Graphics Card won’t fit on motherboard

Graphics Card won’t fit on motherboard

Although PC building is not a complex task, it can be pretty overwhelming for the beginners. Watching someone building a PC on YouTube is one thing, and doing it yourself is completely another.

Mostly due to this inexperience, seemingly straightforward tasks start to get tricky. One such example is the graphics card.

Installing it into the motherboard is simple process and a regular motherboard with PCIe x16 slot can fit any recent graphics card.

But still many newbies have find this process quite difficult.

How to fit Graphics Card in the PCIe x16 Slot

Below we’ll discuss some solutions if you’re unable to fit your graphics card in the motherboard.

1. Remove GPU Pin Protective Cover

Modern graphics cards come with a protective cover on their PCIe pins that protects those pins from any damage during the transit process. Many first-time builders simply forgot to take this cover off which doesn’t allow those pins to fit inside the PCIe x16 slot.

2. Check Your PCIe slot

Before installing your card, make sure the PCIe slot (usually the top-most) you’re trying to fit it in has its retention latch/lever in the ‘open’ position. This latch is found next to right edge of your PCIe slot and secures the GPU fit.

Once you’ve correctly fitted the card into the PCIe slot, this latch will close automatically.

3. Change your GPU orientation

Often times, the GPU doesn’t slot into the motherboard simply because your orientation is wrong.

To solve this issue, make sure the small L-shaped PCIe pins are against the retention latch and stick the metal part bracket of your card into the space between motherboard and PCIe slot covers.

After this, align the GPU pins against the PCIe slot and press evenly without any excessive force.

4. Remove PCIe backplate on your PC Case

PC Chassis come with multiple PCIe slot covers. These slot covers are essentially the metal brackets that prevent its backside against objects and dust, while maintaining airflow.

While installing the graphics card, it’s important to remove the bracket next to your PCIe slot as well as the one right below it.

After installing it, make sure to put those backplates’ screws back into their position to make sure the GPU stays in place.

5. Inspect Your Motherboard and Case

In case you’ve tried all the above solutions and are still unable to fit it your GPU, it’s a good time to inspect your Motherboard and Chassis.

Take the motherboard out the case and try to install the card. If it’s fitting it, then there’s some fault in your chassis (maybe it’s bent or has misaligned screws).

You can also read your motherboard manual to see if you’re putting the GPU into the correct PCIe slot.

6. Use a PCIe Riser Cable

This one is mentioned at last because it’s the only solution that may require you to spend some money.

Many times your chassis is so small that it’s not possible to install the card even when it’s 100% compatible with your motherboard.

Not only that, some modern GPUs are quite thick and occupy the nearby motherboard area as well, which can be an issue if you want to run multiple GPUs at one time.

If that is indeed the case, you can opt for a PCIe riser cable. This cable has its one end connected to your GPU and other with your PCIe slot. This way you can extend the PCIe connection and mount your GPU to any other free area of your PC case.

Written By Aamir Irshad
Written By Aamir Irshad

Aamir is the founder and chief editor of For the last decade and a half, he’s been building PCs for himself and his friends. From those Core 2 processors to the latest Ryzen 5000 models, he has seen it all.

His aim for this website was to help people make the right decisions for their PC component upgrades.

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