When you need to buy a component for your PC, and you need to check if it’s compatible. The only way to be sure is to check your Motherboard model. So, for example, if you are planning to buy a PCIe card but want to be sure the motherboard has it, you need the exact model and the manual.
How to find out what Motherboard you have?
Find out which Motherboard you have on your PC. You can check your Motherboard details or model number using any one of these methods:
- Command Prompt
- System Information
- CPU-Z or HWiNFO
- Physically Check or Find the Manual
The last method involves opening the cabinet, make sure it is possible, else you will be forcing it, which may not be a good idea.
1] Command Prompt
Type CMD in the Run prompt (Win +R) and press the Enter key
Type and execute the following command
wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber
The result will display only the required information, i.e., Product, Manufacturer, Serial Number, and Version.
2] System Information
- Open Run Prompt, and type msinfo32 and press the Enter key
- It will open the System Information, which will detail every hardware detail of the computer
- Check for information such as Baseboard Product, Baseboard Version, Manufacturer, and so on.
3] CPU-Z or HWiNFO
These are some of the popular software that delivers a more readable way to find the motherboard information. Each of these applications has some extra features that can be useful.
For example, HWINFO can keep track of temperature, while CPU-Z offers a cataloged way of the hardware.
4] Physically Check or Find the Manual
Another way to check which motherboard you have is to open the Cabinet. If you have a Desktop PC, you should be able to open one side of the cabinet. Most modern desktops offer a glass side which makes it easy to look through and see the motherboard.
OEMs print the model number somewhere on the motherboard; you will have to look closely and search for the same on the internet.
What Are the Different Sizes of a Motherboard?
There are three different sizes of Motherboard— ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX. While small sizes save a lot of space, they also cut down on features. So make sure to always check on that. The motherboard is selected based on the cabinet or vice-versa.
What is a BTX Motherboard?
Balanced Technology Extended is an old standard format that Intel introduced. Compared to ATX, it differed when it comes to the placement of chip sockets to maximize airflow over the processor and GPU.
How Do I Find Out What Motherboard I Have without Opening the Case?
You can use software such as CPU-Z or HWiNFO to find out the exact motherboard model. You can also use the Command Prompt method.
How Do I Check My Motherboard Specs?
The best way to check is to read the manual or once you have found the exact model number, locate the details online. Most of the OEMs have their motherboard details available online and can give you a clear idea of the motherboard specs.
How to know if Motherboard supports the ATX cabinet?
You mustn’t pick up a small cabinet for our Motherboard. OEMs offer details of this in their product listing. You can check on that, and also make sure to confirm with the support when you are buying it. They are usually marked on the product name.
How to find the Motherboard model when using Linux?
Open Terminal on Linux, Type and execute the following command— sudo dmidecode -t 2 or sudo apt-get install hardinfo. It will display the summary of the motherboard, including the brand, model, and serial number.
Related: How to find out Computer RAM, Graphics Card/Video memory of your Windows PC?
How to find the Motherboard of Macbook?
Click on the Apple icon on the top-left of the screen, and then click on the About This Mac option. From the displayed information, copy the serial number. You can then go to chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel, paste the model number, and it will reveal the detail.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to find the Mothermoad model of your computer.