There is no doubt ASUS went all in on its Republic of Gamers brand many years ago. Today they push that brand into the consumer networking segment with a complete redesign of their RT-AC5300. This redesign is more than just a badge swap on a chassis though as ASUS has tailored the firmware for gaming with aggressive QoS profiles and Ethernet ports specifically setup for gaming and port aggregation.
This transition from consumer platform to gaming router does go even deeper. The RT-AC5300 launched early 2016 with a Broadcom BCM4709 dual-core SoC operating at 1.4GHz and paired with 512MB of memory and 128MB of NAND flash. It had three BCM4366 radios to support its two 5GHz bands and single 2.4GHz band. The GT-AC5300 or ROG Rapture, on the other hand, has been updated to include the Broadcom BCM4908, a quad-core SoC operating at 1.8GHz paired with 256MB of NAND flash and 1GB of RAM.
The radios too have been updated to BCM4366E with the same configuration as the RT-AC5300. That configuration gives us a single 2.4GHz band capable of 1Gbps via 1024QAM and two 5GHz bands bring in 2.16Gbps with 1024QAM.
The antenna configuration gives us two on each face of the router for a total of eight antennas. The wired configuration for this solution is one of the most populated we have seen in a consumer platform with a single Gigabit WAN and eight Gigabit LAN ports.
The MSRP sits at $399.99 with a two-year warranty.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The ASUS Gaming Router Tri-band WiFi (Up to 5334 Mbps) for VR & 4K streaming, 1.8GHz Quad-Core processor, Gaming Port, Whole Home Mesh System, & AiProtection network with 8 x Gigabit LAN ports(GT-AC5300) retails for $319.99 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Wireless Gaming Router retails for £XXX at Amazon UK.
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