I must say that I first recognize ASUS than difference between GeForce and ATI Radeon.
But that was around 2001 when I enter on IT World.
Off course ASUS was always sound nicer as company.
During that period Internet was very rear in Serbia. We just become "democracy" after decades of communism and socialistic dictatorship and usual way to buying some hardware components are to look in newspapers.
We couldn't see pictures only name and price.
ASUS always cost little more and sound nice and somehow I first jump on him.
It was funny, I look for ASUS ATI Radeon 9800 Pro graphic card and she was not available in store I called.
I bought processor, motherboard and need graphic card. Seller tall me We don't have ASUS but we have ATI Radeon 9800 PRO.
I didn't want to buy, because I thought that's completely different product. They told me we have Sapphire, we have Club3D I think, GIGABYTE but ASUS is not available. No I didn't want nothing else and bought ASUS looking 2 days and calling phones.
Later I figure out difference.
Than I was AMD and ATI Radeon ASUS customer 6-7-8 years. Than I had Intel but again back to AMD and 2012 finally switch to Intel.
But I keep one platform and change only GPU..
There was really nice ASUS products... I remember ATI EAH4890, than they launch one of nicest GPU ASUS ATI 5870 V2
That was amazing beast but I didn't had her, but I had EAH6970, first AMD Radeon HD, not ATI Radeon...
then GTX580. Much before that ATI 3870.
Much earlier MSI K8 Neo switch to ASUS K8V-X Deluxe 754 Socket. First 3000+ than switch to 3700+ if I remember Athlon 64bit.
It was very hard to me to switch from AGP to PCI-E.
I had first 256MB two modules, later 512MB than I add 1GB modules, I think I had total 2GB total... Kingston DDR400 PC3200 was attractive and recommended in our region. People in that time switch to PCI-E I still was on AGP.
Then people around me didn't change CPU and Mobo just like that. second, third GPU and add more memory was common, sometimes even better processors. Not as today I need new platform after 2 years.
Than ROG show up, Crosshair IV Formula was something completely different and very small number of people payed price of 2 mid range motherboards for ASUS ROG.
But now with two nice motherboard Rampage V Extreme and Rampage V Edition 10 I try to stay as much possible.
These are my best and favorite motherboards from ASUS. Both version served me well I wait RVE10 6 months with CPU and Memory on table waiting RVE Black Edition, at the end I gave up and both and it was good decision because I would wait 12 months more.
When I lost hope that I will upgrade to RVE10 great opportunity jump in front of me and good chance to start watercooling planning.
Later disappointed with RTX Series price I saw great opportunity to buy ASUS GTX1080Ti Poseidon, and now this RVE10 and Poseidon are mine favorite ASUS products.
I liked and their monitors special 34" but couldn't afford and monitor not belong to my RIG at all, he is out of time and outdated long time ago.
Now Desperately need 4K ASUS Monitor and because saving for DDR5 platform with at least 10 core CPU and Rampage motherboard + DDR5 memory I don't know where to find money to replace this old 1080p junk from 2011, 1080p monitor. I simply don't know how.
But Limited Edition motherboard with i9-9980XE is best award... Jesus, I could imagine.
I have 10th Anniversary ROG Mobo and I'm proud and that's part of reason because I love my mobo and look on her different then on regular series. But 30th Anniversay would be proper change, special with i9-9980XE. Then I could sell my platform and buy monitor.
I had some fanboyism decisions I admit in past with ASUS, example when people couldn't explain me that ASUS ATI Radeon is same as Sapphire ATI Radeon, I wanted ASUS, Then waiting half years with parts to ASUS launch Black version of motherboard, I afraid when I buy normal I will not be able to replace...Really funny behavior.
This is picture from two last ASUS ROG Hardware and my favorite ASUS ROG Hardware of all time, RVE10 + GTX1080Ti Poseidon.
I have more pictures, but RIG is not finished yet, cable management, little change in loop need, to back filters and glass on place.