It's really easy: G80 means Cherry MX. G81 means Cherry MY. G83 and G86 means Rubberdome (G83 are customer boards, G86 are Point of Sale). And G84 means Cherry ML.
Only G80 keyboards have MX switches. (But knowing which kind of MX is a lot harder, you need to look at the Suffix for that. On modern USB G80s XPXXX means blacks, XSXXX means Blues, and XQXXX means Clears. I don't know about non USB ones exactly, but XAXXX definitely meant Blacks. I think XFXXX are blues, but I'm not quite sure. The same with the old three letter Suffixes.
Then the first letter tells you about the keycaps. LXXXX means lasered, SXXXX means dye sub, HXXXX means Double Shot, and PXXXX means pad printed. The suffix behind the five letter suffix (insert xzibit pic here) tells you about the color. XXXXX-0 is gray/white XXXXX-2 is black. This can also tell you about the material of the keycaps:
ABS: all Doubleshots, all Pad Printed
PBT: all Dyesubs, all white/grey lasereds
POM: black lasereds
And the last two letters tell you about the Layout.
Everything you need to know about Cherry Boards.
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