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Second notch on NIC's PCI connector and opinions on a NIC

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May 28, 2011 8:26:32 PM

While trying to find the cheapest, reasonably reliable wireless adapter (dongle or card) for connecting a new build to my family's home network, I ran across this: Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna. I have three questions: First, am I correct in assuming that the "PCI Interface 2.2" it lists is standard for most modern PCI slots (like the ones on the GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard I'm considering), which seem to be described only as "PCI slots" even on the manufacturer's specs pages? Second, what is the purpose of the second notch on the front of the connector? It kinda looks like it's placed to allow the card to fit in a PCI-e slot. Lastly, any opinions on the card itself? I'm just looking for something cheap and functional, it doesn't need a higher speed than 54mbps, and that's the first decent-looking one I've seen for $10. The corded antenna won't be a problem to situate.

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May 28, 2011 9:06:43 PM

The 2 white pci slots at the south end of your board would work fine with this card, even if you were running an SLI setup.

Check out this PCI video card:

Has the notch as well. It's characteristic of the 32-bit universal 3.3V or 5V PCI keying. Won't work in a PCI-e slot. Check out the various keying for PCI (not PCI-E)slots on wikipedia:

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My opinion on whether your should use it or not, I say why the heck not take advantage of those standard PCI slots? You probably won't find any other reason to use those PCI slots and they are completely sufficient for the purpose. There are reviews on newegg where people say it works fine in Win 7 64. Get the card. $10 plus free shipping.
May 29, 2011 5:17:31 AM

Best answer selected by Cortillaen.
February 3, 2012 6:33:31 PM

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