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Motherboards with M.2 A/E Slots?

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I want to build a few budget gaming systems for my kids, probably looking at B450 boards with 2600 CPUs. I do need WiFi, but almost all of the boards I see with built-in WiFi are high-end boards that cost a decent amount and include features I don't really care to pay for (no plans to overclock).

 

Is anyone aware of a board that includes an un-populated M.2 2260 A/E key slot that I could use to add my own WiFi card? I know you can buy expansion slot adapters, but I would prefer the cleanness of it being directly on the board. I am a bit surprised that isn't a more common feature. Literally every laptop made in the last 5 years has one or even two of those slots, and the desktop boards with built-in WiFi typically do use the same approach, so why are is it not more common to have the empty slots on non-WiFi boards?

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2 minutes ago, sphbecker said:

I do need WiFi, but almost all of the boards I see with built-in WiFi are high-end boards that cost a decent amount and include features I don't really care to pay for (no plans to overclock).

ASRock B450M/AC

 

only like $85


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Keep in mind with a 2260/2230 wifi card that you'd still need to handle antenna routing, while with integrated wifi the antennas will be installed in the I/O shield. I'd guess that's the main reason you mostly see integrated wifi rather than a slot.

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