Why are contacts missing on this M.2 module?

b_oneil

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I want to replace a preinstalled Qualcomm Atheros WiFi/Bluetooth M.2 2230 card on my motherboard (ASUS Maximus VIII Impact) with another that has better driver support. This is what the card I want to replace looks like.

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As you can see, its edge connector has all of its contacts (the copper/gold metal strips at the end). I want to swap this card with an Intel 8265 M.2 2230 card that looks like this.

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But this card seems to be missing contacts. Why does this card have fewer contacts than the preinstalled card and will this cause problems when I swap out the old one for the new one?
 

Kaos_Drem

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Shouldn't cause any issues honestly, the missing contacts could just be grounds or general no-connects to begin with.
 

b_oneil

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Shouldn't cause any issues honestly, the missing contacts could just be grounds or general no-connects to begin with.

Yeah, that's what others think it might be.

OP got his answers elsewhere.

Thanks for the notice. I didn't see an option to close this thread, otherwise I would have saved you the time. Anyways, I'm gonna try swapping the cards to see if it works. The BIOS could have a preprogrammed whitelist of approved NGFF wireless cards. So I'm crossing my fingers.
 
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The contacts are missing because they're not used. The A-key variant of the m.2 spec has provisions for display port signals while the E-key variant drops the display port and adds SDIO, UART and PCM (aka I2S), I'd bet those are the ones missing, especially as this is a dual use card (as it has both the A and E key slots present, any pins that differ between the two slots have to be removed). It's probably not using the USB or the second PCIe lane either.
 
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