What Kind of Laptop Do I Have (How to Check Model, GPU, RAM)

When someone asks you what type of laptop you own, do the first words out of your mouth sound like umm, oh, I don’t know? Don’t worry; you are not alone.

Not everyone is a tech-freak  But knowing some information about your laptop can prove fruitful. We know everyone is not a techie, and hunting for information is the last thing you as non-techie would like to do.

So here’s our super-simplified guide to unlocking the golden information that will replace those hesitant words with a confident and correct response.

How to Find the Model Number of Your Laptop

There are many ways to identify the model number of the laptop, but we will be sharing the four easiest ones with you here in this article:

1. Flip your laptop antique glass over the bottom.

This is one of the easiest methods to locate the model number of your laptop. Look for the logo accompanied by small text on the bottom of your laptop.

It is generally printed on a sticker. If the sticker is worn out, which will probably be the case, if your laptop is old, then you can move on to the next methods. Let’s approach this method brand-wise:

Acer: On the bottom of a laptop, look for the service tag. The model number will be displayed on it.

Dell: The service tag on the bottom of the laptop will have a bunch of information displayed along with the model number. In dell laptops, the model number is usually printed below the logo on the top-left corner of the service tag.

Asus: Flip the laptop upside down with the back of the laptop facing upwards. The model name will appear to be printed on the section titled “Model.”

Lenovo: On the back cover, all the essential information is printed, including the product name, the machine type model, and the model number.

2. The control panel 

This method requires you to obtain the desired information by going into the control panel of your system.

Open the search bar and search for the control panel.

Windows 7: If you are a Windows 7 operator, then head to the system and security option and click on the system.

Windows 10: If you are a Windows 10 operator, just look for the system under the control panel.

3. Using Windows System Information

If the above two methods don’t work for you, this is the last resort. This will require you to identify the information using Windows system information, which is the most comprehensive information hub on Windows.

Windows 7: If you are like us and prefer Windows 7 then

Step 1: go to the search using the start button and look for “system information”. In the plethora of search results, select the desired option.

Step 2: Inside system information click on “system model”.

Windows 10: The Windows 10 user needs to go on the search box and type system information. A small popup window will appear. Select the field with the title system model to access the desired information.

Windows 8: If you are a Windows 8 person, you have to type “MSinfo32” in the search bar. The search result titled “MSinfo32” will have a plethora of fields. Identify the field titled “model”

If these three methods didn’t work for you, which almost occurs once in a blue moon, you could always get in touch with the customer service helpline, or if you are not a phone-person, the local dealers can help you in the identification of the model number by using BIOS.

If you are not familiar with the settings of the BIOS, you should stay away from operating it yourself. It might hamper the settings which are complicated to reverse.

How to Find Your CPU  Details

Steps to find your CPU in the easiest manner possible:

  1. Click on the windows button select system from the list of options.
  2.  Look for the section titled device specifications.
  3. Click on it and look for the CPU next to the processor section.

How to Find the GPU of Your Laptop. 

GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit. It handles graphic operations. Though GPUs mainly excel at rendering 3D graphics, it includes both 2D and 3D calculations. It will determine how big a game in size can be rendered on your laptop.

Steps to access your GPU:

  1. Click on the windows icon and select the device manager from the menu.
  2.  Now you will encounter a list of dropdown menus.
  3. Near the top, there will be a menu titled “display adaptors.” When you open it, the GPU will be displayed under this menu.
  4. There might be a chance of the list to be presented into options 1 being the standalone GPU and the other for the integrated graphics. Go for the standalone GPU whenever you encounter two options.

How to Find Details about the Motherboard 

The motherboard is the primary circuit Board of your system. It glues together most of the essential components of a computer, such as CPU, memory, and device connectors.

You won’t really require the information on the type of motherboard you have on your laptop, but you never know. That is why we have displayed below one of the simplest methods to extract your motherboard information.

Steps:

  1. Open the search bar and type system information.
  2.  A window titled “system information” will appear in the search results.
  3.  Open it, and a plethora of lists will be displayed.
  4. Check the bottom of the list and look for information titled “baseboard model” or “baseboard product”
  5. The system information panel also includes the information on the memory on your laptop.

How to Find out RAM Details on Your Laptop

RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is a form of Computer memory that is read and changed in order. Without RAM, every operation on your laptop will be much slower. It is essentially the short term memory of your laptop. The more the RAM, the better it is.

Most of the operations you have done above will lead you to the information of the RAM, but we have listed below an additional method to check the RAM of your system.

Steps: 

  1. Begin by right-clicking on the start button.
  2. In the menu select the “system option”.
  3. An about page must appear after you have clicked on the option.
  4. After scrolling down a little section titled “device specifications” will appear, which also did in a couple of methods above.
  5. Look out for the installed “RAM” title. The amount of RAM stored in your laptop will be listed under that. It will be displayed in the form of gigabytes.

How much RAM is sufficient?

If you are looking for the basic operations on your laptop, 4GB of laptop RAM should be sufficient enough. But if you are looking to perform high demanding tasks such as programming, design, gaming, which requires high computer Essentials, you should have at least 8 GB RAM available.

You know the basic technical specs of your laptop now, and you must be interested in upgrading its capabilities. The only drawback with the laptop is that the core components won’t be upgraded easily.

In the majority of laptops, You can upgrade: 

  • The RAM
  • Storage
  • Graphics processing power (by installing external GPU)

But if your laptop is a lot old, additional memory and component up-gradation won’t be enough. You might want to consider upgrading to a new laptop. It will save you a good amount of resources, and you will end up with a brand new laptop.

Conclusion

This was all about the type and specs of your laptop. This guide will make sure you have no problem in accessing the desired information with the least hassle.

This guide is super-simplified for you to bookmark. You don’t have to google another thing related to the topic after this, it’s our promise.

Written By Matthew Braswell

Meet Matt! He is a hardcore gamer turned programmer turned editor-in-chief at GetSuperbook's. When not on his laptop he's talking about them and answering people's questions about them.

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