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Break In: We Sneak into Gigabyte's Factory

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The break in!

While we were in Taiwan, Gigabyte invited us to attend its overclocking event. The event, which was won by Team USA, had lots of spectators as well as competitors. It was crowded. It had a lot of Gigabyte's own employees attending. It was the perfect place for us to carry out our plan. The event, while exciting, left us wondering: what is it about the Gigabyte motherboards that makes them one of most popular choices for overclocking? How are they made?

Secret Agent Codename: KobeSecret Agent Codename: Kobe
Little did Gigabyte know, our Gigabyte overclocking coverage crew of two, was actually myself, and one other. I went along with Agent codenamed "Kobe"--our THSA, or Tom's Hardware Secret Agent, to a Gigabyte production facility to get a good look at just what motherboards and graphics cards go through.

While the competitors were busy overclocking their systems, we knew that many of Gigabyte's employees would either be at the competition, or at Gigabyte's booth during Computex hours. My partner in crime and I visited Gigabyte at the Taipei 101 tower and was given a "Media" badge to wear so that we could go through security.

After frequently going up and down the tower, we were passed a "Staff" badge by accident. No one seemed to have noticed. Now, we had two badges. As you leave the area, badges must be returned to security. When you return, you can pick up your badge again.

As the overclocking event picked up and more people gathered, we decided it was the perfect chance for us to sneak out. With both a Media badge and Staff badge in our possession, we exited. Security requested us to hand over our badge as usual. We nodded and took the Media badge out of our pocket, gave it over, and waved. Things were going to plan.

With taxi cabs everywhere in Taipei, it wasn't difficult for us to make our escape. And so we did.

We jumped into the taxi, handed them a Gigabyte business card with an address on it--since we can't speak Mandarin--and then sat back and enjoyed the ride to Gigabyte HQ.

Once there, I instructed my accomplice, my secret agent to infiltrate the office building. She was to make her way over to the production area, and take as many photos as possible.

Click here or on the photo to see what she revealed!

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    maverick7 , June 16, 2009 8:12 PM
    The woman in the picture is really attractive. Just though i should throw that out there.
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    maverick7 , June 16, 2009 8:12 PM
    The woman in the picture is really attractive. Just though i should throw that out there.
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 8:17 PM
    Tuan's gonna beat you up for that... she's probably his gf :lol: 
    Yea very stereotypical... let the lady go in because they are less likely to get questioned if seen lol. Did you guys get caught or seen by anyone? Careful when opening the next package gigabyte sends you to review... they may booby trap it (lol 'booby' :rolleyes:) 
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    the_one111 , June 16, 2009 8:25 PM
    Damn teh ninjaz, always stealin' mah secretive planz.

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    vider , June 16, 2009 8:34 PM
    What is this?
    We're not Saturday yet. Aren't this kind of articles supposed to be published on Saturdays?

    My god. *long sigh*
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    falchard , June 16, 2009 8:43 PM
    I have one very important question that demands answering.

    "IS SHE SINGLE!?!?!?!?!"
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    tuannguyen , June 16, 2009 8:48 PM
    ViDERWhat is this? We're not Saturday yet. Aren't this kind of articles supposed to be published on Saturdays?My god. *long sigh*


    No. The tour isn't a joke.

    Click the link and find out! ;) 
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    hellwig , June 16, 2009 8:50 PM
    Always fun to see how these things are made.

    How'd you get the pictures out of the building after she was caught, Eye-fi? Hopefully they nabbed the other person in pic 20 taking pictures too. Bad day for Gigabyte security. Corporate Espionage is funny.

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    computabug , June 16, 2009 8:53 PM
    falchardI have one very important question that demands answering."IS SHE SINGLE!?!?!?!?!"

    No... :(  Tuan's got her
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    lunan , June 16, 2009 8:58 PM
    oh lol...i though there are articles about gigabyte taiwan already?
    if im not wrong..**cough**guru**cough**3d**cough
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    hellokitty79 , June 16, 2009 9:01 PM
    Great article Tuan!!!

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    dirty69 , June 16, 2009 9:25 PM
    It's nice to see how these PCB are manufacture
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    tuannguyen , June 16, 2009 9:58 PM
    Thanks guys!

    If you like this article, I can do more Break In articles hehe. :) 

    / Tuan
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 10:09 PM
    Yes please! :3
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    NuclearShadow , June 16, 2009 11:34 PM
    Note to self when seeking a new wife visit Taiwan.
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    IronRyan21 , June 17, 2009 12:31 AM
    Can I be a Tom's Hardware Secret Agent? pls :) 
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    tuannguyen , June 17, 2009 2:37 AM
    ljbadeThis is rubbish, Gigabyte ran a factory tour for the press at the end of Computex. There was no breaking in! In fact this site has very similar photos and doesn't pretend it was secret http://www.guru3d.com/article/giga [...] ory-tour/1That is why it was posted on a Saturday, it was fake!


    In case you didn't get the tone of the article, the "break in" was a joke. Like I said above, the tour is real. And if you were actually there on the tour, you would know who Sherri is. This page is just an opener for the tour picture story.

    And this was posted today, because the tour isn't fake. This is suppose to be a fun + informative read. If you didn't walk away with any value from it, my apologies!

    / Tuan
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    svenolsen , June 17, 2009 2:40 AM
    ljbade take a chill pill. with some common sense you can tell the intro was just for fun, the pics are obviously real. one or two of the pics even have other people taking pics. did you really think Tom's Hardware would go and break into some company's headquarters? come over to troll from g3d did we?