Updated January 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 6 Best Cable Modems For Gaming

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Few online activities rely on lightning-fast transfer speeds and razor-thin lag times like gaming does. Upcoming, advanced standards promise some huge enhancements, like the ability to fast-track your PC's connection and almost completely eliminate latency. Because there aren't a ton of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems out yet, we've included some alternates with pipelines nearly as fast. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cable modem for gaming on Amazon.

6. Netgear Orbi

5. Arris SurfBoard SB6190

4. Netgear Nighthawk X4S

3. Motorola MB8600

2. Netgear CM1000

1. Arris SurfBoard SB8200

Editor's Notes

January 04, 2019: What a difference a few milliseconds make! Honestly, lag has probably racked up more kills in the last decade of deathmatches than any single esports professional. If you're looking to cut that latency in half or better, look into a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. One of the neatest features is the vastly improved Quality of Service function, which gives your gaming instructions distinct priority over your roommate's long-running Netflix binge. Of course, at the time of this writing, there are only 4 DOCSIS 3.1 modems for sale, and the Arris 8200 takes the cake as far as performance and reliability go. A slight step down, the 6190 doesn't have DOCSIS 3.1 support, but it costs about half as much as its big brother — and, frankly, not everybody needs the very newest protocol just yet. Netgear is a remarkably well-known name, and their gigabit-ready CM1000 certainly doesn't disappoint. Motorola's latest offering is a great choice in part because it's shown to work with so many different providers. Also, surprisingly enough, the Orbi and Nighthawk are combination modem/routers that are actually worth recommending. Whichever you choose, remember that advertised speeds are theoretical maximums only, and that maximizing your Internet subscription may require you to make a couple phone calls to the company, and also wade through a handful of mildly confusing settings.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 07, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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