That is all I can say to you festerovic. You failed to do anything but take the words of TH out of context.
Please read the entire following passage from the NEXT PAGE OF THE ARTICLE that you linked to.
"Tom’s Hardware readers often rely on each other to provide the best technical advice, and the advisor offering the most technically-detailed description often gets the nod (hey, if it sounds fancy, it's more likely to be right, right?). Unfortunately, we often see well-meaning enthusiasts leading less-experienced readers astray. Case in point: we have one pervasive poster who offers exceptionally-detailed explanations of why Nvidia graphics cards need no more than four lanes of PCIe 2.0 bandwidth, citing something about internal PCIe to PCI-X conversion. We've also seen presumed experts tell curious gamers that AMD relies so heavily on its CrossFire bridge that a four-lane slot is ideal for hosting a second card. Today’s test results prove both suggestions completely wrong. We’re hoping that today’s article will be the impetus other advice-givers need to chime-in when the community calls for suggestions on how to best configure multi-card configurations."
I know that you mean well but it doesn't help anyone to give incorrect advice.
Yes, you may be able to sqweek by with a x4 PCIe slot now but the performance issues are only going to get worse in the future. And intro9rod I know you were hoping to hear that you could get by with a x4 slot but that is just not the case. You will be making 2 bad choices, one to crossfire 7770 cards and 2 to use a x4 PCIe slot to do it.