You ask yourself, “What motherboard do I have along with the other question, “Does this CPU fit my current motherboard?” These are two million-dollar questions you have when building a new PC or upgrading your existing one. The advantage of building a new PC is that you can check online whether the selected motherboard supports the CPU you have in mind and get all the information about that particular motherboard. But when you want to upgrade your existing PC, that is a different scenario, but don’t worry. You are in the right place to know the easiest ways to find your motherboard type along with important information such as model number, type of chipset (CPU) it supports, etc.
Feel free to jump to any method!
How to Find What Motherboard Do I Have Information With The Help of Windows Tool?
With the help of built-in tools in your operating system, you can easily find all the necessary information about your motherboard. The following two steps will help you to do that.
Requirement: Windows 10 or 11 Operating system
Step 1(i): With the Help of Command Prompt:
The command prompt is already a part of your system, and you can launch it with the help of the run bar. Press “Windows key+R” and press Enter to bring up the run bar. In the run bar, type “cmd” to bring up the command prompt window.
The command prompt window will look something like this:
The next thing you have to do is simply call the Windows Management Interface Command (WMIC) by entering the following command.
“wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber”
NOTE: Do not give whitespace between the product, manufacturer, and other modifiers. It will result in an error. The result will look like the following image.
Cool, right? This method lets you feel like you are a hacker and coding something important. I definitely felt it when I learned this method. Now, on to the next step!
Step 1(ii): Using Windows Information:
Now, if you want to access your motherboard information quickly and don’t have time on your hands, then this is the hands-down best step in the list….when it works. Yes, this method seems to work for some motherboards, not others. But anyway, let’s give it a chance, ok?
So, the same steps, bring up the run bar by pressing “Windows key+R” type the command “msinfo32” and press Enter as shown below:
This will bring you to the system information window. From here, you can find your motherboard information. It will be under baseboard manufacturer, product, and version. You can find an example below to get to know what the interface looks like.
What is cool about this method is that, along with the motherboard information, you can get various other information such as RAM information, kernel information, username, directory information, and much more. But one thing to note is that it does not show the product serial number.
Remember that this method may not work in some cases. If that occurred to you, then go ahead with the other steps in this article.
How to Find What Motherboard Do I Have Information with A Third-Party Software?
Now, if these methods do not work for you for some reason, then you can always go for a third-party software. Let’s see which can be used reliably without any difficulties.
Requirements: Windows 10 or 11 and an Internet connection
Step 2(i): Finding Motherboard Information using CPU-Z:
This is slightly different from Window’s in-house tool. First, you have to download the CPU-Z from the website. You can visit here to download the setup.
- Once you download the software, install it in your desired location.
- Next, open the application from the start menu by typing “CPU-Z.”
- The software interface consists of various tabs such as CPU, cache, mainboard, memory, SPD, graphics, benchmark, and about.
- Click on the “mainboard” tab.
- From there, you can get various information about your motherboards, such as manufacturer, model number, chipset information (whether AMD or Intel), and even graphics interface (PCIe generation).
What is so cool about this application is that it is completely free! But if you want to know the serial number of your motherboard, then CPU-Z may not cut it. It shows a plethora of information, leaving the serial number out of that cluster.
Don’t worry. The next application will solve this problem.
Step 2(ii): Finding Motherboard Information using HWinFO
Now, if you are a PC geek and want as much information as possible at your fingertips, then HWinFO is best in its class; moreover, it is being used by NASA to monitor computer system failure in high radiation areas. With that sentence itself, we can be so sure that you will get all the information for your motherboard. You can get the software here.
- Once you download the software, install it in your desired location.
- Next, open the application from the start menu by typing “HWinFO.”
- You will be presented with an overwhelming number of options and device information. Don’t worry about anything once you open the application, select motherboard from the tree.
- From there, you can find the information about your motherboard that you need to know, including the serial numbers.
If you want to try other options, you can select from these:
NOTE: All these software are completely free!
Now, you might be wondering what would be the final method, as we have already covered all the software that helps you to find the necessary information. Let’s just say that if any of those methods do not work and you need a way to simply get that one piece of information about your motherboard, which is the product detail/model.
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!
How to Find What Motherboard Do I Have Information Physically?
This method is not recommended if you don’t have any PC building experience since you may unknowingly damage it. Precaution is necessary.
- Completely switch off your PC and unplug the power cable.
- Press the power button three-five times; this helps to discharge any power left in the capacitors.
- If there is any power left, it can internally damage your system.
- Remove your side panel and look for the motherboard.
- Even if the GPU and cooler are installed, you can easily find the product/model information. Note different motherboards have different layouts for the model information. But generally, you can find the information either placed on the left side of the CPU/cooler or under the GPU slot.
Now, if you are a laptop user, then tough luck; you have to go the software route.
How do I check what motherboard do I have?
Either you can use Windows in-house applications such as Windows information, or you can go for a third-party software route using CPU-Z or HWinFO for more detailed information on your motherboard.
Can I check what motherboard do I have in Windows 10?
Yes, by using the msinfo32 command, you can easily find out information about your motherboard. You can also use this method in Windows 11.
Which is the best alternative for CPU-Z?
The answer is HWinFO. It provides detailed information to check what motherboard you have, along with other device information, and it’s free of cost.
Checking what motherboard you have is a very simple process, and there are ways to find out the information. There is no best method to approach this situation. Each method has its own perk. Personally, I felt HWinFO is great for getting all the information, but simple Windows information can get the job done. Basically, which one suits you most comfortably is the best one. This article hopes to answer your question, “What motherboard do I have?”