If i only populate the Gigabyte Z77D3H pci-e x16 (long blue port) slot with a Sapphire 7850 2GB graphics card then the port would run at x16.
With the 7850 graphics card installed, What would happen if either pci-e x1_1 , pci-e x1_2 or pci-e x1_3 (Short white ports) were populated with a SSD pci-e drive. Would the pci-e x16 port where the 7850 graphics cards installed in, slow down to x8?
If so, does this mean the 7850 graphics card would be restricted in terms of higher end performance
I have an Asrock Z77, and what it does is that it changes both to x8 when you add a second card. I wouldn't think it would be much different than that. PCIe 1x slot won't impact the 16x slots at all. Happy Gaming