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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.
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    Thank you for your input :-D

    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    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
    That is true, you are right. For example when I bought my ASUS Mainboard extreme was the best one. Nowdays it is still at the top, but not the very best.

    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    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.
    I think these are quite interesting facts. Probably you were right, that CODE not only has additional wifi and Bluetooth. I will adjust that one.

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    MAXIMUS X CODE has wifi, so did MAXIMUS IX CODE. MAXIMUS VIII did not. It seems these days that WIFI is part of the mobo designation only when two variants exist (like HERO vs HERO WIFI, etc) or when wifi is a feature ASUS wants to explicitly announce to sell the mobo (like STRIX WIFI, etc).

    I'm curious why these questions? I mean, you select from the mobos which have the capabilities and features you want, you don't select from the ones which lack them. There doesn't seem to be a lot to be gained from tracking every possible mobo model/variant ASUS (or any other OEM) releases ... they come and go and get revised and changed around too regularly ... and ASUS (or any other OEM, or Intel, or AMD, or NVIDIA, etc) could announce new platform designations any time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    MAXIMUS X CODE has wifi, so did MAXIMUS IX CODE. MAXIMUS VIII did not. It seems these days that WIFI is part of the mobo designation only when two variants exist (like HERO vs HERO WIFI, etc) or when wifi is a feature ASUS wants to explicitly announce to sell the mobo (like STRIX WIFI, etc).

    I'm curious why these questions? I mean, you select from the mobos which have the capabilities and features you want, you don't select from the ones which lack them. There doesn't seem to be a lot to be gained from tracking every possible mobo model/variant ASUS (or any other OEM) releases ... they come and go and get revised and changed around too regularly ... and ASUS (or any other OEM, or Intel, or AMD, or NVIDIA, etc) could announce new platform designations any time.
    Absolutely true. If you want to say it is unnecessary to do that, I cant disagree in any logical way. But this is more about passion or hobby :-)
    For example in another brand (for example grafic cards from nvidia) it is very obvious what the different names stand for, and which one is probably superior to the other.
    ASUS used these names since I first bought my ASUS mainboard which is quiet a long time ago. Therefore I think we can safely assume the labeling or naming scheme will be continued for the time being.

    For example I learned that an extreme suits my needs much better than an apex. Even though the spec of the apex look better for me. Which means I would have bought the wrong Mobo before this Discussion.

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    Specs are not always entirely truthful. They seem to be rewritten by marketing. That fancy new APEX mobo might be able to overclock 5GHz and address 128GB RAM and support DDR-4266 ... but not all at the same time, lol, not even without aggressively binning all of your parts (including the motherboard itself!).
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