If you fancy a new upgrade to your computer, you may be needing to remove your GPU from your motherboard. Sadly, sometimes the GPU can get stuck in your PCIe slot, making it a pain to try and remove. When this happens, you may be feeling hopeless. There are multiple fixes to this issue, and lucky for you we found the best ones and compiled them all in this article. Here is how to remove your GPU from your MOBO.
Graphics Card Won’t Come Out: What To Do
Having your graphics card stuck in your motherboard can seem like a very frustrating thing. An important thing to remember when your GPU is stuck in the PCI slot is to not get upset, as that can cause you to make mistakes and be less gentle when following these steps.
The first thing to do is to identify the issue at hand. How is it stuck? What have you tried? And what seems to be the issue when you attempt to separate the GPU from the slot.
After identifying the issue, try out these solutions:
1. First Option
- Push the GPU in as if installing until the PCI retention tab pops up
- If the GPU was installed correctly, the tab should be in the upright position, away from the MOBO
- Push the tab down until it is at a 45-degree angle, and push on the GPU slightly and softly, forcing it out.
- Undo the screw that keeps the GPU attached to the expansion slot
- Use a screwdriver and a gentle amount of pressure on the winged tabs of the slot’s latch
- Try holding down the tab while you lift the GPU
- If that doesn’t work, try holding the tab down while jiggling the tab and lifting the GPU
- Work on reseating the card properly, and make sure that it is in its correct installation position
- Press on the clip again
- If those don’t work, try removing your MOBO from the PC and do steps 1 and 2 again
How do I Remove My GTX 1060 From Motherboard?
Much like the other two guides below this one, removing your graphics card from your motherboard is a seemingly tricky task, that can be made easier by following these steps. An important thing to note is that you have to take your time, as rushing through may cause issues.
1. Unplug Everything
Make sure that all cables and power cords are removed from your PC, so that there is no issue with tangling cords or accidental electrocution
2. Remove Excess Power
By pressing the power button, you can release any excess power that may have been stored in your PC
3. Unscrew Side Panel
Most external screws don’t need a tool to remove them and can be taken out by hand.
4. Remove Power Cable
When you take out your side panel, you should see a power cable attached to your graphics card. Take that off and place it somewhere you can remember it, in case of reselling.
5. Take out retaining screw
Attached to your graphics card should be a bracket for holding it. Remove the screws attached holding your bracket and graphics card together and place them to the side.
6. Unlatch graphics card
At the bottom of your graphics card, should be a retaining clip. Depending on your specifications, this could either be a pull or a push clip. After confirming which of these two your GPU has, release it to fully unlatch your GPU from your MOBO.
7. Take out
Now that your graphics card is released from your motherboard, pull it straight out of the PCI/PCIe slot.
How do I Remove the Graphics Card From my ASUS Motherboard?
Removing the graphics card from your motherboards can be a daunting task to think about. Luckily, though branded differently, most motherboards have striking similarities to each other. This makes changing out and building PCs easier than some would think.
1. Power off your PC
Turn off your PC, and remove all cables attached. Then, to release excess power, press your power button. After doing this, move on to step 2.
2. Take off Siding
To access your GPU, you must remove the side panel from your PC. Most computers have big enough screws so that you won’t need a tool to remove them.
3. Remove power cable
Once inside your PC, take a look at your GPU. There should be a power cable attached, and you must remove that before moving on to the next step.
4. Unlatch GPU
On one side of your GPU, should be a bracket with screws. Take your screwdriver (magnetic recommended) and remove them, putting them off to the side for later use. Then detach the retaining clips on the bottom of your GPU.
5. Remove GPU from PC
Once your graphics card has been fully detached from your motherboard, you are free to easily pull it straight out of your PC.
How do I Uninstall GTX 2070?
Uninstalling your GTX 2070 is easy. It’s important to remember to be patient, as these units can be delicate and if you want to keep your PC as a whole in good condition, you need to remove the graphics card safely.
1. Unplug your PC, and remove side paneling
Just like the other two, make sure all cords, cables, etc. are removed from your PC. Then turn your PC on its side and take away the side paneling.
2. Take out the power cables, and release screws/latches
Remove the power cable from your GPU, and then use your magnetic screwdriver to take out the screws. Once having done both of those, look to the bottom of your GPU and release the retaining clip.
3. Remove GPU from MOBO
With your graphics card freed from the motherboard, swiftly and carefully pull the GPU straight out from the motherboard, and remove it from your PC.
How to Remove a Stuck GPU From my Motherboard FAQ
Which Slot Type Often Has a Retaining Clip as Part of the Slot Mechanism?
The PCIe slots tend to have a single retaining clip at the top, leaving the bottom static. They are generally only found on the x16 slots because they need to hold larger and heavier expansion cards.
Is the Graphics Card Attached to the Motherboard?
Yes, the graphics card is attached to your motherboard. When installing a GPU you attached it to the thin strips on your MOBO. The slots are called PCIe slots, and there will normally be more than one on your motherboard. From the very old PCs to the newest ones, there are multiple types of PCIe slots. The newer x16 ones will use less bandwidth and transfer data at higher percentages over a PCIe x1 or an AGP x4 etc.
Final Words About the Graphics Card Stuck in Motherboard
Having your GPU stuck in your PCIe is never a good thing, and hopefully, these tips and tricks have helped. If after trying all of these you are still having an issue it might be worth sending it in to a repair shop and seeing if they can fix it. PC parts tend to be very delicate and you wouldn’t want to get frustrated and damage a part because of an issue like this.