[SOLVED] Will a pcie 8x card work in a 16x slot?

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I have this motherboard https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H110M-DSHyper/index.asp . It only has a a pcie 16x slot available, but I was looking at getting this card https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MC23VS4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 which has a pcie 8x connector. Will using the 8x in the 16x slot cause issues?
Wait a second...I'm a bit confused.

Are you asking whether the GPU will work on your Motherboard's PCI-e SLOT, or asking whether you can connect 8-PIN PCI-e cable to the GPU ?? These two are totally different things. For the GPU, you need to have a compatible PSU, having sufficient PCI-E connectors, 6/8-PIN PEG connectors.

Now, when it comes to the PCI-e slot, yes your mobo is having one 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot for any GPU. You can install any video card on this board. PCI-E is backwards compatible, meaning even if your Motherboard supports gen 2.0, any gen 3.0 GPU will also work on that same board. But you board is already having support.

Also, there won't be any performance drop whatsoever (you won't even notice it while gaming).

All PCI Express versions are backward and forward compatible, meaning no matter what version the PCIe card or your motherboard supports, they should work together, at least at a minimum level. One important thing to know, however, is that to get the increased bandwidth (which usually equates to the greatest performance), you'll want to choose the highest PCIe version that your motherboard supports and choose the largest PCIe size that will fit.

For example, a PCIe 3.0 x16 video card will give you the greatest performance, but only if your motherboard also supports PCIe 3.0 and has a free PCIe x16 slot. If your motherboard only supports PCIe 2.0, the card will only work up to that supported speed (e.g., 64 Gbit/s in the x16 slot).

The only slight disadvantage is that it will only have the maximum bandwidth provided by the slot; i.e., if you install an x16 video card in an x4 slot, it will have only x4 bandwidth available.

To reach the maximum performance possible, both the expansion card and the PCI Express controller (available inside the CPU or inside the motherboard chipset, depending on your system) have to be of the same revision. If you have a PCI Express 2.0 video card and install it on a system with a PCI Express 3.0 controller, you will be limited to the PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth. The same video card installed on an old system with a PCI Express 1.0 controller will be limited to the PCI Express 1.0 bandwidth.

But never mind all this theory. Just make sure to UPDATE the BIOS on your system, before upgrading any GPU. Assuming this is the exact GPU model which you want to purchase, then it requires ONE 8-PIN Power connector from the PSU. The picture on AMAZON is of the VENTUS Model though, and this Gaming Z is different.

https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/GeForce-RTX-2060-GAMING-Z-6G/Specification
 
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