If you decide to upgrade your computer or laptop, then the key question that you may hear will be: “What motherboard is installed?” In terms of cores, gigahertz and gigabytes, for some reason they forget about this characteristic. We’ll show you how to get valuable information.
Computer hardware such as RAM and graphics cards are easily identifiable from the system summary. But with the motherboard, not everything is so simple. Depending on its model and operating system, additional steps will be required to identify the model of this critical block. Fortunately, they are not difficult, and even beginners can use these methods. Here’s how to quickly and easily get the answer to the question: “What is the motherboard in my computer?”
How to find out the motherboard model using the command line?
It turns out that the model of the motherboard and its serial number can be found using the Windows command line. To run it in Windows 10, go to the search box on the taskbar, enter the command cmd and press Enter. Another way to open a command prompt is to use a window “Run”launched with the Win + R key combination and enter the command cmd.
It is worth noting that there is no need to run Command Prompt as administrator. As soon as the black window for entering commands appears, you will need to enter the Windows Management Interface Command, WMIC. With its help, it will be possible to obtain all the information we are interested in. Here’s what exactly you need to enter on the command line:
wmic baseboard get product,manufacturer,version,serialnumber
Please note that you do not need to put a space between the parameters, it is enough to separate them with commas. But even with a space between words, the command will be processed.
How to check the motherboard model using the Windows “System Information” window
application “System Information” Windows can also provide you with the motherboard information. However, this method does not always work. It seems to be applicable to Gigabyte and MSI motherboards, but a number of tests have failed to identify motherboard models from Asus, Dell and Razer.
But if you have a compatible motherboard, this is also a pretty easy way to check your motherboard model and brand in Windows.
To get started, open the Windows “Run” window using the key combination Win + R. In the field that appears, enter the command msinfo32 and press “Enter”. A pretty window will appear in front of you with quite detailed information about the Windows system.
Your motherboard information should be listed next to items Motherboard manufacturer, Main board model and Main board version… If the fields indicate that the information is not available, then you had better resort to other of the methods of checking the motherboard given by us in this article.
How to find out the motherboard model using the CPU-Z program?
If you cannot get information about your motherboard using the command line, or you want to get a more detailed overview of its characteristics, then you can resort to using CPU-Z. This free software will give you a detailed description of most of your PC’s hardware components.
You can Download program on the CPU-Z website. Once you install and run the application, it will immediately analyze your components to identify them.
And to find out more about your motherboard, just select the tab Mainboard.
Here you can find information about the manufacturer of your motherboard, its model, chipset, revisions, etc.
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How do I find my motherboard model using Belarc Advisor?
Belarc Advisor is another free program that provides data about your PC’s hardware. The software can be downloaded free of charge from of the Belarc Advisor website.
The advantage of Belarc is that your data is not sent to any web servers. And when the analysis is complete, you will see the summary in a browser-based locally located web page. To find out your motherboard model using Belarc Advisor, run the program.
Once you give it permission to launch, it will perform a series of scans. You can skip certain steps, such as scanning the network.
When the program has collected all the necessary information, it will be shown in a new browser tab. Results include a summary of the operating system, hardware components, connected devices, and logon sessions.
And to view the summary on the motherboard we need, find the heading on the right with the inscription Main Circuit Board.
This is where you will find information about your motherboard: model name, serial number, bus speed, and BIOS version.
How to physically find out the model of the motherboard?
If for some reason you cannot use the software to check the model of the motherboard, there is always the opportunity to check it physically. You should choose this option if your computer does not turn on or the motherboard is not currently installed at all. This is not the best method if you have a laptop, as the components are usually tightly attached to the motherboard itself.
The exact location of the model name on a motherboard depends on its layout and brand. Even a check on the two ASUS motherboards showed that the model number of each of them is in slightly different places.
Typically, the motherboard model is listed where there is enough room for large text to be printed. It can be under the RAM slots, between your processor and the graphics card slot (as in the case of the Asus Prime B350-Plus), or under this slot (as in the case of the Asus Prime B350M-A).
You can distinguish the model name from the rest of the labels placed because it is usually the largest text on your motherboard.
Another place where you can find information about your motherboard model is the packaging it came in. Of course, this method is relevant if the box is still preserved. A label on the outside of the box will show the model and serial number.
In addition, the serial number is often found on a sticker on the back of the motherboard. However, it will be very difficult to obtain this information if your motherboard is already installed in the computer.
How do I know which motherboard is installed on Linux?
If you don’t have Windows and are using Linux instead, then the process of determining your motherboard model is still simple.
First, open a terminal in Linux with the combination Ctrl + Alt + T. Then enter the following command there:
sudo dmidecode -t 2
A summary of your motherboard will appear, including the brand, model, and serial number. If you are using a virtual machine, this will be indicated in the product name. However, if you are using Ubuntu on your real computer, you will see the real information about the motherboard model and serial number.
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