How to Identify What Intel Chipset Is on a Motherboard

By B. Steele

The chipset facilitates communication between the CPU and other devices.
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A motherboard chipset is a group of chips that work together to control communication between the processor and other system devices. Intel manufacturers boards with many different chipsets, and you can determine which chipset you have without opening the computer case. Knowing chipset information, along with the rest of your office computers’ specifications, helps you decide which of your machines benefit from an upgrade, and which computers are obsolete and should be retired.

Click “Start,” and then right-click “Computer.”

Click “Manage.”

Click “Device Manager.”

Click the plus sign next to “System Devices.”

Look for the chipset name following “Intel(R).” For example, “Intel(R) 945G Processor to I/O Controller – 2770” indicates an Intel 945G Express chipset.


Intel also offers a chipset identification utility for 32 bit systems on their website. You can review the list from Intel (full link in Resources).