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GIGABYTE Releases Wi-Fi 7 PCIe Add-In Card For Those Needing A Drop-In Upgrade

by Low Boon ShenDecember 13, 2023
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GIGABYTE Releases Wi-Fi 7 PCIe Add-In Card For Those Needing A Drop-In Upgrade

GIGABYTE Releases Wi-Fi 7 PCIe Add-In Card For Those Needing A Drop-In Upgrade

The latest motherboard releases accompanied by Intel’s 14th Gen CPU launch mostly have the same common upgrade: Wi-Fi 7. But what if you just bought a relatively recent system and do not intend to upgrade the entire motherboard, but still want that sweet, sweet internet speed? GIGABYTE has just the solution.

This GC-WIFI7 PCIe add-in card is more or less the same as the preceding GC-WBAX210 (Wi-Fi 6E) in terms of looks, as both share the same shroud that presumably also acts as a heatsink. With the new model, you’re getting Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3 standards through the PCIe x1 slot, with peak throughput rated at 5.8Gbps. It also supports 320MHz wide bandwidth, and 4096-QAM as per the standard.

Connecting the module to the access point is the new monolith-shaped 2Tx2R antenna which supports both directional and omnidirectional signals. Here’s the full list of specs as provided on GIGABYTE’s product page:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi 7 module
  • Supports high-speed wireless connections of up to 5800Mbps
  • Offers up to 320MHz bandwidth support across the 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands
  • MLO (Multi-Link Operation) enables simultaneous connections on two bands
  • MRU (Multiple RU) enhances interference mitigation and OFDMA efficiency
  • 4K-QAM allows for higher transmission rates, resulting in increased efficiency
  • Bluetooth 5.3 Compatible
  • Supports MU-MIMO TX/RX
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be standards
  • Equipped with an ultra-high gain 2Tx2R antenna, supporting both directional and omnidirectional signals
  • PCIe x1 Interface Card

According to Wccftech, the GC-WIFI7 is costing around HKD 600 (~RM360), and it looks like the product is currently released in a very limited number of markets at this writing.

Pokdepinion: Who’s ready to jump on the Wi-Fi 7? 

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