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RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600: MSI’s Identical Routers of two Wi-Fi Standards

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If you have difficulty deciding between the RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600, the two new routers from MSI, this quick comparison post is for you.

These are almost identical Wi-Fi machines in and out. That’s not to mention they represent MSI’s return to home networking after over a decade — they are a new Wi-FI brand, so to speak.

But when you through, you’ll know which to get for your situation today. Still, it’s recommended that you read their in-depth review for more.

MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66 RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600 Gaming Routers Boxes
MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66: The two routers look identical.

MSI RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600: More similarities than differences

The two routers, models GRAXE66 and GRAX66, look exactly the same and also have the same Wi-Fi bandwidth, which, on paper, is 6600Mbps.

They have the same number of antennas and ports, including one 2.5Gbps Mulit-Gig WAN/LAN port and four Gigabit LAN ports. You can turn the first LAN port into the WAN port and make the Multi-Gig port work as a LAN.

There’s also a USB 3.0 port to host a storage device.

Other than that, the two share the same firmware, features, and network settings.

Both are marketed as “gaming” routers, but on the inside, neither has any game-specific features other than some specific QoS settings. You can play games with them just fine, but that’s the case with most, if not all, Wi-Fi routers.

With that, let’s look at their differences.

MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66 RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600 Gaming Routers LogosMSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66 RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600 Gaming Routers Ports
MSI RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600: Looking closely, you’ll note the former (left) has LED embedded on its antennas and the top logo. But the two share the same number of ports.

MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66: Wi-Fi 6E vs Wi-Fi 6

The GRAXE66 is a Wi-Fi 6E router — it has a 6GHz band together with a 5GHz and a 2.4Ghz. The GRAX66 is a Wi-Fi 6 Router with a 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands.

As a result, the former can host the new 6GHz clients while the latter has much more bandwidth on the 5GHz band — five times more, to be precise.

In fact, regarding wireless bandwidth, you can think the GRAXE6600 is the result when you trade the GRAX6600’s 5GHz-2 band for the 6GHz band.

MSI’s “gaming” routers: GRAXE66 = GRAX66 + bling

The second difference the in the RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600 matchup is the Mystic Light of the former.

While looking the same coming out of the box, only the RadiX AXE6600 will glow when plugged in, thanks to its integrated programmable RGB game lights.

These lights do not affect the router’s function, but they sure are cool to look at.

MSI RadiX AXE6600 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Gaming Router Pink Mystic LightMSI RadiX AX6600 Wi Fi 6 Tri Band Gaming Router 1 11
MSI RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600: The former’s color-changing programmable Mystic Light is the only thing to separate the two’s appearances.

MSI RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600: Hardware specifications

The table below details the similarities and differences between these two routers.

MSI GRAXE66 RadiX AXE6600 RouterMSI RadiX AX6600 Router
NameMSI RadiX AXE6600 Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band Gaming RouterMSI RadiX AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Tri-Band Gaming Router
ModelRadiX AXE6600,
GRAXE66
RadiX AX6600,
GRAX66
Wi-Fi BandwidthTri-band AXE6600Tri-band AX6600
1st Band
(2.4GHz)
2×2 AX: 574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 AX:  574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2nd Band
(5GHz)
2×2 AX: 1201 Mbps
(Full band)
(20/40/80MHz)
2×2 AX: 1201 Mbps
5GHz-1: Lower channels
(20/40/80MHz)
3rd Band 4X4 AX: 4804 Mbps
6GHz
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4X4 AX: 4804 Mbps
5GHz-2: Upper channels
(20/40/80/160MHz)
5.9GHz Support
(UNII-4)
NoNo
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac
AP ModeYesYes
Mesh-readyNoNo
Gigabit Port3x LAN, 
1x LAN/WAN
3x LAN, 
1x LAN/WAN
Multi-Gig Port1x 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN1x 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN
Dual-WANNoNo
Link AggregationNoNo
USB1x USB 3.01x USB 3.0
Firmware Version
(at review)
663636663648
Mobile AppMSI Router app MSI Router app 
Parental ControlYesYes
Gaming FeaturesQoS
(Client- and App-based)
Mystic Light
QoS
(Client- and App-based)
Processing PowerQuad-core 1.8GHz CPU,
512MB DDR4 RAM,
256MB Flash
Quad-core 1.8GHz CPU,
512MB DDR4 RAM,
256MB Flash
Built-in Online ProtectionNoNo
Dimensions
(antennas up)
13.3 x 8.8 x 7.8 in
(338 x 224 x 198 mm)
13.3 x 8.8 x 7.8 in
(338 x 224 x 198 mm)
Weight2.5 lbs (1.13 kg) 2.4 lbs (1.09 kg)
Power SpecsInput: 100-240V 50/60Hz
Output: 12V 3.5A
Input: 100-240V 50/60Hz
Output: 12V 3.5A
Power Consumption
(per 24 hours)
β‰ˆ 230 Wh
(as tested)
β‰ˆ 245 Wh
(as tested)
Release DateFebruary 17, 2023February 17, 2023
US Price
(at launch)
$349.99$249.99
MSI Radix AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600: Hardware specifications

MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66: Performances and ranking

MSI Radix AXE6600's Rating

8 out of 10
MSI RadiX AXE6600 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Gaming Router
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Top Wi-Fi 6E specs; cool Mystic Light; Reliable Wi-Fi performance

Full, lightweight web user interface, helpful mobile app

Supports all standard home network settings, deep Wi-Fi customization

Nice design, low power consumption

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port; mediocre 5GHz specs

Thin on gaming and network protection features; no Dynamic DNS, Link Aggregation, or Dual-WAN

Mystic Light requires a PC app; Network storage requires SMBv1 with lackluster performance

MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66 RadiX AXE6600 vs RadiX AX6600 Performances
MSI GRAXE66 vs GRAX66: Wi-Fi and network storage performances

MSI Radix AX6600's Rating

8 out of 10
MSI RadiX AX6600 Wi Fi 6 Tri Band Gaming Router 1 17
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance at an affordable cost

Robust, lightweight web user interface, helpful mobile app

Supports all standard home network settings, deep Wi-Fi customization

Eye-catching, practical design, decent network storage read performance when hosting a portable SSD

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port; thin on gaming features; no 160MHz on 5GHz-1 band

No Dynamic DNS, Link Aggregation, or Dual-WAN; client management could be better

Network storage requires SMB1 with mediocre write speed

The takeaway

Both the RadiX AXE6600 and RadiX AX6600 are decent Wi-Fi machines. In fact, for a home that needs only a single broadcaster, either can be a great choice.

That said, pick the Wi-Fi 6E RadiX AXE6600 if you have a lot of 6GHz clients (and only a few 5GHz ones). On the other hand, if you have lots of 5GHz clients, the Wi-Fi 6 RadiX AX6600 is clearly a better choice. And its lower price only helps.

MSI, for now, is new on the market, so it will take a while to know how the new routers pan out in long-term usage. But optimistically, chances are they will only get better over time with firmware updates.

In any case, these two likely won’t be the last you’ll find from MSI. While there are already so many Wi-Fi routers to pick from, more options are always a good thing.

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