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Hi, I'm a bit confused as to how to set up my PCIe cards. I have this motherboard http://uk.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/316/z77x-up7.html (got it on sale really cheap wink.gif ) and a 7950

Now the manual says that if only one graphics card is to be used the it should be in the second slot to avoid the PLX chip and communicate straight to the CPU.

But the thing is, how will adding an audio card affect this ? Will the card still run at x16 if I put an audio card in one of the x1 slots ? This is the audio card I have. http://uk.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_Essence_STX/

Will the card drop down to x8 if I add the audio card ?

What slots should I be using ?

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No the sound card (PCI) will not drop performance on any of the 4 way PCI-e lanes. So incert your sound card and then the video card in the first or second orange slot, wherever it's not being interfered by the sound card.
 
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PCI-E x1 slots are tied to motherboard's chipset; thus, won't affect CPU lanes that run your GPU.
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