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PCIe or M.2 WiFi

Linventor
  • 3 months ago

So, I'm going with this MOBO, and am finishing up my part choices. One primary problem remains: PCIe WiFi adapter, or M.2? The board has an E key, so it can use an M.2 card, but... 1. Do I need something like these for it to function properly? 2. Would this compare decently to a budget PCIe AC adapter?

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Go PCIe. Those m.2 chips are really for laptops... How good will it be? No clue from what I can read on the sale pages it doesn't say much for specs... Doesn't seem to say if it actually requires the external antennas but I would guess no since other laptops don't have it, but not sure how much range you would get without them. In any case, it won't compare to the performance / range / etc. of a PCIe card. Plus, your board only has one m.2 slot. If you are installing in a desktop, I wouldn't use that up with a wifi card and instead save it for a SSD drive later.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Go PCIe. Those m.2 chips are really for laptops...

Lots of PCIE WiFi cards just have the little "mini" card found in laptops mounted to a PCIE PCB adapter board.

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