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So I had a stupid moment a few weeks ago while cleaning out my rig.. Basically, I forgot how to remove my graphics cards (it had been about year since I'd touched any of my hardware) and starting trying to yank them out of the slots, without success of course :roll eyes:

Anyway, I'm now worried if I might have damaged the pcie slots.. I checked the slots and they seem rock solid to the touch, although I can hear an extremely faint click noise when I press down on the second one. SLI has been working fine and my benchmark scores and gaming experience seems the same. I want the board to last at least another two card upgrades and I'm worried a pcie slot is going to crap out on me out of nowhere.. How durable are they generally? And, apart from what I've already done, is there anything else I can do to determine whether or not there is damage?
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they are pretty durable, but if a card works then what more do you want? How long is your warranty on the motherboard?
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Not that durable.

Look for pin damage or the plastic cover damage and the plastic clip damage. You should be fine if there is no visible damage. The slight clicking might just be the plastic clip at the end that helps hold in the card.
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post #4 of 7
If you loosened it up, it's probably only a matter of time before it breaks if you leave it as is.

Maybe there is a type of glue that's safe for this type of thing, and you could glue it down to help add strength to the slot to prevent it getting weaker each time you use it, which will likely be what breaks it over time.
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check the back of the board, if the slot is still through the hole to the back then i think it will hold.

if it hasn't come out already and doesn't' seem like it will slide off, then chances are it wont. I pull a lot of stuff out of motherboards, it is very hard to pull the slot off if you forget to unlock the GPU. The only way I have gotten a slot off was when i was using a heatgun to desolder the entire board.
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check the back of the board, if the slot is still through the hole to the back then i think it will hold.

if it hasn't come out already and doesn't' seem like it will slide off, then chances are it wont. I pull a lot of stuff out of motherboards, it is very hard to pull the slot off if you forget to unlock the GPU. The only way I have gotten a slot off was when i was using a heatgun to desolder the entire board.
Okay I will check next time I'm cleaning my system (I absolutely hate taking it apart). I'd expect my board to be built like a tank.. given it is/was basically top of the line of the Z77 range and I've never had a problem with Asus boards. The one thing that terrifies me though is their customer service and the way they deal with RMAs, which I've heard awful things about. The warranty is about 3 years btw, which gives me barely a year left.
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post #7 of 7
If something broke that's user induced damage, unfortunately it's not covered by warranty.
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