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Choosing An Expansion Card Slot - HP Z200 Maintenance And Service Manual

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Choosing an expansion card slot

Whenever possible, use the following tips to help you select the proper slot for an expansion card:
Use the black PCIe x16 I/O slot for the primary graphics card; if you do not use this slot for the
graphics card, only cards certified as After Market Options are supported.
Insert a second graphics card in the white PCIe x16 slot.
Install a card in a slot that most closely matches its interface technology:
Install a PCIe Gen1 x16 or a PCIe Gen1 x8 card in the PCIe Gen2 x16 slot.
Install a PCIe Gen1 x4 card in the PCIe Gen1 x4 slot.
Install a PCIe Gen1 x1 card in the PCIe Gen1 x1 slot.
Install a PCI card in one of the PCI slots.
Whenever possible, install a PCIe x1 card in an x1 slot.
Leave as much space as possible between cards.
For best operational efficiency, select a slot that:
Electrically matches the number of PCIe card lanes (e.g., x1 in a x1 slot).
Has more lanes electrically.
Has fewer lanes, but is closer to your needs. For example, place an x16 card in an x4 slot,
and an x4 card in a an x1 slot.
An x1 connector supports an x1 card only. Although, an x1 card can be inserted into any slot,
this may waste the potential for future card placement.
To prevent electromagnetic interference, avoid installing a card with external cable connections
next to a graphics card.
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