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Any issues with putting a sound card in a x16 slot - lanes shared by GPU

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I know there is a current thread asking about a similar issue but my question is a little different.

I just got a Xonar DX for my "Main" rig, and I have to say I am liking it so far (other than the lack of front panel auto detect). However due to various constraints with the layout of my case I had to install it in the x16 slot 2 - my GPU being in the x16 slot 1. My question is if this was a no-no, or if there were any known issues with doing this (interference or so on).

I know it is going to knock my GPU down to x8 but there should be minimal performance impact there (nothing noticable from some benchmarking last night). I did have a random BSOD on boot after installing the Xonar drivers but that seems like a one off so far.
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There will be no negative effects other than the x8 lane reduction like you mentioned. As far as the BSOD on installation, that is a common problem and nothing to worry about.
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You won't notice a difference in x8 mode with a single HD7950. Lane width matters most when running more than one high-end card, and even then its a minimal impact at its worst (on single monitor).
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