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Continuity and Handoff Capable Apple Mini Cards + PCIe and mini-PCIe Adapters

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Hi all, I’m fairly new to all this so apologies if I have any misinformation. I’m also looking to start my first build and am considering the Gigabyte Z390 I Aorus Pro Wifi. I noticed someone has enquired about this board already but were told to go for a PCIe x1 adapter, but to my knowledge there is only one PCIE x16 slot on the board? Someone also said that only Intel CNVi can be used in the WiFi port, so does that then mean the only option to get an Apple WiFi card working on this board is through an m.2 adapter? Is it possible to power it through a SATA port adapter by any chance?
 

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Hi all, I’m fairly new to all this so apologies if I have any misinformation. I’m also looking to start my first build and am considering the Gigabyte Z390 I Aorus Pro Wifi. I noticed someone has enquired about this board already but were told to go for a PCIe x1 adapter, but to my knowledge there is only one PCIE x16 slot on the board? Someone also said that only Intel CNVi can be used in the WiFi port, so does that then mean the only option to get an Apple WiFi card working on this board is through an m.2 adapter? Is it possible to power it through a SATA port adapter by any chance?

As far as I know, all the Gigabyte Z390 motherboard that have CNVi slots will ONLY work with Intel CNVi Wi-Fi/Bluetooth cards and those cards do not work with macOS.

Yes, it's possible to connect a macOS compatible Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card in to one of the M.2 slots meant for NVMe SSDs. Power will have to be provided from the power supply. SATA ports do not carry power.
 
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Ahh okay, thank you for clarifying. So m.2 is really the only option for this board?
 

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Hi all, I’m fairly new to all this so apologies if I have any misinformation. I’m also looking to start my first build and am considering the Gigabyte Z390 I Aorus Pro Wifi. I noticed someone has enquired about this board already but were told to go for a PCIe x1 adapter, but to my knowledge there is only one PCIE x16 slot on the board? Someone also said that only Intel CNVi can be used in the WiFi port, so does that then mean the only option to get an Apple WiFi card working on this board is through an m.2 adapter? Is it possible to power it through a SATA port adapter by any chance?
It looks like 3 pci 1 and 3 pci 16 type slots.

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Follow up - both my m.2 slots are M rather than A/E. Will this matter?

M.2 slots meant for SSDs are M keyed. Just get the correct adaptor.
 

pastrychef

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Great, thank you for your help!

This will convert the M key to A/E key.



Then, if you want to use an Apple made Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card, you will need another adaptor...
 
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