Whether you want to upgrade your RAM, want to learn what CPU socket your motherboard has, want to understand the overall expansion capability of your motherboard, or simply want to troubleshoot an issue, you would want to know its make and model. Fortunately, there are several methods on how to check what motherboard you have.
Basically, you can tell what motherboard you have through several ways including physically inspecting the labels, using services and utilities WITHIN the operating system or by using trusted and free third-party software.
In the following text I will talk in detail about the different methods you can use to check the make and model of your motherboard.
How to Check What Motherboard You Have?
There are four easy methods to figure out the make and model of your motherboard:
- Checking Motherboard Make and Model Through Physical Inspection
- Checking Using System Information
- Checking Using Command Prompt
- Checking Using CPU-Z Third Party Software
1. Checking Motherboard Make and Model Through Physical Inspection
If you have a desktop, then one of the easiest ways to check what motherboard you have is through physical inspection.
Desktop motherboards have very clear labels for its various parts and they also have the make and model clearly inscribed on them.
The only small frustration here would be actually opening up the PC case.
Of course, this method is only reasonable and can work for a desktop. For laptops this method may not work.
Not only are laptops difficult to open up for a physical inspection, they are also not as clearly labelled as desktop motherboards.
2. Checking Using System Information
One of the easiest ways to check what motherboard you have within the operating system is using the System Information utility.
In Windows 10, type “System Information” in the “Search Bar” and click on the application.
This should open up the System Information window as shown below:
In the “System Information” window, the following are the important fields to take note off:
- Baseboard Manufacturer: This shows the manufacturer or the make of the board. In this case, it is HP.
- Baseboard Product: This shows the model name/number of the motherboard. If you have a Desktop, then this field should tell you the exact model you have i.e Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3. If you have a laptop, then this field would be vague and often display a number such as shown above i.e 8259.
- Baseboard Version: This isn’t a very important field but should help in further filtering out the exact motherboard you have. This is particularly important if you want to replace your motherboard.
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3. Checking Using Command Prompt
Using command prompt to figure out what motherboard you have is also a very simple method.
On Windows 10, open “Command Prompt“ by typing it in the “Search Bar”.
Once the “Command Prompt” window opens, type in the following command.
wmic baseboard get manufacturer, product, version
The resulting message you get would give all the information you need regarding what motherboard you have.
Essentially, it would show you the same information as we extracted earlier from “System Information” utility.
4. Checking Using CPU-Z Third Party Software
And finally, if you want to figure out not just what motherboard you have, but also get a comprehensive and detailed look at the insides of each and every components of your PC, I recommend using CPU-Z.
CPU-Z is a free and a very popular software, almost an industry standard, for checking out the details of your system and its configuration.
Simply download and run the utility. Once it opens, head over to the “Mainboard” tab and under the “Motherboard” section, look for the fields labelled as Manufacturer and Model.
While you are in there, you can also check out the rest of the tabs to learn more about CPU, RAM and Graphics Card you have.
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Motherboard Manufacturers and Chipsets
Knowing the names of the popular manufacturers and the chipsets should give you an idea about what kind of motherboard make and models to expect.
The popular desktop motherboard manufacturers are as follows:
The popular laptop motherboard manufacturer are as follows:
As far as the chipsets go, it is easier to figure out the chipsets for the desktop motherboards as compared to laptop motherboards.
Both Intel and AMD based desktop motherboards have three popular chipsets for their consumer grade motherboards.
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AMD has the A, B and X series chipsets
- A series chipsets, such as the A320 and A520, are for budget PCs.
- B series chipsets, such as the B450 and B550, are intended for mid range builds.
- X series chipsets, such as the X470 and X570, are for enthusiasts and professional builds.
Intel also has three chipsets series for different purposes and budget ranges i.e H, B and Z.
- H/B series chipsets: With Intel the line between H and B series chipsets is a bit thin as they can both be found in budget and mid range PCs.
- Z series chipsets are the only chipsets that distinguish themselves from the rest with them being the premium chipsets. Z series chipsets such as Z590 and Z690 are coveted by enthusiasts, gamers and professionals.
Again, it is important to note that ALL desktop motherboard models have the chipset mentioned in their name. For instance, in the motherboard model “ASUS ROG Maximum Z690 Formula”, the Z690 identifies the chipset from the motherboard’s model name itself.
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Figuring Out What Motherboard Chipset You Have on Laptop
Laptop motherboards, unlike desktop motherboards, do not have the chipset mentioned in there name.
For instance, the model name HP 8259 tells you nothing about what chipset it features.
To figure out the chipset of your laptop’s motherboard, I recommend using CPU-Z.
In the Mainboard tab of the CPU-Z utility, check for the fields labelled as “Chipset” and “Southbridge”. Point to be noted here is that the Southbridge for modern systems is the same as the actual chipset.
Hence, Intel HM175 is the chipset used in the laptop above.
I can now use this information to look up its details online.
There are plenty of simple ways on how to check what motherboard you have. You can use physical inspection as well as utilities and services built within operating system to check out the make and model of your motherboard.
You can also drop me a message below in case if you are confused or need help.
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