Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 vs Killer™ Wireless-AC N1550, which is better?

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  1. Lamim Rashid

    Lamim Rashid Notebook Guru

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    I see a lot of laptops having the choice between these two for wireless, which is better, what's the difference?
     
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    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    If you're over 12 years old, anything with 'killer' in the name is the one that is not better. ;)

    Intel Wireless and Wired solutions are usually the gold standard (for a reason).
     
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    Avoid anything from Killer Networking like the plague!

    Even if you install the driver only INF file, the moment you get online the Windows Store will automatically download their POS Killer Performance Suite for you in the background which is supposed to prioritize bandwidth for certain apps but most of us have super fast internet these days that it doesn't matter! Even if I am downloading a movie in the background and streaming YouTube videos, that will not affect anything! Even if you uninstall the Killer Performance suite from the Windows Store apps, it will leave its services and registry entry remnants behind. That is a pure example of bad programming and shoving crapware into customers' throats when they never asked for it!

    STICK TO INTEL ONLY!
     
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    Lamim Rashid Notebook Guru

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    Was wondering what and if there were any hardware differences. Driver wise.. I have killer lan on my desktop, and have suffered so many memory leaks that had to be resolved by reinstalling their drivers after fully removing them.. The new software suite that needs to be installed from the windows store feels more like a downgrade.. doesn't even start with windows so I don't know what the point of it was, no way I'm opening it every time I want to play a game or something. I would just be installing the driver only inf file.

    Are they the same hardware wise, or what's the difference? I see that there is a intel 9260 as well.
     
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    Intel 9260AC = 100% the same as Killer 1550. It's just a rebadged edition of it with the Killer crapware
     
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    Thanks, made my decision for me. 9560 easily seems to be the best choice.
     
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    The 9260 is a complete WiFi card on its own. The 9560 needs additional circuitry/smarts from the chipset/CPU/OS combo and only works with the latest platforms.

    https://ark.intel.com/compare/86068,99445,99446

    Otherwise, they are identical in their capabilities. (See the 'view now' links in the Product Briefs section).

    Note also that they require Win10x64 too (or the Linux/Google O/S equivalents; i.e. latest), unlike the older 80MHz bandwidth capable, Bluetooth v4.2 AC-8260 WiFi card.
     
  9. Starlight5

    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    I'd suggest getting 9260 rather than 9560. Soon, new 802.11ax cards will become available, and selling 9560 will be much harder than 9260 since it is impossible to use on many machines.
     
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    From the information that's available now I believe the Intel AX200 and Killer 1650 will be the upgrades for the 9260 and 1550 while the AX201 will be the upgrade for the 9560.

    Upgrading your Wireless card may not change the Internet download speed but with an AX wireless card paired with an AX router the transfer speeds of files across devices on your home network should increase.The amount of increase will depend on your settings and hardware.
     
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