Sometimes you may need to figure out exactly what kind of motherboard your PC is running on and ideally to do so without opening the computer case which is usually buried under your desk with tons wires around it. It’s actually surprising that it’s not that straightforward to get that info. Or, you wouldn’t be searching for it and eventually landed on this page. Hope we can help.
Native Method Find Out Which Motherboard Model (No 3rd Party tools required)
The first way to find out your computer’s motherboard natively is by going to System Information. You can either do a Start menu search for “System Information” or launch msinfo32.exe from the Run dialog box to open it.
Then go to the “System Summary” section and look for “System Model” on the main page. From there, you should be able to find out what kind of motherboard your PC is running on. You will also find out which manufacture your motherboard was built from.
CPU-Z Utility Mainboard Tab
Yes, this popular free portable utility that lets you see every little detail of your hardware configuration, including the motherboard (mainboard) model. You can download the CPU-Z utility here.
Identifying through Windows or another utility
You can view the manufacturer and model number in your Windows system using the System Information utility. To access this utility, follow the steps below.
Windows 10 & Windows 8
- On the Windows desktop screen, press Windows key + X to open the Power User Task Menu.
- Select the Run option in the menu.
- In the Run text field, type msinfo32 and press Enter.
Windows 7 and earlier versions
- Open the Start menu.
- Click on All Programs > Accessories > System Tools, then select the System Information utility.
This utility provides a good bit of information about your computer. On the System Summary screen, the manufacturer (System Manufacturer) and the model (System Model) are listed. For example, for a computer with an MSI motherboard, the manufacturer would be MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL and the System Model could be MS-7599, for example. The Model is the model number of the motherboard.
The documentation or technical notes for your computer or motherboard also include the CPU information. PDF versions of these documents can be downloaded from the computer manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer website.
Finally, every computer has a silkscreened name of the model and the manufacturer printed on the motherboard. For example, in the picture below, this motherboard has the model number (PSAD2-E) printed above the memory slots. Click the image below to get a larger view of this picture.
Motherboard form factor
If you are looking for additional information about the type or form factor of the motherboard, see the form factor definition. That page contains sections about each of the motherboard form factors and information on how to distinguish each of them.
Chipset or driver update
If you are trying to determine chipset or motherboard information to update the drivers or the BIOS, see the motherboard drivers section for further information.
Product listing or specifications
If you are trying to list all the specific information about your computer board, specifying the manufacturer, form factor, and specifications of the motherboard is sufficient. Below is an example of how a motherboard could be listed in your system specifications. If you’re listing this information to sell the computer, keep in mind that most people are not too concerned about the specific motherboard in the computer.
Replacement or repair
If you are trying to determine it because it needs to be repaired, we recommend the motherboard be replaced instead of repaired. Because today’s motherboards are very complex, it can be very difficult and costly to repair a motherboard. It’s usually easier and cheaper to replace the board instead of repairing it.
Why Do I Want To Do This?
Knowing your model number is important if you’re thinking of upgrading your drivers, buying new hardware (you’ll need the proper expansion or memory slots, for example), or just checking the capabilities of your board if you’re considering upgrading your whole rig.
If you kept the paperwork that came with your computer (or the individual components, if you built it yourself), you can oftentimes reference that. Even then, it’s best to check to make sure the documentation is correct. Rather than open the case and search for the model number on the board itself, use tools within Windows to check things out instead.
Check Your Model Number from the Command Prompt (or PowerShell)
If you’re comfortable using the Command Prompt (or PowerShell, where these commands also work), you can easily check a variety of Boards and hardware stats using the handy Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC)—a command-line interface for Microsoft’s powerful WMI tool.
With the WMIC, you can enter the query
baseboard to check stats, and then use additional modifiers like
get Manufacturer, Model, Name, PartNumber, slotlayout, serialnumber, or poweredon to get more detailed information about the motherboard.
As an example, let’s check a motherboard’s manufacturer, model number, and serial number using WMIC.
Hopefully, you were able to understand what motherboard specifications you have. Leave a comment in the comment section if you have any queries.