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Asus Unveils Its Most Powerful Gaming Router, the Quad-band GT-AXE16000

Asus has been the most prolific networking in the realm of home gaming routers, with a long list of legit broadcasters. On top of that, many of its regular routers also have some practical game-related features.

Today, the networking vendor dropped an all-new Wi-Fi gaming machine that trumps them all: The ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000.

Among other things, this might make those who have bought the GT-AXE11000 feel a bit well, betrayed, for lack of a better word. From its name, the GT-AXE16000 seems it’s the tri-band GT-AXE11000 plus another 5GHz band.

Is it, though?

Asus GT-AXE16000: First Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E gaming router

The Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi-Fi 6e Gaming router
The Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi-Fi 6e Gaming router

Details of the new router are still sketchy, but when it’s released, it’ll likely be the very first Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E gaming router on Earth.

Quad-band routers are not necessarily a novelty. I recently published the review of the first Quad-band hardware, the Netgear Orbi RBKE960 series, which, by the way, will get some “Game Booster” features via an add-on subscription later this year. And TP-Link also just announced its Archer AXE300 earlier today.

But as a flagship Quad-band gaming router, the GT-AXE1600 is the first to be announced. Plus, it has a lot more than just the Wi-Fi bands.

The most powerful Wi-Fi machine from Asus to date

For one, it comes with three Multi-Gig ports, including a 2.5Gbps WAN port and two 10Gbps LAN ports. That’s the most Multi-Gig support on a home router so far. Previously, the Asus RT-AX89X had only two 10Gbps ports.

On top of that, the GT-AXE16000 also has a powerful quad-core 2.0GHz CPU.

But overall, the GT-AXE16000 does share a similarly bulky hardware design to that of the GT-AXE11000. It, too, has eight non-removable antennas around its sides — now with another additional four on the inside. Its tops also dubs as a large programmable ROG Aura gaming light on top.

Hardware specifications: Asus GT-AXE16000 vs GT-AXE11000

While it might not be fully applicable, it only makes sense to stack the GT-AXE16000 against the GT-AX11000 in terms of hardware. The two indeed share some similarities.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000
ModelGT-AXE16000GT-AXE11000
Wi-Fi TechnologyQuad-band AX1116000Tri-Band AXE11000
1st Band2.4GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 
Up to 1148Mbps
2.4GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 1148Mbps
2nd Band5GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
5GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
3rd Band 5GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
6GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6E
Up to 4804Mbps
4th Band6GHz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6E
Up to 4804Mbps
None
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz) SupportYesYes
AP ModeYesYes
Mesh-readyYes (AiMesh 2.0)Yes (AiMesh 2.0)
160MHz Channel SupportYesYes
Number of 160MHz 
Channels
7x on one 6GHz band
2x on two 5GHz bands
7x on one 6GHz band
2x on one 5GHz band
Gigabit Network Port4x LAN4x LAN, 1x WAN/LAN
Multi-Gig Network Port1x 2.5Gbps WAN
2x 10Gbps RJ45
1x 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN
LAN Link AggregationYes (LAN ports 1 and 2)Yes (LAN ports 1 and 2)
WAN Link AggregationYes (WAN + LAN4)Yes (WAN + LAN4)
Dual-WANYes (WAN + USB 
or LAN)
Yes (WAN + USB 
or LAN4 or 2.5Gbps)
USB2x USB 3.02x USB 3.0
Mobile AppAsus RouterAsus Router
Processing Power2.0 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256MB Flash, 1GB RAM
1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256MB Flash, 1GB RAM
Antennas8x External
4x Internal
8x External
Dimensions (no antennas)TBD10.4 x 10.4 x 2.9 in 
(26.4 x 26.4x 7.4 cm)
WeightTBD3.94 lbs (1.79 kg)
GT-AXE16000 vs. GT-AXE11000: Hardware specifications

Asus GT-AXE16000: Familiar gaming features plus some extra

It’s safe to say that the new GT-AXE16000 will share the bulk of core features found in most Asus routers. On top of that, it’ll have the game-related features of Asus’s top-tier gaming routers. And there’s something new, too.

Read this  Archer AXE200 Omni: TP-Link's 6E Router Gets Serious Auto-Rotating Antennas

Asus told me that the new router would also come with a new and Asus-exclusive feature called RangeBoost Plus technology designed to improve signal range and overall coverage. As for gaming, it has “Triple-level game acceleration,” similar to the case of the GT-AXE11000.

I’m most excited about the additional 10Gbps ports. As the world is moving towards Multi-Gig, both on the WAN and LAN sides, these ports, more than anything, are the feature that makes the new GT-AXE16000 closer to an ideal high-end Wi-Fi router.

Availability and pricing

As of right now, Asus is still tight-lipped on when the new ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 is available for purchase or how much it will cost.

I guess it will be sometime in the second part of the year, though don’t quote me on that. You might have to wait till early 2023.

In any case, I’ll update this post when I learn more and will likely do a full review when that’s possible. Check back for more.

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25 thoughts on “Asus Unveils Its Most Powerful Gaming Router, the Quad-band GT-AXE16000”

  1. A hypothetical, if you had three of these units could you ASUS mesh them using the 10GB ports and an ethernet backbone ??

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  2. My feeling is if you bought the GT-AXE11000 thinking it was the “ultimate” router but with only one 2.5 gig port, that’s on you, not ASUS.

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  3. I have AX89X and this one is a reason to upgrade, instead of buying a 10G switch, i rather get this router and its exactly what I need for now, i have 2.5G fiber internet, so 2.5G WAN port is great [although we already have 3.5Gb fiber here but i dont see much difference, since upload is lower then my 2.5G, i have 250Mb upload and the 3.5Gb down comes with 150Mb upload].
    I have 2 PC’s with 10Gb network, my main PC and my server

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    • That makes sense, but eventually, though, Ben, you’ll end up getting a Multi-Gig switch. It was in your situation once — the 10Gbps ports, not the WAN speed (so jealous!). Only a switch can fix that port anxiety. Many new desktop computers come with a 2.5Gbps port these days.

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  4. I read the actual press release from Asus from the link and was puzzled as to why they didn’t specify whether the 2 X 10Gb ports can function as both WAN/LAN as per the RT-AX89X. Should be a no brainer…unless it’s a chipset issue? The RT-AX89X uses a 2.2 Ghz quad core from Qualcomm whereas this uses the 2.0Ghz quad core from Broadcom that Asus has switched to for its upcoming Wifi 6e and Wifi 6 routers this year. In any case, looking forward to further developments to fully utilise my 10Gig broadband for Wifi 6e. Currently using the Wifi 6 RT-AX89X which is somewhat inadequate…

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    • It’s still in a very early stage, Richard. Asus told me a lot of things were still subject to change. Hang in there! 🙂

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  5. Well I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t go with the ax89x. This one for sure interests me. Now what it will come down to me is if tp link will release the archer 206 this year or not.

    If i was someone who recently bought the axe11000 i would be pretty annoyed as this new router announcement makes that one seem kinda obsolete. Looks like the new year is off to an interesting start with new tech announcements as if 2021 was just a year to skip.

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  6. Count me in as well. I currently use the RT-AX89X, and will be saving up for this new one, the GT-AXE16000. Let’s just hope that it’s sooner rather than later.

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  7. Id also add … who in the hell at asus is designing these 6E routers they are absolutely hideous. I HATE the look of my axe11000 and it isnt even wall mountable so you have to put it on a desk \ table, it takes up a ton of room because its like gargantuan.

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  8. bullshit honestly. i just got the axe11000. I was waiting and wanting 10gb ports, other than the cpu and additional band thats the real benefit to me. having two of those is very significant for server work loads. The axe11000 is kind of disappointing in this area. just has the one 2.5g port and the rest are just normal gig and there are only 4, you pick up an additional 2 ports here. sucks. silver lining is that i would expect high end equipment moving forward to start coming standard with these ports now.

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  9. Great post, thanks for the awareness. I currently have the RT-AX89X plugged into my 10g switch. I noticed that the AX89X seems to have a 2.2ghz quad-core processor vs this ones 2.0 ghz. Is there an argument that the new one will be a better process nonetheless? I’m trying to find reasons to upgrade to this one once it’s available, haha.

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    • Wifi 7 is like a year or two out.. I wouldnt personally plan on upgrading until then. most vendors are likely skipping 6e and just waiting for 7. I will for sure have massive fomo on this 16000, just purchasing the 11000, but i cant see spending another ~600 dollars when this too will be obsolete in short order.

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    • I actually agree with MP on this front, Dennis. The RT-AX89X is still great. You don’t need an upgrade. But if you want to, well, it’s your call. But this router is not available yet. You have time to save up. 🙂

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