This section provides ample info on your entire PC, including but not limited to the serial number of the motherboard.
However, this method is not foolproof. There is no certainty that the steps would show you the exact serial number of the board. Yet, you can try this method before opening up your computer or trying third-party tools.
The steps you have to follow are:
Open the Search Bar and enter the term ‘System Information.’
Once you open the System Information window, you can scroll down
There will be a section called BaseBoard Manufacturer
In the following entries, you can find the BaseBoard Model and the BaseBoard Name
Keep in mind that you can find information about the Processor, BIOS, EC version, BIOS mode, etc.
In short, even though you cannot assure accuracy, it is an effective way to find comprehensive info about the computer. The best part?
It would work on all types of computers, even if you have a premium branded laptop. You can also use the System Information module to learn more about the processor and its speed. It also means you can find information that the manufacturer does not usually disclose.
By the way, if you are using a Linux distribution on your PC, you may have to look for other tools. In the end, Linux distros are more cooperative when it comes to sharing system-based information.
So, you can find the motherboard you are using without installing any third-party tools. Based on the distro, you can find some commands as well.
#4 Third-Party Software
You can use third-party software to find out what motherboard you have. These tools are known as System Information tools and come with a better directory of data than the System Information module of Windows.
Therefore, even if Windows cannot specify the model number of your computer, one of these third-party tools will be able to do that.
We can recommend a few tools that you can use without security/privacy concerns.
The first choice would be the CPU-Z Utility. It is usually used to find information about the CPU and RAM of the computer, but the freeware has a specific tab for Mainboard.
You can open this tab to find the necessary details on the board. You will get to know the manufacturer, model, chipset, and BIOS info of the board. Of course, because it is a CPU info utility, you can find more data, such as the Graphics Interface.
Probably the best part about CPU-Z is that it is portable software. It means you do not have to install it on your computer. Simply opening the tool on your Windows PC will provide you enough information.
However, we must add that CPU-Z Utility is one of the older third-party tools to find the motherboard information. It may not have the most modern User Interface designs, among other things.
Belarc Advisor is another information suite that will provide you the motherboard information. It has been designed for an impressive variety of Operating Systems, including the older versions like Windows 2000.
On the bright side, you can use it on Windows 10 and Windows 11. Compared to the other tools, Belarc Advisor provides a comprehensive report of the system.
Once again, it does not weigh a lot. You can download and check the information about the motherboard with a few clicks. As long as you use the program for personal use, you do not have to pay anything, either.
But, you should keep in mind that the regularly updated System Information suite will show the information on a web browser. By the way, you can find dedicated versions for Linux distros and macOS.
As we said, you will have better luck finding the motherboard model and serial number with one of the third-party tools. Depending on how you would like to access the information, you can pick one of these two solutions.
You can choose between these four ways to find out what motherboard you have based on your PC and the amount of expertise you have. We recommend using the command prompt, System Information, and one of the third-party solutions before you open the PC case.
But, if you have already bought the upgraded part and want to double-check the serial number before installing, you can go ahead and open up the computer.
Martha Davis is a computer hardware specialist who works extensively in designing and manufacturing hardware devices, researching advanced computer technology. She built GadgetGangster.com as a platform to share her insight on computers and PC assembly with the web. Currently, she is carrying out her research on Robotics and Computer Vision and working privately to deliver services. Martha makes sure that readers of GadgetGangster.com master the basics of setting up computer components like motherboard, CPUs, and GPUs through the informative articles that she writes.