Broadcom BCM4908 64 bit quad-core @ 1.8 GHz

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randomName

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Does this chip have the potential to be the best so far in home consumer routers? I just don't understand the ins and outs of why it's not leading the charts,

Thanks
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Does this chip have the potential to be the best so far in home consumer routers? I just don't understand the ins and outs of why it's not leading the charts,

Thanks

The CPU has almost no impact on wireless performance because the wireless chip uses its own internal CPU. Since the charts primarily focus on wireless, the router's CPU won't really matter.

The extra CPU performance is mostly for VPN, USB file sharing, running complex firewall rules with NAT acceleration disabled, etc...
 

randomName

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Is the chip overclocked or is that stock speeds?
 

sfx2000

Part of the Furniture
The CPU has almost no impact on wireless performance because the wireless chip uses its own internal CPU. Since the charts primarily focus on wireless, the router's CPU won't really matter.

The extra CPU performance is mostly for VPN, USB file sharing, running complex firewall rules with NAT acceleration disabled, etc...

Adding to the comments...

It's a nice chip for routing and CPU intensive items. Nice step up from the neutered Cortex-A9* that was used on older devices due to arch improvements at the core level...

RF - that another chip and a radiated package - and there, it's dependent on the clients and situational usage...

* Neutered Cortex-A9 with the Broadcom router SDK - no VFP, no NEON - integer only... Broadcom's choice, not Asus...

For example, ‘cortex-a9’ can be found in three major configurations: integer only, with just a floating-point unit or with floating-point and Advanced SIMD. The default is to enable all the instructions, but the extensions ‘+nosimd’ and ‘+nofp’ can be used to disable just the SIMD or both the SIMD and floating-point instructions respectively.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
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