What does the x mean in pcie x16 how is it read

I am fairly to building computers and computer savvy and was wondering what does the x mean in pcie x16 and how is it read
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  1. It is just representing "lanes"

    PCIe 2.0 x4 = 4 lanes at PCIe 2.0 speeds

    PCIe 3.0 x16 = 16 lanes at PCIe 3.0 speeds.


    PCIe 3.0 x4 == PCIe 2.0 x8 == PCIe 1.x x16
  2. It's really just used as a letter to mean "by". Some people will read it as "PCI-E by 16" and some people just say "PCI-E x16"(they say "x" instead of "by").

    I guess you could say that "by" is a better way to put it, as the number followed after it indicates PCI-E lanes which determine bandwidth.
  3. Thank You, I thought that is how it was read but wasn't sure.
  4. No problem
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