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Pci-e x16 va pci-e x8

I'm about to order an asus xonar essence stx, but I just checked my case before placing the order and notice the the pci-e slot is behind my gtx 460, so it seems like I would have to move it to a pci-e x8 slot to fit the new sound card. Would there be a noticeable drop in performance in the x8 slot? Or did I overlook something, and I would be ok placing a pci-e x1 card into a larger slot?
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    If your sound card is PCI-E X1, then you can use it in any size PCI-E slot. I've done it and havent had any issues. You wouldnt have to move your card.
  2. Best answer selected by meeklo062704.
  3. Deemo13 said:
    If your sound card is PCI-E X1, then you can use it in any size PCI-E slot. I've done it and havent had any issues. You wouldnt have to move your card.


    Figured, but when in doubt, check tomshardware. I can finally properly amp my new Sennheiser HD650's. Thank you sir.
  4. No problem. Hope it sounds good!
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