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The mini PCIe slot on your motherboard can be a bit of an enigma. It’s not like the other slots that you plug peripherals into, and it might not work with certain devices. But don’t fret! I’ll take you through some of the most important things to know about this little-known but very useful piece of hardware.

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Some motherboards have two mini PCIe slots, and some only one. If you don’t know which your motherboard has then check the manual for your computer or look at the slot itself, if it’s a single white rectangle, there is just one. -The pins on a mini PCIe are much smaller than those in other types of slots like PCI Express x16 and M.ATX because this type of card doesn’t need as much bandwidth to function properly. But that also means they’re more fragilE.

Be sure not to touch them without using an appropriate tool, such as tweezers or pliers with rubber tips (more about proper handling later). These cards can be used by all sorts of different devices.

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