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I was wondering if there is any diffrence between the blue or white PCIE 3.0 slots? I will be using a single GPU setup. It seems most people put a single GPU in the blue(closer to the cpu) slot. Basically the upper most PCIE 3.0 slot. The reason I ask this is because I want to fit a pcie 1.0 soundcard into the board but I would rather not put it abover or below the GPU to try and keep both cards cooler. Or would it not hurt the GPU/soundcard to have them virtually touching eachother?

*edited to correct x3 to 3.0*
 

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Both are PCI-e 3.0 x16 sockets with all 16 lanes, however it is almost always advised to use the top slot.

Also, PCI-e slots come in 4 sizes, none of which are x3.

PCI-e x1
PCI-e x4
PCI-e x8
PCI-e x16

They refer to the number of lanes the slot has available. Typically x8 and x16 both use a x16 sized socket, but some lanes may not be in use.
 

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Originally Posted by KyadCK View Post

Both are PCI-e 3.0 x16 sockets with all 16 lanes, however it is almost always advised to use the top slot.
Can you please explain why it is advised to use the top slot?

Also, I shouldn't have used x3 to represent 3.0, my fault, but thanks for weeding through that and understanding what I meant.
 
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