Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp
Technically they don't actually make their SSDs, liquid coolers, PSUs, or RAM... they just package an OEM's work and put their warranty and branding on it.
I really hate this comment. I'm sorry man, but if you knew the countless hours we've all spent at the office tweaking every single product, working on the specs and performance, evaluating stuff like SSD firmware revisions, PCB layouts, chip sorting, housing durability, liquid cooling MTBF with various types of hoses, noise to static pressure to airflow ratios on hundreds of different fan blades from custom CAD designs, how many hours our PSU engineers have spent refining and modifying component choices to meet specific ripple or voltage regulation requirements, modification of esoteric specs like fan hysteresis, working on the mechanical designs of memory heatsinks to make sure they actually stay together and function as they're supposed to while looking good at the same time, you would understand the work required.
Yeah, we do use contract manufacturers. You have to, our industry just isn't big enough to own our own Foxconn-sized plant. But to say all we do is make warranties and stickers - man, it's just completely dishonest.
I'm sorry if I came across harsh here, but when I read comments like that I wonder why I stay up until 2am on conference calls with our manufacturers in around the world and then get up at 6am to go to work the next day and fix something as small as whether or not the fan controller on some future case can auto-sense temperature and adjust accordingly for the price point we're trying to hit.
Please give credit where it's due. A lot of people buy something off the shelf, slap a sticker on it, and call it a day. We don't do that.
It's one thing if you don't like our products. That I can respect. But don't say we're lazy or that we're just packaging somebody else's work. If you saw the raw stuff we get before we spend months (or sometimes years) improving it for the market, you'd understand why we do the things we do and why our products are more expensive than the off-the-shelf stuff you can find.