How to find my motherboard specs

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How to find my motherboard specs
A wide variety of computer motherboards are available. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Windows provides limited access to the specifications of your motherboard, and to uncover more information you'll need a third-party freeware tool. If you can open up your computer case, the make and model number should be printed on the motherboard itself, enabling you to look up the specifications online. The motherboard specifications may also be included in the documentation supplied with your computer. Knowing the motherboard your computer uses is useful for troubleshooting problems and upgrading internal components.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Finding your motherboard model in Windows

  1. 1

    Swipe in from the right of the Start screen or desktop (or move the mouse cursor to the top right corner) and choose "Search" from the charms that appear.

  2. 2

    Enter "Control Panel" in the search box and select the "Control Panel" option when it appears. Choose "Administrative Tools."

  3. 3

    Double-click (or double-tap) the "System Information" shortcut to see a detailed breakdown of the core components inside your computer. The Baseboard Manufacturer, Baseboard Model and Baseboard Name reveal the make and model of motherboard installed.

    Finding your motherboard model in Speccy

  1. 1

    Download and install the free version of the Speccy utility from the Piriform website, then launch the application from the Windows desktop.

  2. 2

    Check the Motherboard entry on the Summary screen, which lists the manufacturer and model name as well as the board's current temperature.

  3. 3

    Click or tap the "Motherboard" entry on the navigation bar on the left to see more details. These include the chipset model and revision, the southbridge model and revision, the board voltages and the BIOS version.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you've ascertained the make and model of your installed motherboard, an online search should reveal several spec sheets and press reviews. Include as much information about the board as you can in your search, as several different variations on the motherboard might be available. You can include a certain specification (e.g. "northbridge chipset") in your search terms if you wish. If you have difficulty finding a suitable specifications list, visit the manufacturer's official website and look for information about the board there.
  • On some systems (particularly those pre-built by larger retailers such as Dell), the baseboard manufacturer, model and name details may be blank or filled with generic information. If this is the case, download a suitable freeware application such as Speccy or CPU-Z to find the motherboard manufacturer and model.
  • If you're running a pre-built laptop or desktop with a specific model name, a Web search for the manufacturer and model may be enough to uncover the specifications of the motherboard installed. Look for official specification sheets and detailed technical reviews, as these are the most reliable sources of information.

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