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Ask the Experts Question: Which m.2 Key E slot Wi-Fi card should on my new system?

Which m.2 Key E slot Wi-Fi card should on my new system?

Kevin wants to know which m.2 Key E slot Wi-Fi card he should buy for his new system

Question by Kevin from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath in Networking from Nov 12, 2019 @ 23:44 CST

I recently purchased an ASRock X570M Pro4 which has a m.2 Key E slot for adding Wi-Fi.

What cards are compatible and is an external antenna needed?

Hi Kevin,

We can help with this! The current market has plenty of options for your Key E slot. To start, you can look at last gen Wi-Fi 5 solutions like the Intel 9260 2x2 which will give you Bluetooth 5.0 as well. Another option is the Killer 1535 or 1550 if you can take advantage of 160MHz.

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If you plan on updating your router in the next year or so, I'd recommend you pay the extra $10 USD and pickup the Intel AX200 or Killer AX1650 if this motherboard will be used for gaming.

As for the antenna, while you will get decent signal within a few feet without, I would say it's worth it if you can find something you like. I'm honestly surprised your motherboard doesn't come with one.

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