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Hey guys, I have the P8Z68-V Pro motherboard and need to fit 3 PCIe cards and am worried about losing bandwidth on my 16x slots for fear of choking my GTX580.

I currently have the 580 in the first 16x slot, and a wireless NIC in the first 1x. This blocks my second 1x slot. Can I move the 580 down to the second 16x slot and still have 16x bandwidth, then put my STX sound card in the second 1x? Or, is it safe to put the sound card into the second 16x slot without it dropping to 8x/8x? I haven't owned a motherboard with these limitations before, so excuse my ignorance.
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8x/8x is fine dont worry, you wont see any performance loss. the majority of SB MB's only support 8x/8x.
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