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A PCI Express x16 graphics card must go in a x16 PCI Express slot. An x16 slot is much bigger that x1 slot. PCI Express x16 graphics card can be installed into x1, x4 or x8 PCI-E slot phisically only if that slot is opened on the side, opposite to where the VGA monitor connector(s) is(are) on the card. This way, the graphics card will be forced to use the maximum speed, the PCI_E slot can provide - x1, x4 or x8. However - this is dependent on the ability of the graphics card to reduce it's speed according to the slot's speed and the ability of the MotherBoard to support such card. Example: ATI x1550 PCI-E VGA card is tested on system Dell Optiplex GX 520, which has only PCI-E x1 slot. Result is that the VGA card starts Windows XP Pro in Safe Mode, but is not able to run at normal boot.

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Q: Will a PCI Express x16 graphic card work on a motherboard that has PCI Express x1?
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