ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 review: costly performance

Tri-band router which reminds of Stonehenge

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Introduction

Routers have been commonplace for many years, and in terms of design the trend is towards “as discreet as possible” rather than “eye-catching”. The exception is the gaming routers, which are aimed at a target group that is known for liking some show pieces. ASUS, along with other manufacturers, cater to this group with their range of extreme routers. So far, none is as extreme as the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300.


ASUS RoG Rapture GT-AC5300
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

In the world of routers, it is not unusual that devices had the most diverse and extreme shapes. In general, you have to expect at least three - preferably more – antennae, protruding in all directions. A housing that would not be out of place at the front of a supercar or as part of a stealth aircraft. In recent years, however, a multitude of routers appeared that are more subdued in design and appearance. Examples include routers such as the TP-Link Archer C2300, Fritz!Box 7590 by AVM, ZyXEL NBG6815, Netgear R8500 Nighthawk X8 or the Linksys EA7500. Not surprisingly, because it is no longer a geek gadget, as no household can do without it anymore. When dealing with the WAF (Wife Approval Factor), the choice usually falls on the more subdued design routers. 

With mesh, the trend is clearly creating living room-worthy products, although the term living room-worthy of course does not have the same meaning for everyone. Let's put it this way, design choices that on average did not immediately lead to a divorce. Due to this, we see many white, round shapes and a compact form factor in mesh-routers. This, of course, also has to do with the fact that you should be able to place more than two in the house without it looking out of place. In addition, with most mesh kits, the settings are more or less limited, and you usually miss some LAN ports and USB connections, and sometimes even the web interface. These latter considerations may not be of interest to everyone. Luckily, routers that are aimed at the demanding user who is not bothered with the interior considerations are definitely still around.

An example of this is the ASUS' ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 - an asymmetric beast of a router equipped with a forest of antennae, LAN ports, USB 3.0 connections and above all design to merit approval of an average self-appointed interior decorator. The Rapture boasts a maximum theoretical WiFi speed of up to 5334 Mbit/s, divided as 1000 Mbit/s at 2.4 GHz and 4334 Mbit/s on the 5 GHz band, which in turn is distributed over two radios - 2167 Mbit/s each.

We are dealing with a tri-band router here. Such routers have an additional 5 GHz radio, allowing them to distribute network traffic between faster and slower devices across two radios, resulting in performance gains. The advantage of this technique is that it works with all clients that support 5 GHz. And those performance benefits are especially noticeable when you use many devices at the same time.

The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is available at a minimum price of 420 pounds / 399 euros in our Price Comparison. If you think that the appearance of the GT-AC5300 reminds you of something, you are correct. It is based on the RT-AC5300 of the same brand. The GT-AC5300 is specifically aimed at gamers which we will discuss in detail further, but its design is hardly distinguishable from its predecessor, which at the time was one of the first routers to offer both MU-MIMO and tri-band. In the case of the Rapture, it has the tri-band paired with (MU-less) MIMO. 

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