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Converging on Shanghai - ACON4 Final and ABIT and Kingston Factories (Page 9)

By Cameron Wilmot from Jun 14, 2004 @ 23:00 CDT

ABIT Factory Tour in Suzhou - Testing and R&D Centre



Before the motherboards go much further along the line, they are checked very basically to ensure they actually work. "Got signal? Good, move on!"



We move onto another section of the factory - the basic testing area. In the first shot, you can see one of the environmental testing machines which ensure if the motherboard can operate at temperatures from 0 - 40C and a range of different humidified levels for an extended time from 24 - 96 hours.


ABIT mentioned soon these machines will be replaced with better environmental testing machines which are able to test between -40C and 70C. This just goes to show the extremes (literally) ABIT are going to so they can develop their brand name as a high quality and reliable motherboard provider.



In the shot above, the machines are tested under normal temperatures to ensure reliability. All motherboards which pass through this factory are tested for a minimum of 24 hours. In another area of the factory (which we didn't have time to visit), certain batches of ABIT motherboards are torture tested for a minimum of 130 hours to ensure reliability (there's that word again).





Before leaving the factory, a few of us sneaked into ABIT's R&D Centre to take a few happy snaps. A handful of employees did their best to look busy coming up with new ideas as we ventured into the smallish room to take a closer look at the operation.


I was quite intrigued by a sign on one of the walls (as pictured above), which said the following:


"Rule One: Customer is always right. Rule Two: When customer is not right, reread Rule One"


Yes, the reviewer is always right! The reviewer is always right! :)




We all gathered outside after a farewell from the ABIT staff and then moved onto the Kingston factory. The security guard did not move a muscle.


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