Monday, November 18th 2019

ASUS Intros AX3000 Dual Band PCIe WiFi 6 Card

For those wanting 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 on their desktops without an M.2 E-key slot on their motherboards, ASUS came up with the PCE-AX3000, a low-profile capable (half-height) NIC that provides up to 3000 Mbps (2.4 Gbps over 5 GHz and 600 Mbps over 2.4 GHz) wireless connectivity, and the added convenience of Bluetooth 5.0 for short-range communications. A set of MU-MIMO antennae come included. Besides MU-MIMO, the card supports OFDMA for better collision-prevention with other devices in the same channel, and WPA3 security protocol. The NIC is essentially a PCI-Express 3.0 x1 add-on card with an M.2 E-key slot that holds an Intel AX200 "Cyclone Peak" WLAN card. We expect the AX3000 to be priced well under $50 given that the "Cyclone Peak" card at the heart of it costs just $10-17 in volume pricing.
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9 Comments on ASUS Intros AX3000 Dual Band PCIe WiFi 6 Card

Isn't it the Asus PCE-AX58BT (AX3000) that is $69.99 in US and €89 in EU ??
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Isn't it the Asus PCE-AX58BT (AX3000) that is $69.99 in US and €89 in EU ??
I guess this is a "motherboard accessory" whereas the one you're referring to is from the networking team...
This is what happens when you have too many departments in a company...
They're even based on the same hardware (Intel), so the only difference would be one comes with a heatsink that it most likely doesn't need and a desktop antenna, whereas the other should be cheaper?
Edit: It's the same card, just without the heatsink, as this is the PCE-AX58BT without the heatsink.

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This would be better served by a tethered antenna. Sticking antennas to the back of your case is really a bad idea if you have any USB3 cables running alongside them, these tend to generate a lot of interference and seriously degrade WiFi signal.
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I bought a generic AX200 PCIe card from a Chinese Ebay seller (with a local warehouse) and a set of generic antennae, for 25€ total and it works fine. The 80€ Asus thing does not hold my interest. :D
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Had to grab the Asus PCE-AC55BT Bluetooth WiFi card back in 2017, since Asus (in their infinite wisdom) decided 5G Ethernet was a feature more useful for a 2-dimm slot LN2 overclocking motherboard than WiFi or Bluetooth and I needed to run a Logitech MX Master 2S wireless mouse, lol. Wait, LN2 plus wireless mouse? Such a paradoxical implementation. :laugh:

Yep, Maximus X Apex - NO Bluetooth NO Wifi. What were they thinking? :p

Mine arrived blue, the newer black PCB looks much better. Super easy installation, no need for the USB extra cable connection from card to mobo for BT functionality, recognized by Win 10 immediately, no issues, fantastic range, quite powerful - should have been on-board the MXA in the first place. :)

The PCE-AX58BT sku with the black PCB and heatsink is a much nicer aesthetic overall. Not certain a heatsink is truly necessary but it looks cool. :clap:

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Well the Asus PCE-AC88 I bought and later returned was absolutely terrible, so I won't be considering their AX3000.
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I built one of these for $51.87 Canadian back in August. I fully expect the Asus tax to be applied to these.
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It's funny how the major brands are so slow to bring AX products to market you can find easily find all the parts you need directly from manufacturers at a fraction of what brand prices are coming out at.
Be aware all intel latest wi-fi cards for the last few years do not work on windows 7.

Also if I was going for the latest wi-fi card, I would buy just the wi-fi module only & slot it into one of GIGABYTE older PCB which has an advantage of USB out which is used here for all backup, internal inside the computer.
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