The PCI Express card edge connector's integrated retention arm extends away from end of the connector body and includes a molded post that snaps into a notch on the bottom of the add-in card. The post is designed to engage with the "hockey stick" shaped hook defined on the bottom of the graphics card. Removal of a graphics card is facilitated by pushing the flexible arm away from the graphics card until the molded post disengages from the notch on the bottom of the card. The add-in card can then be unplugged from the x16 PCI Express card edge connector. The 10046742 connector series is RoHS compliant and is compatible with lead-free wave solder temperatures.