How to Find Out What Motherboard You Have

By Jered Slusher

If you ever plan on upgrading or fixing your motherboard, it's important that you identify what type of motherboard your computer has. The motherboard is the central device that all other components of the computer plug into. The motherboard sends and gathers signals from the different components of the computer so the computer can function. You can get the information of the model and manufacturer of your by using some free software available online.

CPU-Z Software Option

Step 1

Access the CPU-Z website, and click on the "1.55 setup, english" under the "Download latest release" on the right hand column of the page. You will be taken to a separate download page. Click on the purple "Download now!" button to begin download. A new window will pop up confirming the download. Click "Save File" to save the setup file to your computer.

Step 2

Open the executable setup file by double clicking on it. Follow the setup process to install the CPU-Z software. Restart your computer when the software is finished installing. When your computer restarts, click "Start" from the bottom toolbar, then rollover the "All Programs" option. Look for the CPU-Z software and click on it to open the program. The program may take a few minutes to load your information.

Step 3

Click the "Mainboard" tab at the top of the CPU-Z program window. This will reveal the manufacturer and model of your motherboard. Write down your motherboard information and keep it in a safe place. Click the red "X" in the top right corner of the program window to exit the CPU-Z software.

Sandra Lite Software Option

Step 1

Access the Sandra download page through the SiSoftware website and click the "Download" button at the bottom of the "Lite" column. You will be taken to a page with several download options. Select a download site from the "Affiliate Free Download Sites" section, and click on the link to the right of the red arrow. Click the "Download Now" button on the site that you are taken to.

Step 2

Double click the Sandra setup file to start the setup process. Follow the setup instructions to install Sandra. Restart your computer when the software is finished installing. When your computer restarts, click "Start" from the bottom toolbar, then rollover the "All Programs" option. Look for Sandra under the SiSoftware category and click on it to open the program. The program may take a few minutes to load your information.

Step 3

Click the "Hardware" tab at the top of the Sandra program window, then double click on "Mainboard." This will reveal the manufacturer and model of your motherboard. Write down your motherboard information. Click the red "X" in the top right corner of the program window to exit the Sandra program.