ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Wireless-AC5300 Tri-Band Gaming Router Reviewed

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thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
ASUS' GT-AC5300 Wireless-AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router is a slightly beefed-up version of its RT-AC5300 predecessor.

Read on SmallNetBuilder
 

eJC

Regular Contributor
Wait, on the summary page it says Mb/s but the USB results pages say MB/s.. Which is it? :)

Also, this quote from the review seems strange: "There is obviously still something wrong with the GT-AC5300's USB 3.0 connection, given it yielded only 31 MB/s write and 34 MB/s read. But whatever's wrong with the RT has been solved with the GT, since it produces much higher throughput."

Should it read "...still something wrong with the RT-AC5300's USB"?
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Thanks Tim.

One thing I would add to the review: the beefier CPU might come in handy for anyone who runs a VPN (server or client) on the router, and have a fast Internet connection. So if one has to chose between the RT-AC5300 and the GT-AC5300, this can be an important factor if your Internet connection is faster than 60 Mbps.
 

avtella

Very Senior Member
Thanks Tim.

One thing I would add to the review: the beefier CPU might come in handy for anyone who runs a VPN (server or client) on the router, and have a fast Internet connection. So if one has to chose between the RT-AC5300 and the GT-AC5300, this can be an important factor if your Internet connection is faster than 60 Mbps.

Even though its not as powerful as the Alpine, being an A53 low power part probably means it runs much cooler, and probably can run at peak performance longer when under high CPU load. The Alpine is like an oven.
 

eJC

Regular Contributor
Thanks Tim.

One thing I would add to the review: the beefier CPU might come in handy for anyone who runs a VPN (server or client) on the router, and have a fast Internet connection. So if one has to chose between the RT-AC5300 and the GT-AC5300, this can be an important factor if your Internet connection is faster than 60 Mbps.

I would second that thought. My brother has a gigabit connection from his ISP and this router is the first that doesn't tax the router's CPU when routing near his bandwidth limit.
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
edit: Wait, on the summary page it says Mb/s but the USB results pages say MB/s.. Which is it? :)
Storage results are MB/s. Test process is described here.

The legend is incorrect; there are many units mixed. I will correct this.
 

howie411

Regular Contributor
Your review said Rev 1.411 is the GT-ac5300 but that shows 512MBx 1, the Rev 1.311 which shows 512MBx2 which would be the 1 gig of memory the router has. I'm confused.
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
Benchmark summary units are fixed. Sorry for the problem.
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
Your review said Rev 1.411 is the GT-ac5300 but that shows 512MBx 1, the Rev 1.311 which shows 512MBx2 which would be the 1 gig of memory the router has. I'm confused.
I was too. That's why I opened it up and took pictures to confirm 1 GB .
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Even though its not as powerful as the Alpine, being an A53 low power part probably means it runs much cooler, and probably can run at peak performance longer when under high CPU load. The Alpine is like an oven.

That CPU also has the potential to reach pretty high performance levels with VPN, as it contains an AES crypto engine, so it's not just about the increase in clock speed or IPC. I don't know however if Asus leverages it in their firmware.
 

John DeLuca

Regular Contributor
Hm, were you able to confirm/measure 802.3ad functionality? It's non-functional on my unit.

There is no ad functionality on this router. There is in the Netgear X10 (runs great on dd-wtr) and one other router I can't remember the name of.
 

John DeLuca

Regular Contributor
My main question is still Gt vs. X10 but it would only be fair to compare I suppose when the GT firmware bugs get fixed
 

avtella

Very Senior Member
John, I don't think many people even have "802.11 ad" devices let alone the fact that it's not very useful outside of the very room the router is placed in.
 

thiggins

Mr. Easy
Staff member
802.3ad is link aggregation. 802.11ad is 60 GHz WiGig.

I did not test link aggregation. It is useful only to create a higher bandwidth connection for use with multiple devices, such as multiple computers streaming from a NAS.
 

Makaveli

Very Senior Member
Good review!

I see many kids trying to force their parents to buy this to improve gaming performance because they still believe this will reduce their ping times.....

However at this price point I think you are better off building your own.

As Merlin mentioned I am curious to see what VPN performance is like on this thing.
 

eJC

Regular Contributor
There is no ad functionality on this router. There is in the Netgear X10 (runs great on dd-wtr) and one other router I can't remember the name of.

John,
I think you are confusing 802.11ad with 802.3ad. Some people are saying that even the router doesn't even have 802.3ad. I think it does, but I don't know how to definitively test it.
 

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