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Wi-Fi adapter shootout: Qualcomm versus Intel in an 802.11 battle

At a Glance

The Killer Wireless-N 1202 is a worthwhile upgrade for gamers and others who require low-latency wireless network connectivity.

Price when rated: $35

Pros

  • Very low latency and jitter
  • Very fast TCP throughput at long range
  • Handy collection of utilities

Cons

  • Not compatible with newer, faster 802.11ac standard
  • Supports only two spatial streams
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Where to buy

At a Glance

Intel makes a high-quality wireless adapter, but if you require low latency, Qualcomm's Killer NIC line of Wi-Fi adapters are the better bet.

Price when rated: $30
Lowest price: $19.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Very fast TCP throughput at close range

Cons

  • Much higher latency and jitter than the Killer Wireless-N 1202
  • Supports only two spatial streams
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