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TP-Link’s Latest Archer GX90 Gaming Router: A Game-Changer?

If you find TP-Link’s previous Wi-Fi 6 gaming router, the Archer AX11000, somewhat underwhelming (and you’re right!), here’s some good news.

The networking vendor today announced the Archer GX90 supposedly as its “best” gaming router to date.

Archer GX90 Gaming Router
The Archer GX90 Gaming Router shares the same design as the Archer AX11000.

TP-Link Archer AX6600: A totally new gaming router

TP-Link says the new router features “the most up-to-date technology for gamers looking to upgrade their network and take on all challenges with a lightning-fast connection.”

Clearly, that general statement doesn’t mean much, but if part of it turned out to be true, the Archer GX90 could potentially be a, well, game changer.

For now, here are a few things I learned from TP-Link.

First, this is another traditional Tri-band router — it has two 5GHz bands and one 2.4Ghz band. What makes it different is one of the 5GHz bands is dedicated to gaming. And it’s a top-tier 4×4 band that supports the venerable (yet finicky) 160MHz channel width to deliver up to 4800Mbps of bandwidth.

(Note that the 160 MHz bandwidth might not be available in certain parts of the world due to regulatory restrictions.)

Secondly, per TP-Link, there’s a built-in Game Accelerator feature that “automatically detects and optimizes gaming streams to ensure gaming sessions stay immersive.”

Archer AX6600 Supported Games
The list of games the Archer GX90 supports at launch. The number of games will evolve via firmware updates, according to TP-Link.

And finally, the router has a useful Real-Time Game Statistics dashboard that helps you keep tabs on game duration, system utilization, and real-time latency.

TP-Link Archer GX90: Deisgn and hardware specifications

The Archer GX90 comes in the familiar design of previous TP-Link gaming routers, including the Archer AX1100 and the Archer C5400X.

This is a colorful square box with removable antennas all around. The whole package is painted black and red to look the part as a gaming machine.

TP-Link Archer AX6600
Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6
Gaming Router
TP-Link Archer AX1100 
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6
Gaming Router
Model Archer GX90 Archer AX1100 
Wi-Fi TechnologyTri-band AX6600Tri-band AX1100 
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2×2 AX: Up to 574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4×4 X: Up to 1148 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
5GHz-1 Wi-Fi Specs4×4 AX: Up to 4804
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4×4 AX: Up to 4804
(20/40/80/160MHz)
5GHz-2 Wi-Fi Specs 2×2 AX: Up to 1201
(20/40/80MHz)
4×4 AX: Up to 4804
(20/40/80/160MHz)
Backward Compatibility 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Mesh-ReadyOneMeshNo
Gigabit Port1× WAN/LAN
3× LAN
8× LAN 
Multi-Gig Port1× 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN 1× 2.5Gbps WAN
LAN Link AggregationNoYes (LAN 2 + LAN 3)
WAN Link AggregationNoNo
Dual-WANNoNo
USB1× USB 3.0 Port
1× USB 2.0 Port
1× USB-C 3.0
1× USB-A 3.0
Processing Power1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU1.8 GHz 64 bit Quad-Core CPU,
512 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
Dimensions8.3 × 8.3 × 2.0 in
(212 × 212 × 51.8 mm)
9.5 x 9.5 x 2.2 in
(240.6 x 240.6 x 55.4 mm)
WeightTBD3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)
MSRP (at launch) $249.99 $279.99
TP-Link Archer GX90 vs Archer AX11000s: Hardware specifications

However, from the specs, it seems the Archer GX90 is a lesser version of the Archer AX11000. Specifically, one of its 5GHz bands is a 2×2 with no support for the 160MHz channels. The new router also runs on a less powerful CPU.

However, in Wi-Fi, better specs don’t necessarily mean better performance. The GX90 might pans out as a better contender.

After all, it’s been more than a year since the Archer AX11000 first came out, and now the GX90 might have much better firmware.

Availability and pricing

TP-Link says the new Archer AX6600 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 gaming router is available immediately for the suggested retail price of $250, or about the same as the Asus’s latest gaming counterpart, the GS-AX5400.

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If you’re wondering how this new Wi-Fi machine will fair compared to the networking vendor’s previous “gaming” router, check back in a while for its full review.

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