Every PC user should know which motherboard is installed within the guts of PC. From the simple curiosity to reinstalling Windows, updating drivers, troubleshooting or getting rid of your PC by selling it. Finding a motherboard model is extremely important when reinstalling Windows because drivers from another board won’t work and cause you lots of headaches.
Now we will show you how you can find your motherboard model without booting a PC and inside the Windows itself with no need to install any third-party software.
How to Find Out What Motherboard I Have?
Here is the simplest way to find a motherboard model. Just get the box it was shipped in. There is nothing else you need to find which motherboard model is installed on your PC. All you need to know will be printed on the top of the box. Usually, motherboard vendors print a huge name on the box, so very few people will find it difficult to find a motherboard model on the box itself. Look at the picture below. You can clearly tell this is Gigabyte B450M DS3H – quite decent AM4 board with B450 chipset for AMD processors.
Suppose, you do not have a motherboard box. This may happen if you bought a second-hand PC or prebuilt system. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to find out what motherboard you have. All you need to do is simply open the side panel of your tower and peek inside. Again, don’t worry, this won’t void your warranty unless you disassemble any parts of it. Usually, the motherboard model is located on the PCB below the PCIe slots, next to the RAM slots, on the I/O shield or near the chipset radiator. The only thing which may make it harder to find a motherboard model may be a big cooling system or huge GPU. Again, here is the example. Look below the first PCIe slot on the picture. In this example, it is MSI Z390-A Pro for 8th and 9th Gen Intel processors.
How to Check What Motherboard I Have in Windows 10?
Let’s move to the scenario where you don’t have a box and can’t locate the motherboard model on the PCB. It is time to turn on your PC and ask Windows nicely to find the motherboard model. Luckily for everyone, Windows is capable of scanning the firmware of a board to locate the needed information. What is even better is that all you need is one simple built-in app called Command Prompt.
- Fire up the Command prompt. Use Win + R – cmd to launch it quickly and from any part of Windows OS. Also, you can use Windows Terminal or PowerShell. They all will do the job.
- Enter the following command: wmic baseboard get product. After you hit the Enter button Command prompt will return you the motherboard model you have. In our case, it is MSI B450 TOMAHAWK. Do note that this command does not show OEM or vendor of your board.
- There is another command for those wanting to get a bit more info, like vendor name or serial number. Enter the following: wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber. Do not use spaces between the last four words.
- In the result, you will receive your motherboard’s manufacturer name, model number, serial number (if available) and revision (again, if available).
That’s it. Now you know how to find motherboard model that is installed on your PC.