M.2 wifi card supported on Gigabyte Z390M motherboard?

Alphas

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2004
Messages
30,791
Reaction score
825
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33042653418.html


This WIFI card uses a M.2 slot and the motherboard has a PCIe and SATA M.2 slot. Will the motherboard support this WIFI card?



As far as I know this Z390 chipset does not have CNVio2, so it should work?
 
Last edited:

shadow84

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
33,230
Reaction score
72
Wifi card on desktop mobo uses a different type of m.2 slot, not the same as nvme/sata m.2 slot. U can conpare with those mobo that have built in wifi for reference. If not, buy those wifi card with pcie3.0x1 adaptor.
 

Alphas

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2004
Messages
30,791
Reaction score
825
That’s the question, I will prefer wifi card on M.2 and free up the PCIe slot.
 

shadow84

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
33,230
Reaction score
72
Check your mobo manual, it will state what can be slotted into the m.2 slot.
 

Alphas

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2004
Messages
30,791
Reaction score
825
I read the manual, never state got E key. It state M.2 a lot for sata and PCIe SSD.
 

shadow84

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
33,230
Reaction score
72
I read the manual, never state got E key. It state M.2 a lot for sata and PCIe SSD.

Nvr state means dun have lor. You can actually look at ur io shield. If got 2 cutouts for antenna, means can put. But usually mobo will come with wifi card le. If dun have, they wun design 1 to allow u to add on, kinda defeats the purpose of having high end models with wifi in 1st place.
 

AMAT

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2001
Messages
1,068
Reaction score
39
Intel® CNVi interface 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band (M.2 Socket 1, type 2230)

Maybe can work ?

https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-gc-ci22m-a/p/14U-00GP-00001

edit :
my bad, may not work as some functions are moved to the cpu/chipset.

https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/cnvi

either 9260 or 9560
https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/intel-9260-module-with-gigabyte-mobo.3322150/

CNVI slot is only for CNVi wireless modules indeed, and will not work with any other cards. You'll need 9560 if you want to utilise that slot.

Anandtech mentioned ax200 is cnvi card, so can work

https://www.anandtech.com/show/14169/intel-launches-wifi-6-ax200-wireless-network-adapter
 
Last edited:

Alphas

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2004
Messages
30,791
Reaction score
825
Nvr state means dun have lor. You can actually look at ur io shield. If got 2 cutouts for antenna, means can put. But usually mobo will come with wifi card le. If dun have, they wun design 1 to allow u to add on, kinda defeats the purpose of having high end models with wifi in 1st place.


Surprisingly, the Gigabyte Z390M has cutout for wifi SMA connectors, however it does not have built in wifi. Thats why I find it strange, and there are no Z390M with wifi.
IO-shield.jpg





The thing is the the MB M.2 slot is a M-Key, so it can support NVMe and SATA. There is no dedicated slot for M.2 Key E wifi .
 
Last edited:

shadow84

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
33,230
Reaction score
72
Most likely means one of the higher end model has the same io layout as your mobo but with wifi option. At least can save on fabrication process.
 

shadow84

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
33,230
Reaction score
72
Then too bad liao, u can only get pcie adaptors for wifi.
 

AMAT

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 5, 2001
Messages
1,068
Reaction score
39
The thing is the the MB M.2 slot is a M-Key, so it can support NVMe and SATA. There is no dedicated slot for M.2 Key E wifi .

? :s22:

CNVi is M.2 key E for intel wifi, while the other two M.2 slots are for NVME/sata SSD

You need to read the specs more carefully (or what is your motherboard model/rev ?)

https://www.gigabyte.com/sg/Motherboard/Z390-M-GAMING-rev-10/sp#sp

1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for an Intel® CNVi (CNVI)

1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q)
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P)
 

Alphas

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2004
Messages
30,791
Reaction score
825
After some research, there is a method of using M.2 (A+E key) on PCIe based M.2 slot (M Key) with an adapter. The adapter combines PCIe and USB interface and allow M key M.2 slot to support a A+E key wifi/bluetooth card.



Someone got this adapter for M.2 Key A+E wifi to work even on Mac.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...e-with-m-2-ngff-slot-on-a-motherboard.258662/

According to Intel spec on AX200NGW, it is based on PCIe and USB interface, so this adapter could work for this wifi card.

However, AX201NGW is based on CNVi proprietary interface and the pins are not the same, so adapter will not work this wifi card.

So why get intel wifi AX200? Cause it supports the latest 802.11AX standards, thus higher bandwidth. Will be good for info to be used if you decide to convert your M.2 slot to use a wifi card! :s12:=:p
 
Last edited:

Alphas

High Supremacy Member
Joined
Oct 6, 2004
Messages
30,791
Reaction score
825
Just found out Gigabyte Z390M gaming has CNVi slot built in motherboard, however it was not documented anywhere, not even in the user manual.

The CNVi slot is on the MB, looks like I can directly insert AX201NGW on it!
 

froztheart

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2012
Messages
1,294
Reaction score
0
Sorry for digging up thread but after reading don't quite get it.

I've got an Intel AX200NGW, and I'm using MSI Z390A-PRO.

Am trying to get this Wifi Card to work and I suppose I should plug into the CNVI slot, is that right?

As the M2 slot is use for my Adata SSD.

But it doesn't seem to detect in my "Device Manager".
Any kind soul able to clarify? :s11:

TIA.
 

naked123

Supremacy Member
Joined
Feb 16, 2010
Messages
5,354
Reaction score
24
Sorry for digging up thread but after reading don't quite get it.

I've got an Intel AX200NGW, and I'm using MSI Z390A-PRO.

Am trying to get this Wifi Card to work and I suppose I should plug into the CNVI slot, is that right?

As the M2 slot is use for my Adata SSD.

But it doesn't seem to detect in my "Device Manager".
Any kind soul able to clarify? :s11:

TIA.

you need AX201NGW. your m.2 key e slot can only accept intel cnvi wifi card
 

froztheart

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2012
Messages
1,294
Reaction score
0
you need AX201NGW. your m.2 key e slot can only accept intel cnvi wifi card
It says its an M slot in the motherboard manual though, but its written CNVI_1 on the board.
https://download.msi.com/archive/mnu_exe/mb/E7B98v1.2.pdf

And the slot mentioned in the manual (pg 27) is for the NVMe SSD slot, the CNVI slot is just below the GPU slot at the bottom of the motherboard.


So I'll get the AX201NGW, or do I have to get an adapter for M to A+E slot like what's mentioned above by Alphas
 
Important Forum Advisory Note
This forum is moderated by volunteer moderators who will react only to members' feedback on posts. Moderators are not employees or representatives of HWZ. Forum members and moderators are responsible for their own posts.

Please refer to our Terms of Service for more information.
Top