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apologies in advance if this is the wrong section for this.

i was shopping for a wireless card for my desktop pc. and i was wondering, is there an advantage in using such a card with a pci express interface, over the pci slot (since express is faster)?

google isnt pulling up much to that effect, so choice of slot/interface shouldnt be much of factor for a purchasing decision, right?

here are 2 cards i was looking into.

link 1

link 2

oh, on a side note, if you have any recommendations for a desktop wifi card i'm all ears!

thanks.
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To be honest, I have a PCI Wireless card, and it's pretty fast. I don't know if there is much of a difference. I don't notice any.
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To be honest, I have a PCI Wireless card, and it's pretty fast. I don't know if there is much of a difference. I don't notice any.
hmm, thanks. so maybe the only thing i need to be concerned with is which slot i am using up? is there any reason i might want to 'save' one port of the other, for future expansion? i looked at the wiki for PCI slots but i just got confused.

thanks for the help btw, +repped.
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hmm, thanks. so maybe the only thing i need to be concerned with is which slot i am using up? is there any reason i might want to 'save' one port of the other, for future expansion? i looked at the wiki for PCI slots but i just got confused.

thanks for the help btw, +repped.
I wouldn't worry about the speed of the slot considering how slow wireless speeds are. As far as what else you might use the pci-e slot for, I noticed all the USB 3.0 cards use pcie should you ever need more than the 2 ports on your mobo. Some sound cards use pcie too.
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A PCI slot provides up to 133MB/s, while a PCI-e 1x slot provides 533MB/s. That card runs up to 300Mbps (or 37MB/s). If your router is nearby, a USB adapter would suffice (USB 2.0 provides up to a theoretical 60MB/s) as it will still run at full speed and not take up any PCI/PCI-e slots.
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