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    Korth PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
    ProcessorHaswell-EP E5-1680-3 SR20H/R2 (4.4GHz)
    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
    CaseObsidian 750D (original), 6xNH-A14
    Power SupplyZalman/FSP ZM1250 Platinum
    Headset Pilot P51 PTT *modded*
    OS Arch, Gentoo, Win7x64, Win10x64
    Network RouterActiontec T3200M VDSL2 Gateway
    Accessory #1 TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E, 1xPCIe
    Accessory #2 ASUS/Infineon SLB9635 TPM (TT1.2/FW3.19)
    Accessory #3 ASUS OC Panel I (FW0501)
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    ASUS marketing has changed (and keeps changing) their naming schemes as they attempt to refine product lines and counter competitor offerings.

    So last-year's ASUS stuff won't necessarily conform with the naming schemes on this-year's ASUS stuff. And discrepencies increase the further back you go. But as it stands now, in general:

    PRIME = ASUS "mainstream" brand, all the basic models with all the proven tech, the ASUS brand intended to appeal to generic consumers/businesses/etc
    ROG = ASUS "Republic of Gamers" brand, full-featured with all the latest ASUS innovations, intended to appeal to gamers/overclockers/enthusiasts/powerusers/etc
    STRIX = subset of ROG, now basically ASUS "budget gamer" brand, not as loaded with toys but designed to deliver "best game for the buck", less complex, less costly
    TUF = hybrid of PRIME/ROG, emphasis is on durability/reliability/longevity, once sort of "everyman's server-grade", now basically "robust/indestructible" STRIX gaming, costs more

    (PRIME stuff)

    A = basic model, basic features, basic price
    DELUXE = better model, does more, costs more
    PRO = best model
    WS = workstation/HEDT model

    (ROG stuff)

    CROSSHAIR = AMD mainstream platforms
    ZENITH = AMD HEDT (ThreadRipper) platforms
    MAXIMUS = Intel mainstream platforms
    RAMPAGE = Intel HEDT platforms

    RANGER = entry-level model, stripped down, if present at all then usually released long after HERO
    HERO = basic model with all the basic frills, always the first release
    CODE = better model with more overclocking and toys
    FORMULA = "best" model with most overclocking and toys, sometimes released alongside CODE, sometimes long after
    EXTREME = "very best" model with all of everything, usually released long after FORMULA, sometimes not at all ("EXTREME" currently in use on some other product)
    APEX = "overclocking" model, sort of like a CODE with FORMULA parts, everything which doesn't add speed is stripped out, usually released "early" because ASUS wants to proudly advertise a new board which breaks all the "world record overclocks" and demonstrates superiority over competition.

    GENE, IMPACT, ASSEMBLY, AURA, WIFI, etc have all been used to indicate different variants/editions/features, but I wouldn't consider them "families" because they're usually limited to one or two products which ASUS has decided to discontinue. They repurpose their names from time to time, they sometimes turn a popular "one-off" name (like STRIX) into a full product line, they sometimes repurpose and "reinvent" less-popular names (like TUF) into something else.
    Last edited by Korth; 04-11-2018 at 05:35 AM.
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