Linksys today opened up pre-ordering for the WRT32X Gaming Router announced at January's CES2017.
As noted at the time of announcement, the Marvell-based router is basically a WRT3200ACM with Rivet Networks' Killer networking technology built in, black "stealth" styling and a restyled GUI, all calculated to attract gamers like flies to honey.
Linksys claims the built-in Killer Prioritization Engine reduces "peak" ping times up to 77%, but only for PCs equipped with Killer network hardware. Killer-equipped PCs and mobos are available from Dell, Gigabyte, MSI, Razer and others.
Key hardware specs include 1.8 GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU, 802.11ac Wave 2 Dual-band 3x3 wireless radio, 256 MB flash, 512MB of DDR3 RAM and gigabit WAN (1) and 4-port LAN Ethernet switch. USB 3.0 and eSATA ports are there to support high-throughput storage sharing.
Prospective buyers would be advised to not be misled by the Linksys' AC3200 class rating for the 32X. What you're getting for practical purposes is a 3x3 AC1900 class with one 5 GHz radio that supports contiguous 160 MHz bandwidth. The stated 3200 Mbps maximum link rate math works out to 600 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 2600 Mbps (5 GHz) = 3200. If you don't have a device that supports 160 MHz bandwidth, the 5 GHz link rate falls back to 1300 Mbps, which added to the 2.4 GHz 600 Mbps yields 1900 Mbps.
If you want to get in line for shipments starting September 21, you can pre-order right now at Amazon, BestBuy and Linksys.com.