Rare Footage of Gigabyte's "Black Edition" Testing Facility

Editor's Note: While Computex took place last week and all of the news announcements are behind us, we're still sorting through hundreds of in-person meetings and demonstrations, picking out just a few more of the most interesting items we saw up close.

Gigabyte makes a number of products with the "Black Edition" label, which, in Gigabyte parlance, means that the product has been tested for at least 168 hours – seven full days. This testing occurs in a facility owned and operated by Gigabyte, and is meant to ensure the durability and reliability of certain products. Only after the products make it through this harsh testing process do they get approved and sent to distribution.

While at Computex 2014, we came across a video fragment showing off this testing facility. This video is made by taking a picture every minute for 24 hours, and then playing it in a time-lapse.

The Gigabyte representative who gave us the clip told us we were only allowed to post it if nothing funny or out of the ordinary happened in the clip, to which we sarcastically responded that we'd post it especially if there's something funny. To our disappointment, there wasn't. Still, it's interesting to watch, and it gets particularly pretty when nighttime hits and the lighting is turned off. (Or maybe you can find something out of the ordinary that we couldn't.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • DarkSable
    The most expensive ambient lighting in the world.

    I also like the giant fan that's making papers ruffle a good 20 feet from it.
  • singemagique
    Does this mean they mine with the GPUs for a week before sending them out?
  • dgingeri
    Who cares when they can't even write a decently stable bios?
  • dovah-chan
    cool I guess
  • nebun
    i am a little confuse....what are they testing?
  • Amdlova
    first gigabyte Mine everycoin and Send to store for a Big premium price. Win two times :)
  • urbanman2004
    Who cares when they can't even write a decently stable bios?
    Fuck their BIOS. Their products are cheaply made. I wouldn't touch it w/ a 10 ft pole.
  • antilycus
    Sadly, i agree. I have purchase about 100 Asus mother boards. I purchased 1 Gigabyte motheboard for a customer and that machine has given me more problems than any other. BSOD every freaking week.
  • beetlejuicegr
    hahahaha Really mr Tomshardware, you didn't notice that "huge pro state of the art" SIMPLE HUGE FAN in the center up corridor? is this the way they cool the room haha :) That is the most strange thing i saw in a tech facility
  • kyle382
    so, you get a slightly more used card for a premium price? lol modern return policies make this kind of testing obsolete. No matter where you buy there is probably a 15+ day return on DOA and I hope your already buying a brand that has a warranty anyway....wtf.