PCIe 3 support (intel 3770k)?

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so... i was doing some research and i came across something i dont quite understand... it says the intel 3770k supports pcie gen 3 but what does it mean? Will it run games or editing faster? can someone please explain it to me?
 

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Don't hate me for this but you should check out wikipedia: http://goo.gl/7gFn

Or if you're like me and you need a simple understanding before you attempt to read the professional technical stuff, then check this link out: http://goo.gl/BwjVN

I apologize for sending you links, not everyone likes to be thrown links but threads such as this can be frustrating to explain.
 
PCI-E 3.0 is the same as the other generations of PCI-E, the only difference is the bandwidth it can provide (correct me if I'm wrong). For example, PCI-E 2.0 16x is equivalent to PCI-E 3.0 8x.

It won't necessarily run games or edit videos faster (PCI-E 3.0 alone, I mean), but when you run into Multi-GPU configurations, such as SLI or Crossfire, that's when you'll start to see a gap in performance. If you're only running 1 graphics card, there isn't too much benefit.