What is my sound card?

Evgeny Fogov
Evgeny Fogov
April 22, 2013
What is my sound card?

It is difficult and pointless to keep in mind such information as marking the motherboard, video card or sound card. But sometimes their names may be needed in order to update a non-working driver, evaluate the capabilities and technical characteristics of your computer. In order to understand what my sound card is, it is enough to use a simple instruction.

In documents

How to find out which sound card is installed on your computer, if you still have packaging and all technical documentation? Just look at the documents that came with your PC. As a rule, in most cases, the sound card is integrated or integrated into the motherboard. And then you need to read the instructions to the motherboard, where it is written, which card is integrated into the device. If the sound card is supplied separately from the motherboard, its name should be indicated in the list of components, or in a separate document.

In the system unit

If you do not store documents, then you will need to look inside it to find out which sound card is on your computer. If you have a discrete (separate) sound card, then just read the marking on the device itself, where the manufacturer and model are indicated. If the sound card is integrated (embedded in the motherboard), read the motherboard marking, then, to find out which sound card is on the computer, you need to go to the motherboard manufacturer's website, enter the label or name of the device and look at the characteristics of which sound card is installed .

In the device manager

Your computer can also store information about which devices are installed in it. To see the name of the sound card, it is sometimes enough just to look into the device manager. How to determine which sound card you have installed? Right click on “My Computer” and go to properties. In the menu that opens, select "Device Manager". Find the category “Sound, video and gaming devices” in it and click the tab to expand it. The name of the sound card is in the line with the word "Audio".

With the help of programs

If you lost documents, you could not see the name of the sound card in the system unit, and the device manager did not show you the markings, you can find out the name of the sound card by downloading a special program for testing the computer hardware. In this case, how to see which sound card you have installed? Download and install a program like AIDA64 Extreme Edition, System Information Viewer, EVEREST, SiSoftware Sandra or ASTRA32. Programs of this type will test the hardware and help to collect information about the type and name of the sound card and many other devices.