I didn't get to use the ROG Rapture as long as I would like as I'm still testing 802.11ac units as they come in. That said I was able to go back to it after this last run of testing to see how it performed in everyday tasks and I can certainly say you notice the difference between AC and AX in stability and the amount of traffic you can push before the router starts needing to buffer video etc. Build quality is solid for a router, ASUS certainly goes all out in design when it comes to their ROG solutions, and this black and copper look is quite nice in my setup as it matches my home theater.
The performance was amazing, and you can certainly expect more than what was produced here today if, in the future, you have an AX client. 2.4GHz showed 102MBps peak which is what we have seen many times in the past from 802.11ac solutions. 5GHz perked up a bit from what we traditionally see with 659Mbps at 80MHz and 929Mbps using 160MHz channels. On a side note, I was able to do a speed run using a secondary test system with 2.5Gbe and the 160MHz 5G channel and reached 1200Mbps real-world.
The interface of this router isn't going to be for everyone, luckily you don't have to spend day and night in there and for the most part it's really easy to navigate and get things setup. That said if you are one that loves features, the ROG Rapture delivers with a fantastic implementation of QoS with Traditional and Game Radar options along with all the basics we have come to love from ASUS solutions like AiCloud and AiDisk, Dual WAN and 4G support if you use a dongle for internet.
Now the ROG Rapture comes at a price and while its certainly not cheap this router is a tri-band Wi-Fi 6 solution on the bleeding edge of what's available currently. That said it comes at an MSRP of $449.99 which puts it at the high-end of the current market if we include 802.11ac
The Bottom Line
ASUS leads the way into Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 with the ROG Rapture.