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Welcome to the world of performance computing? Where half as many lanes are better?
Until Sandy bridge x16/x16 for sli/crossfire was standard. I just didn't know intel decided to cheap out on the pci lanes.

the 1155 platform has 16 lanes only just like its predecessor 1156 had. The high end platforms, 1366 and 2011 have more lanes but you have to fork out more money to get that.

Anyways having only 16 lanes is not really a problem, especially now that PCI-e 3.0 is going to be available.
 
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the 1155 platform has 16 lanes only just like its predecessor 1156 had. The high end platforms, 1366 and 2011 have more lanes but you have to fork out more money to get that.
Anyways having only 16 lanes is not really a problem, especially now that PCI-e 3.0 is going to be available.

Would PCI-e 3.0 have any effect on a 6950 setup with Ivy Bridge?
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Would PCI-e 3.0 have any effect on a 6950 setup with Ivy Bridge?

6950 cfx doesn't need any more than 8x/8x with pci-e 2.0.
 
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Maxwell may test 3.0 but not 6950....
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Would PCI-e 3.0 have any effect on a 6950 setup with Ivy Bridge?

Only place you will notice a difference in performance with PCIe 3.0 is with tri or quad SLI/Crossfire setups. Otherwise a single or dual card solution doesn't even phase PCIe 2.0 bandwidth.
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Sorry if this is a stupid question but what would be the advantages over getting a Z77 board over Z68 Gen3? Is it just native PCI-e 3.0 and USB 3.0 support?
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Only place you will notice a difference in performance with PCIe 3.0 is with tri or quad SLI/Crossfire setups. Otherwise a single or dual card solution doesn't even phase PCIe 2.0 bandwidth.

What about two GTX590's? Does a dual GPU card eat up more PCIe 3.0 (or 2.0) bandwidth versus a single GPU card?
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What about two GTX590's? Does a dual GPU card eat up more PCIe 3.0 (or 2.0) bandwidth versus a single GPU card?

x8|x8 setup would be capable of providing 4GB/s|4GB/s of bandwidth on a PCIe 2.0 interface. Giving 4GB/s of bandwidth to each card. Now what a single GTX 590 is capable of consuming in terms of bandwidth im unsure of. But what we do know is from x8 to x16 there is less then 1FPS difference when using a single GTX 580. So that kind of leaves me in doubt dual GTX 580's would consume even PCIe 2.0's total bandwidth. Just the thought of dual GPU cards leads me to believe that even a dual GPU card cant cap the PCIe bus. Tho maybe tri or quad SLI GTX 590's would be something to investigate, but much overkill for any logical gaming pc.
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Sorry if this is a stupid question but what would be the advantages over getting a Z77 board over Z68 Gen3? Is it just native PCI-e 3.0 and USB 3.0 support?

Native PCI-E 3.0 and USB 3.0 are the only real improvements made for Z77, but are both in the early stages of practical useability. If you buy one of the Z77 boards upcoming in the next few months, likely, it will be replaced by some sort of Z78 within a few months to fix inevitable "new tech" problems which are guaranteed to arise with the new PCI-E and USB standards and how efficiently they are able to do their thing. Being an "early adopter" of anything usually involves this kind of thing.

Taking into consideration there are very few USB 3.0 compatible devices available as of today, and that PCI-E 3.0 won't actually be necessary to run even multiple GPU offerings flat-out for the next year of releases at least, these technologies' only real use is to plaster their logos all over motherboard and GPU boxes to boost sales. These new standards were developed and implemented ahead of there being any necessity for them, and because of this, they should be considered little more than a gimmick for 99% of PC users, unless you plan to tri- or quad-SLI some Keplers and/or want a USB stick that can double as an external hard drive. Even tri-sli will likely not really dent it much, if the 7970 is any indication of what we can expect from Kepler. It would make sense that their bandwidth requirements would be very similar.

At this stage you can't really go wrong with either. There's really no such thing as "future proofing", as by the time USB 3.0 and PCI-E 3.0 are in common usage, any board you buy in 2012 will be quite outdated.
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