To find this on a Windows computer, open the Start menu, then type Sysinfo into the search bar. Select the “System Information application and scroll down to the BIOS Version/Date entry in the window that appears. The date listed can be used to estimate the age of the computer. My motherboard is at least two years old. However, I cannot ascertain its exact age with any certainty because the only record I have of it dates back to when it was installed in a computer system.
How Can I Tell the Age of My Computer?
Because consumer electronics are constantly improving, and software is updated with the latest hardware in mind, it can be helpful to keep tabs on how old your computer is.
The model number is X68G-UD3-B3 and this particular computer has been used for 3 years or so without any significant problems.
I took a photograph of the motherboard and searched for its serial number, but I could not find it because it is hidden under the CPU module. That module is installed in one slot. There are five slots on this motherboard (plus one additional PCI Express x1 expansion area). The first four slots hold graphics cards (two of them hold the same card) and the PCI Express x1 expansion area holds a wireless network device.
In case you’re wondering, this is not my computer system (I do not own a first-person shooter game console). I downloaded this photo from Google images. The link to it appears below:
Should you wish to enlarge any part of the image, you can do so by clicking on it. That will open up a new tab containing the original image in its entirety.
Computers Get Old
While there’s nothing wrong with using an older computer, so long as it serves your needs, the mechanics of modern computer systems require you to keep in mind the roughage of your machine.
Here is some additional information about Intel motherboards from 2010:
Some of the motherboard models listed date back to 2009 and 2008, but I wanted to show that this model (X68G-UD3-B3) is still available.
My motherboard has six SATA II ports (two of them share the same physical connector). They are all colored blue (the color of one port is partially obscured by the USB 3.0 cable in the photo above). Note that there are two additional SATA III ports, also colored blue. These are also shared with other ports (the yellow ones), and they are not directly visible in the photo.
Advanced Computer Dating
If your computer’s serial number cannot be found, or if you have a custom-built computer (rather than a stock model purchased from a retailer), you can still determine the roughage of your machine.
My motherboard has only 1 DIMM slot for RAM modules, which is colored black (the color of the single 8 GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM module installed in it). Compare this to the other two photos above, where we can see 2 or 4 DIMM slots.
My motherboard does not have any FireWire ports, eSATA, or SATA Express connectors. It has no infrared sensor and no wireless capability (see the red-colored USB 2.0 port with the antenna sticking out of it).