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:
- 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.
- 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
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
Common Socket Types (as of the last update in November 2023)
- LGA 1151
- LGA 1200
- LGA 1700
- LGA 2066
- AM5 (expected to be the latest for consumer desktops)
- 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.