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Tom's Hardware Visits PCPartner In Dongguan, China

Tom's Hardware Visits PCPartner In Dongguan, China
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PCPartner. PC...Who?

When a company like Zotac asks us if we’d like to take a tour of its factory, it’s hard to say no. After all, we’re geeks at heart and want to know where our hardware comes from. Besides, you could say we were in the neighborhood anyway, what with Computex and all.

So why did the bus that picked us up at our hotel unload us at PCPartner? Simple. PCPartner is one of those huge companies that’s a big industry player but that you never hear of. Oh, and it also happens to be the organization that owns Zotac.

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    soccerdocks , July 22, 2011 5:21 AM
    Get rid of the "read more" button and just make the text appear all the time and I'll consider actually reading this article.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2011 6:50 AM
    its 300usd per month ...not per shift.....some have much less
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    steelbox , July 22, 2011 11:41 AM
    "We were told that if PCPartner didn’t let them work overtime, most would actually quit and look for other employment."
    Right... let me correct that.
    "We were told that if the employee didn’t accept working overtime, most would actually be fired and forced to look for other employment."
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  • 28 Hide
    soccerdocks , July 22, 2011 5:21 AM
    Get rid of the "read more" button and just make the text appear all the time and I'll consider actually reading this article.
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    yukijin , July 22, 2011 6:25 AM
    300 bucks for a normal 8 hour work day? not a bad paycheck at all.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2011 6:50 AM
    its 300usd per month ...not per shift.....some have much less
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    yukijin , July 22, 2011 6:56 AM
    in that case thats a sweatshop!!!
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    jestersage , July 22, 2011 8:23 AM
    It's pretty fair wage over here (not exactly in Dongguan) especially if you are single. For comparison, thing of $2 Big Macs. I figure those on campus can write off rent, electricity and water (yes, we pay for tap) from their monthly bills as well.
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    memadmax , July 22, 2011 10:39 AM
    Machines making machines... even if its a bunch of chinese chicks =O
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    kikireeki , July 22, 2011 11:17 AM
    I'm curious about the number of suicides per month.
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    EXT64 , July 22, 2011 11:32 AM
    That was neat to see, especially all the standard and harsh endurance testing.
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    steelbox , July 22, 2011 11:41 AM
    "We were told that if PCPartner didn’t let them work overtime, most would actually quit and look for other employment."
    Right... let me correct that.
    "We were told that if the employee didn’t accept working overtime, most would actually be fired and forced to look for other employment."
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    ilysaml , July 22, 2011 12:01 PM
    cool
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    michalmierzwa , July 22, 2011 12:02 PM
    Cheap labor and very monotonous, I think repetition must have psychological consequences on these workers. That would explain why while back some workers committed suicide at Foxconn
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2011 1:14 PM
    Complain more guys... then later on.. dont forget to complain about prices at newegg...!
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    blackened144 , July 22, 2011 1:20 PM
    Sony. Because Caucasians are just too damned tall.
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    gamoniac , July 22, 2011 5:15 PM
    I am impressed with the tests they perform on the products. I will definitely consider Zotac in my next upgrade, and I previously never even consider them. Good marketing strategy and PR effort, Zotac!
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    aje21 , July 22, 2011 5:39 PM
    Quote:
    All parts are not fixed firmly in place, and the cards are theoretically ready for duty.

    From Picture 18 Snappy Solder
    (I assume that all the parts are now fixed firmly in place.)
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    slicedtoad , July 22, 2011 6:10 PM
    i keep reading "PCP partner"
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    11796pcs , July 22, 2011 6:51 PM
    Zotac sorta lost my favor after one of their mini-ITX boards I owned fried one of my Corsair DIMMs and its onboard GPU failed when I wasn't even using it.
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    affroman112 , July 22, 2011 9:06 PM
    I liked the article, but since I work at an electronics plant on the assembly line it just reminds me how much my job sucks. It is extremely repetitive. Interesting to see that they use the same processes that we do though.
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    f-gomes , July 22, 2011 10:54 PM
    Toms, I have to say... I've been a reader since 1997, and have endured all kinds of sh*t with all the evolution of this site. I've coped with it being sold and the subsequent diversity in information and arguably decay in quality, but...
    I JUST CAN'T STAND THIS STUPID LAYOUT, browsing through photos and click 'read more', what the heck is this??? Are you trying to reinvent the wheel????
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2011 10:57 PM
    doctorpink: I guess that's conservatard Reagan economics at it's finest.

    American wages have been stagnant ever since "fair trade" became a Republican buzzword. Importing things from China incurs higher shipping costs that substantially offset cheaper labor. Shipping all of our money overseas creates inflation. Taking those 3 undeniable facts into the equation, if we did make things here, we'd actually be able to afford them, even if more expensive, because we'd all have good paying jobs.

    People used the same argument against abolishing slavery (the previous art of cheap labor), and I don't recall that destroying our country and causing Newegg's prices to skyrocket.
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