Why Is Motherboard Green In Color? [The Facts]

The most common color for the motherboard is green, but why is the motherboard color green?

There are a number of different reasons. In the early stages of computer design and manufacturing, this was actually not the case.

For many years motherboards were made with brown circuit boards and that was what everyone used at the time.

Eventually, things changed and the green color became the standard because it was cheap to produce and the market welcomed it.

Why Is Motherboard Green In Color?

Why Is The Motherboard Green in Color

Green was cost-effective

Green was one of the first conventional options, which was arbitrarily created by one of the early designers and has remained a reasonably cheap option to produce.

Colors also have varying costs, so companies back then including IBM were attempting to save money by using big-scale production and weren’t picking a color based on aesthetics; instead, they go with the cheapest protective coating, which is green.

Green was considered a pleasing color

The color green, often known as solder mask in the industry, became popular on printed circuit boards (including motherboards) in the 1960s when surface mount components began to dominate.

These components weren’t punctured through the board but instead were attached to it.

The components were smaller and denser, necessitating some resin to keep the color from spreading.

However, when they started using resin it resulted in an awful brown color that was pretty ugly.

As a solution, they decided to add some other color pigments and from there were able to produce the solder mask that resembled a pleasing green color.

Well, gone are the green days

The copper lines present on the motherboard are protected with a solder mask layer, which is often green in hue.

Hence, green was able to dominate the industry as a standard color until recently.

However, companies have abandoned producing green motherboards, as they are no longer considered aesthetic.

Market demands have changed since the 2010s, and while there is a small demand for original green motherboards, it isn’t enough to warrant production.

Today other colors such as red and black are also used instead of green, for a motherboard.

For example, the preferred motherboards for Intel i9 9900K only includes the one in red, black, or greyish color.

Particularly, MSI and Gigabyte are leading the race with their colored motherboards that can be further customized through RGB lightning.

Are green motherboards still available in the market?

Yes, but they’re a bit hard to find nowadays.

The majority of motherboard manufacturers have moved towards colored motherboard that is pleasing to the eyes and come in different contrast.

You will find the ones with a mix of white and grey colors, whereas the ones with red and black are also common.

How to clean a green motherboard?

It depends on the motherboard. If it is a used one, then the first thing you have to do is remove all components from it so that you can inspect each and every component properly as cleaning the surface only without inspecting might result in malfunctioning of other components as well.

In case if your motherboard is new but doesn’t look clean, then take a cotton cloth and dip it into some neutral cleaner or rubbing alcohol.

Then take another dry piece of cloth and wipe from top to bottom.

You should not use too much force otherwise you might damage some sensitive parts like capacitors and resistors present on the motherboards.

You can also read our detailed guide about cleaning a motherboard.


The main reason why motherboards were originally designed with the color green was because of cost-effectiveness.

Today black color with contrast on a motherboard is more preferred as they have a highly aesthetic.

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