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How to Determine Motherboard Socket Type

Determining the motherboard socket type is important when looking to upgrade your CPU or ensure compatibility with a new processor. Here’s how you can find out the socket type of your motherboard:

1. Check the Motherboard’s Documentation

The simplest way to determine the socket type is to check the user manual or the box that your motherboard came in. The socket type is usually prominently listed in the specifications.

2. Examine the Motherboard

If you have physical access to the motherboard, the socket type is often printed on the motherboard itself, near the socket. Power down and open your computer, and look for any markings that indicate the socket type. However, take precautions to avoid electrostatic discharge that can damage computer components.

3. Use System Information Software

Various software tools can identify your motherboard model, which you can then use to look up the socket type:

For Windows:

  • System Information: Press Windows Key + R, type msinfo32, and press Enter. Look for the ‘BaseBoard’ or ‘Motherboard’ model.
  • CPU-Z: This is a free utility that can provide detailed information about your CPU and motherboard, including the socket type.

For macOS:

  • System Information: Click the Apple logo on the top left and select “About This Mac,” then “System Report.” The model identifier can be used to look up detailed specs online.

4. Look Up the Motherboard Model Online

Once you know your motherboard’s model number, you can find its specifications on the manufacturer’s website, which will include the socket type.

5. Check Within the BIOS/UEFI

You can sometimes find the motherboard model and socket type listed in the BIOS/UEFI. Restart your computer and press the key to enter the BIOS/UEFI during boot-up (common keys include Del, F2, F10, F12, or Esc).

6. Use Command Line Tools

On Windows, you can use the command prompt or PowerShell to retrieve the motherboard model:

  • Command Prompt: Type wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber.
  • PowerShell: Use the Get-WmiObject win32_baseboard command.

Common Socket Types (as of the last update in November 2023)


  • LGA 1151
  • LGA 1200
  • LGA 1700
  • LGA 2066


  • AM4
  • sTRX4
  • AM5 (expected to be the latest for consumer desktops)

Additional Considerations

  • CPU Compatibility: Knowing the socket type is the first step. Make sure to also check the CPU compatibility list provided by the motherboard manufacturer to ensure a particular CPU model is supported.
  • BIOS Update: Sometimes a BIOS update is required for new CPUs within the same socket type.
  • Form Factor: While not related to the CPU socket, keep in mind the form factor (ATX, mATX, ITX, etc.) of the motherboard to ensure it fits your case.

By using these methods, you can identify the socket type of your motherboard and make informed decisions about hardware upgrades or replacements.

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