These guys are wrong on that particular board, because that particular slot is an x4 slot. x1's are even shorter.
x4's will likely be used for 8-port and greater SATA cards, SCSI cards, and multi-port gigabit ethernet cards. The problem is, many card makers think x8 will be the more common standard, hence you see a lot of x8 cards where x4 would serve the purpose over a wider market.
x1's will be used for most of what standard PCI slots are being used for now. TV tuner cards, network cards, 2-4 port SATA cards, etc.
x1's work in x4 slots, x1 and x4 work in x8 slots, so it makes sense for Asus to put an x4 slot there since it also supports x1 devices.