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Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000: Two Identical yet Distinctive Gaming Routers

This quick post is the GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 router matchup. These two distinctive gaming routers, part of Asus’s ROG STRIX series, have a lot in common yet sizable differences in performance.

When through, you’ll be able to figure out which one to pick for yourself.

And if you still can’t decide and live in a relatively large home, well, it’s OK to get both to build an AiMesh system. Just make sure you have already gotten your home wired if you want the best performance out of the pair.

Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000
Here is the Asus GS-AX5400 (bottom) next to the Asus GS-AX3000. Note their ROG logo, which is the only visible difference between the two.

Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000: Similarities

The two router looks (almost) the same, with just one visual difference: The ROG logo on top of the GS-AX5400 is covered in white dots while the GS-AX3000’s is smooth.

However, neither of the logos works as the Aura RGB lights like the GT-AX(E)11000. Instead, both routers have this light on their front, similar to the RT-AX82U.

Both routers are part of Asus’s ROG STRIX series, which is generally more affordable than the premium ROG family. As a result, neither has a Multi-Gig port nor do they support high-end gaming features like a built-in license for the WTFast gamer private network.

But both are gaming routers that have more than just the bare minimum gaming-related features, or tier one as I’d call them. They even have slightly more than the RT-AX82U.

You can read more about Asus’s (gaming) routers in this post. The table below shows where these two routers land among the networking vendor’s extensive collection of Wi-Fi machines for gamers.

Model/NameMulti-Gig
Port
Gaming Private NetworkGame First/ROG FirstVPN
Fusion
Game BoostGaming PortOpen NATMobile Game BoostGear AcceleratorGeForce NowAura RGB LED Lights
GT-AXE110001x 2.5Gbps
(LAN/WAN)
Outfox
GT-AX110001x 2.5Gbps
(LAN/WAN)
WTFast
GT-AC5300NoneWTFast
GS-AX5400None
GS-AX3000None
RT-AX88UNoneWTFast
RT-AX89X1x 10Gbps (LAN/WAN)
1x SFP+
(LAN/WAN)
RT-AC88UNoneWTFast
RT-AX86U 1x 2.5Gbps
(WAN)
RT-AX82UNone
RT-AX92UNoneWTFast
RT-AC86UNone
RT-AC68UNone
TUF-AX5400None
Asus gaming router matrix.

That said, in terms of features and design the there’s no difference between the GS-AX5400 and the GS-AX3000. Both are feature-rich — you can do a lot with them thanks to Asus’s extensive standard router feature set.

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That brings us to what sets them apart: their 5GHz Wi-Fi band, as shown in the hardware specification table below.

Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000: Hardware specifications

Full NameAsus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400
Dual-band Gaming Router
Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX3000
Dual-band Gaming Router
Model GS-AX5400 GS-AX3000
Dimensions10.56 x 7.08 x 6.53 in
(268 x 180 x 160 mm)
10.56 x 7.08 x 6.53 in
(268 x 180 x 160 mm)
Weight1.55 lbs (701.3 g)1.63 lbs (740 g)
Hardware Specs1.5 GHz Tri-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 512 MB RAM
1.5 GHz Tri-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 512 MB RAM
Wi-Fi TechnologyDual-Band AX5400Dual-Band AX3000
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs4×4 AX: Up to 4.8Gbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2×2 AX: Up to 2.4 Gbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2×2 AX: Up to 574Mbps
(20/40 MHz)
2×2 AX: Up to 574Mbps
(20/40 MHz)
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 
Wireless SecurityWPA, WPA2, WPA3WPA, WPA2, WPA3
Mobile AppAsus RouterAsus Router
Web User InterfaceYesYes
Bridge ModeYesYes
AP ModeYesYes
Mesh SupportAiMesh 2.0AiMesh 2.0
USB Port1x USB 3.2 Gen 11x USB 3.2 Gen 1
Gigabit Port4x LAN, 1x WAN4x LAN, 1x WAN
Dual-WANYes (WAN+LAN/USB)Yes (WAN+LAN/USB)
Link AggregationYes (LAN and WAN)Yes (LAN and WAN)
Multi-Gig PortNoneNone
Gaming FeaturesAura Gaming Light
Gaming Port
Game Boost
Gear Accelerator
Mobile Game Mode
OpenNAT
ROG First
VPN Fusion
Aura Gaming Light
Gaming Port
Game Boost
Gear Accelerator
Mobile Game Mode
OpenNAT
ROG First
VPN Fusion
U.S. Price (at review)$250$170
Asus AX5400 routers’ hardware specifications: GS-AX5400 vs RT-AX82U

Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000: Differences

As you might have noted from the table above, the 5GHz band is the only thing that sets the two routers apart.

This band of the GS-AX5400 is a top-tier 4×4 with cap speeds of up to 48000Mbps, double that of the GS-AX3000.

By the way, the two use different power adapters despite the same look and processing power, as you’ll note in the picture below.

Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000
The Asus GS-AX5400 and GS-AX3000 use two different power adapters.

This difference is not a huge deal, but you won’t be able to use the GS-AX3000 with the power adapter of almost any other Asus router — they just won’t fit. On the other hand, the GS-AX5400 will work with the power adapters of most other Asus routers.

Asus GS-AX5400 vs GS-AX3000: Ratings and performance

I rated these two the same despite their differences in performance. That’s because the faster GS-AX5400 costs significantly more and proves to be a better router if you live in a large household.

If you have just a few clients, though, both will deliver the same experience, both as a regular router and as a gaming one.

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400 Gaming Router

0.00
8.8

Performance

9.5/10

Features

9.5/10

Ease of Use

8.0/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent overall performance
  • Complete AiMesh 2.0 support, including system-wide Guest network
  • Robust web interface, well-designed mobile app, no login account required
  • Lots of useful features including those for gamers
  • Cool Aura RBG lighting

Cons

  • No Multi-Gig port or Gamer VPN (WTFast)
  • Performance as a NAS server could be better
  • A bit boring

For this matchup, I also tested the two as satellite nodes in a wireless AiMesh system.

Asus GS AX5400 vs GS AX3000 performance
(★) Routers working as AiMesh satellite nodes.

Specifically, I used the GS-AX3000 as the satellite for the GS-AX5400, which itself was a satellite of the RT-AX82U. In all, as expected, the GS-AX5400 was generally faster.

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX3000 Gaming Router

0.00
8.8

Performance

9.0/10

Features

9.5/10

Ease of Use

8.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Feature-ladden, including those for gamers
  • Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app
  • Comparatively affordable

Cons

  • No support for WTFast Gamer VPN
  • No Multi-Gig network port
  • Network storage performance, when hosting a portable drive, could be better

Which to get

The GS-AX5400 is decidedly a better router, but it’s also significantly more expensive.

That said, if you have just a few (gaming) clients, the GS-AX3000 will get the job done. However, if you live in a large household, the GS-AX5400 is a better investment.

Asus GS AX5400 and GS AX3000 AiMesh
The Asus GS-AX5400 and GS-AX3000 work well together in an AiMesh setup.

Of course, you can always get both to use them in an AiMesh system. In this case, it’s best to use a network cable to link the two up — you can use either as the primary router.

Want to see more Wi-Fi solutions compared against each other? Check them all out here.

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