WIFI 6E is an upgrade solely focused on solving the slowdowns caused by increasing numbers of WIFI users. Many high-end modern motherboards come with this feature built-in, but if your motherboard is from older generations, you’re going to need a WIFI 6E adapter to make your PC able to catch WIFI 6E signals from your router.
The best way to do that is by using a PCIe-type adapter. PCIe adapters for WIFI 6E use a PCIe x1 slot on your motherboard. So, you’re good to go if you have one PCIe slot available on your motherboard.
Although this company is not so famous as some other manufacturers on the list, you don’t need to fret because of this factor. You will be surprised to experience its sheer power. It’s going to be every gamer’s favorite one.
This card is equipped with all the fruits of WIFI 6E, like an additional band with 6Ghz of frequency, Intel’s AX210 adapter, improved bandwidth, more channels, and even less latency.
The card has two Antennas connected directly to it (not extended with a wire) which is a downside because we won’t be able to adjust the antenna position to gain a bit extra performance. But those two antennas operate at an enormous 5400Mbps of total data rate.
Aside from that, Ubit decided to make this thing a total package by baking in the latest and greatest Bluetooth 5.2. But for that to work, you’re going to need to plug the card’s USB wire into a USB header on your motherboard. But once slotted in, this card has vast OS support.
All this power accounts for more heat, so Ubit went ahead and used a better heatsink to maximize heat dissipation. This effort ensures no performance loss under heavy loads, especially when you’re streaming Valorant at 4K.
The driver support on the provided disc is outdated, and you’re going to have to manually find and download them from Intel’s Website, which can bother some people.
The Ubit WIFI 6E card is a go-to choice for gamers who want reliability, small size, and all the glory of WIFI 6E. If you’re not bothered by the lack of Antenna wire extension, this product is probably your best bet.
- Impressive Heat dissipation
- Monstrous 5400Mbps speed
- Compact Design
- Great OS support
- Lack of Antenna Extension can cause a few limitations.
- Necessary to plug in the USB wire to a header for working.
Gigabyte is a brand known for its massive diversity in peripherals, motherboards, expansion cards, and even its dedicated line-up of gaming laptops. This brand has been around for decades and has proved itself repeatedly with its quality products.
They did the same with their WIFI 6E card. This card is equipped with all the power you’ll need. With a robust design, durability, exceptional power, and not to be forgotten – heat management. Don’t let the design become the deal-breaker because you might think the thermals would be mediocre because of the stylish look. Think again, guys; Gigabyte has done a fantastic job of thermal management while keeping the card aesthetically remarkable. The card will remain stable and would easily hold its own even in challenging situations like gaming and streaming at the same time.
On top of that, the card is enabled with a glorious Bluetooth 5.2. Now that we’ve mentioned it, the Bluetooth power of this specific card is the best performing of any other pick on the list.
The Antenna is a tri-band extended with wire, although only one. Meaning you can adjust its position to meet your desires. The Antenna operates at 2400Mbps of speed which is fine for most people but not the best available. A magnetic base and the ability to tilt at several angles provide convenient adjustments.
Equipped with all the features you need, the Gigabyte WIFI 6E PCIe Card will allow you to perform intense networking tasks without overheating quickly. The robust design and the Antenna integration would surely impress you despite being single.
- Best in class design
- Nice heat dissipation despite having a beefy heatsink.
- Lots of Antenna adjustment options
- Bluetooth optimization might be better than others
- Only a single Antenna
- Not compatible with Linux
With all the good things of WIFI 6E baked in, the Fenvi WIFI 6E PCIe Card can also be a good option. This card is uniquely designed in terms of aesthetics and has an overkill rectangular cover over the whole PCB. Yes, you won’t be able to see the inside of the card like you are used to. But you can take apart the cover because it’s not a part of the heatsink. The heatsink is decent and works just fine to keep the card nice and cool.
The device is intended towards those with the sole concern of looks. Because aside from the nice-looking cover, the card also comes with pre-built RGB lighting. It can’t get any better for RGB lovers, can it?
This card, like all others on the list, also has Bluetooth 5.2 and three frequency bands of 2.4/5/6 GHz. It has dual Antennas extended through a wire, which is nice because it gives you both double Antenna advantage and adjustability. But you have to bear in mind that the card is bulky due to its rectangular cover. This Adapter will take up a lot more space.
For those people who prioritize looks, this is the best pick on the list. The rectangular cover and RGB lighting deliver fabulous looks while bringing all the power of WIFI 6E that you would expect. The only thing to worry about is its bulky design.
- Super-sleek design
- Sturdy build quality
- RGB – lighting
- Bulky and large
- Bluetooth can get stuck sometimes
Rounding up another one from Fenvi is the AXE3000 Pro. As the name suggests, this one does deliver pro performance. Unlike the previous one, this doesn’t have a fancy cover. Instead, it sacrifices aesthetics for an even beefier heatsink to ensure the highest heat dissipation.
The card is of compact design, meaning it wouldn’t take so much space on the system. The best thing for this card is a trick that will make this deliver similar speeds as a wired connection. Just disable Dynamic QoS on your router, and you’re done. Go on and do an Ookla speed test. You’ll notice impressive jumps in performance with this specific card. We don’t know about others, but this is the case for us.
This card also has BT 5.2, so you can comfortably hook up your headphones, mouse, keyboards and create a seamless and neat wireless setup. The most admirable thing about this card would be its small form.
The second option from Fenvi in our list offers a compact design and seamless look. The small size doesn’t mean that it will underperform. This specific card can rival the speed of a wired connection with a few tweaks to your setup. To keep the heat in check, Fenvi hooked up an overkill heatsink.
- A few tweaks can bump up speeds
- Perfectly suitable heatsink
- Small form factor
- Only works on Windows 10 64-bit
- Cannot work in PCIe x 16 slot
Yet another brand most people haven’t heard of. ZYT (Ziyituod) isn’t so famous for any other hardware category but don’t scroll down just right now. We tested this WIFI 6E card, and by no means is it less than its competition.
The card promises performance and lives up to it. All the WIFI 6E features are packed with this card with a monstrous 5400 Mbps of speed. Besides that, all the typical stuff you would find on any other WIFI 6E card is right here.
Along with an appropriate cooling solution, a red color heatsink covers the whole PCB and provides adequate heat dissipation even under heavy loads.
Although not extended with wire, the card does have dual antennas direct on the card. But there were supposed to be some caveats given the low recognition of the brand.
ZYT WIFI 6E delivers optimal performance with 5400Mbps of speed and perfectly suitable cooling while keeping a compact design. However, ZYT can upgrade the build quality. It is sure a pick for you if you’re thinking of saving a dollar or two.
- Little Cheaper than the competition
- 5400Mbps at this price is awesome
- Heat dissipation is right on point
- Build quality can be improved
- Antennas don’t tilt so much
Just like its model 5400M suggests, the card has 5400Mbps of operating frequency which is the highest possible for WIFI 6E at the current time. With that, the card also has a super small size. Implying that you can throw it in, and you won’t even notice that it’s even there when you’re finished. But this compact size can be a slight downside because the thermal performance isn’t that great. I mean, it’s okay under mediocre usage, but it can become hot under heavy workloads.
But don’t be afraid; the card won’t go thermal throttling.
So, it can prove to be an excellent choice for those who want a super small one. Oh! And the Antenna is directly on the card, yet another downside.
The EDUP WIFI 6E card is a fantastic choice for those seeking compactness and satisfying performance. You might feel it a little hotter because of so much power in a congested form.
- Tiny size
- No driver issues
- Can get a little hot
- The antenna is not extended
If the EDUP WIFI Card wasn’t small enough for you, then this one might satisfy you. Behold the smallest WIFI 6E PCIe card on the market. NICGIGA made this the most compact device out there. Go on and insert it in your system, and voila, it will almost become invisible.
The card also has 5400Mbps of speed, Bluetooth 5.2, and a dual antenna band. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, meaning you’re not going to feel disgusted to look at it.
The only big downside is that this card can get thermal throttled in intensive networking tasks. That’s obvious, given the minimal design can make the heat dissipation process quite hard.
To add insult to injury for this card, only Windows 10 64-bit is supported, which is really embarrassing.
NICGIGA WIFI 6E card is the ultimate choice for those searching for the smallest and most fantastic looking WIFI adapter. But watch for the overheating issue caused by the small size.
- Black color absolutely looks gorgeous
- The smallest size on the market
- Can thermally throttle
- Only Windows 10 is supported
Although I am confident, you’ve never heard of this brand. But you would be as equally surprised as me once you experience this. The design and looks may seem precisely like the NICGIGA one, but it isn’t nearly as small as that one.
It has a typical size like other normal-sized cards you’ve seen in this list while having nearly the same look as the NICGIGA card. But because it isn’t tiny, its cooling capacity is optimized right on point.
The package also comes with a low-profile bracket, so it’s up to you how you want it installed. Aside from that, the card also has a metal backplate giving you a premium look. The provided driver’s disk doesn’t work in every case. Many people report this problem. Anyone who feels this inconvenient might not buy it. But we don’t think it a much of a problem. You can still go on Intel’s website and install them yourself.
Except for these drawbacks, you can expect an optimal level of performance from this device.
The XIAOLO WIFI card is a good choice for those who admire looks. It has all the features you’ll want in a WIFI 6E card and a metal backplate for a premium feel. The only thing inconvenient here can be the manual download of drivers.
- Offers best in class aesthetics
- Metal backplate in this price is superb
- Right on point cooling
- The included disk doesn’t work in most cases
Choosing the Best WIFI 6E PCIe Adapter- Buying Guide
While you can pick one up from our list, just in case you want to go and look for yourself, this buying guide can help you a lot. This guide will allow you to compare different aspects of the devices to choose the best one for you.
The type of Antenna differs in every brand’s build preference or budget. Usually, there are two types of Antennas;
- Extended (through a wire)
- Direct on Card
These two types are different from each other in terms of adjustability.
The card with an extended Antenna can be adjusted as necessary to catch signals from your router. They use a wire coming out of the card and connecting to the Antenna. This wire length allows you to move or tilt them at different angles to meet your environment. They also come with a magnetic base to conveniently place them wherever needed. This type of Antenna tends to be on the high-end WIFI cards and can add some dollars in price.
Some manufacturers prefer to hook up the antennas directly on the card. You can’t change their position this way, but you have the option to tilt them to some extent. But some manufacturers out there give you the option to buy the wire extension separately and then use it to extend the antennas. This approach certainly adds a few bucks.
No. of Antennas
Now that we’ve discussed how the antenna type is essential, let’s discuss how the number of Antennas plays a role.
You need to pay attention now; data as we know it travels in bands and streams. These antennas in your WIFI cards receive those data streams. The more streams received by the Adapter simultaneously can increase bandwidth and eliminate signal fading. It’s always better to have multiple antennas, especially on WIFI 6 and 6E, because they have signal bands over 5 to 6 GHz, which can quickly saturate your single Antenna.
So, whenever you buy a WIFI 6E card, you should prefer two antennas. A single antenna isn’t bad and will perform optimally. However, it’s always best to have two for maximum bandwidth and low latencies.
One of the most if not the most critical factors. Because you never want your card to thermal throttle on you, would you?
With WIFI 6E offering so much power and features, the heat has got to be more than previous generations, right? Because more power = more heat.
So, you want a good enough thermal management system with your WIFI 6E card to make sure it remains stable even under heavy tasks. Whether you’re playing some Cyberpunk 2077 or doing a 4k stream at twitch, the thermals should stay in check.
So, it’s crucial to check about the heatsink of the WIFI card to make sure it holds its own under some pretty hard times. The larger and beefier the heatsink, the more relaxed your WIFI adapter will remain.
Max Data Rate
The data rate is the speed at which the card receives data from your router onto its antennas. This speed is a sum of all the individual transfer speeds of different bands.
In the case of WIFI 6E, there are three bands of different bandwidths — 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, and 6Ghz.
The 5 and 6 GHz bands carry the same date rate while the 2.4 GHz one has lesser.
The maximum data rate you can get from WIFI 6E is 5400Mbps. Both 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands operate at 2400Mbps, while the 2.4 GHz operates at 574 — 600, totaling 5400Mbps of Max data rate.
The data rate depends on the manufacturer and how they build the WIFI card. Some prefer to go with 2400Mbps or 3000Mbps, while others settle on a maximum of 5400Mbps.
Usually, the higher the Data Rate, the more the performance. But it isn’t much of a difference given the average user won’t be even going up to 3000Mbps.
Of course, we can’t ignore this. I mean, sure, WIFI 6E is astounding. It comes with Bluetooth 5.2; it comes with a 6 GHz band and everything you need. Throughout the article, you read this, but the actual build quality and engineering the manufacturer put into their product are also necessary.
We have to check what material the heatsink is, and we have to check whether they are using a backplate or not.
WIFI 5 vs WIFI 6 vs WIFI 6E
These are the three recent generations of WIFI Alliance. With the number suggesting the order, WIFI 5 is the oldest of three and 6E being the latest and the greatest.
To keep it simple, WIFI 6 builds over the WIFI 5 while increasing the overall throughput and introducing a new feature known as OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access). This feature allows more devices to be connected to your WIFI simultaneously and very efficiently.
The frequency bands we discussed briefly before are made up of streams. These streams are a medium for our data to travel. In other words, these streams are data highways. The larger the highway, the more traffic can pass at a time easily.
WIFI 5 was limited to 8 streams, but WIFI 6 bumped that up to 12 streams, allowing more devices to easily communicate with the router and system without mixing up signals from different devices. So clearly, WIFI 6 delivered a KO to WIFI 5 in speeds, latencies, and bandwidths.
But just after one year, “WIFI 6E”, the extended version of WIFI 6, joined the play. But it didn’t come alone; it brought a new 6 GHz band with it, which means more data streams. This advent opened the doors to a seven-lane superhighway for data to travel. Aside from that, the most significant advantage of WIFI 6E over 6 is that the devices operating at the 6 GHz band don’t share spectrum with other devices such as radios, radar devices, etc. So, you’ll be able to take full advantage of
160 MHz channels on WIFI 6E.
Maintaining the features of WIFI 6 and enhancing them even further in WIFI 6E resulted in even fewer latencies, increased bandwidth, and allowed multiple devices to connect simultaneously.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are WIFI 6E PCIe cards necessary?
Not in all cases. High-end motherboards and some mid-range premium ones come with the latest WIFI technology built-in. But if yours doesn’t, you’ll need an adapter to use it. Check your motherboard specs in detail to find which WIFI it has onboard.
Is WIFI 6E faster than WIFI 6?
WIFI 6E offers an additional 6GHz band which ultimately results in fewer data interruptions and ensures its transfer in less time. This increases the speed and decreases the latency.
Do all WIFI 6E adapters come with Bluetooth 5.2?
All the WIFI 6E adapters are hooked up with an Intel AX210 WIFI 6E chip, Bluetooth 5.2. Yes, all the WIFI 6E PCIe adapters will come with Bluetooth 5.2
Are WIFI 6E PCIe cards backward compatible?
Yes, they are. Even if your router or devices aren’t WIFI 6E capable, your WIFI 6E adapter would still catch signals and work correctly. However, it won’t be able to deliver its intended performance.