Gigabyte Out-Ships Asus in Q1 2015

During the first quarter of 2015, Gigabyte shipped more motherboards than its main rival, Asus. Gigabyte ended the January-March period with motherboard shipments of up to 4.8 million units, while Asus only managed 4.5 million units.

With demand low across Europe and China, motherboard manufacturers, such as MSI, ECS, and Biostar are expected to see a decline in shipments over 2015, while Asustek and Gigabyte specifically – the top two mobo vendors in the world – are expected to miss their 20 million-unit shipping target for the year, since projections for the first half of the year are projected at 9 million units.

The drop in motherboard sales is attributed to the rise of tablets and smartphones, which has shrunk the PC market significantly. ASRock, which is estimated to ship between 2.8-3.2 million units in the first half of 2015, is already making moves into the gaming notebook market in an effort to compensate for shrinking motherboard demand.

Source: DigiTimes

Reliable Tech – Hardware Repair Rate Rankings Released

As computer enthusiasts often get hostile about their favorite brands warranties, returns and reliability, we’ve just been given an insight into hardware failure and warranty rates across popular technology manufacturers.

Only just being released but complied with data relevant prior to October 2014, these statistics will show the top four performers in each category.

Starting with motherboards, the results read:

  • GIGABYTE: 2.51%
  • MSI: 2.65%
  • ASUS: 2.86%
  • ASRock: 2.99%

Before you grab your pitchforks and book the next-leaving flight to the island country of Taiwan, take a close look at the results and think about what you see. The first thing noticeable is that all four of these figures are land within a 0.5% margin, which is a pretty impressive result. Another interesting fact is that of ASUS’s ranking. We’ve just reported that ASUS are looking to out-sell all other brands in 2014, followed next by GIGABYTE, but looking at these statistics shows they aren’t the most reliable.

As with many other things in life (even including CS:GO tournaments), these broad spectrum statistics aren’t a be-all and end-all. Obviously it’s a little damaging for ASRock to be places last in the race and GIGABYTE are sure to have some PR bragging rights given their first place rating – but warranty tracking is often a fickle thing.

If you wish to see the full list of rankings and percentages (and have a translating app or add-on handy), please feel free to check a list compiled here (in Chinese), or the full comprehensive list (in French).

Power supply rankings came in at:

  • FSP Group: 0.83%
  • Be Quiet!: 0.84%
  • Corsair: 1.32%
  • Cooler Master: 1.51% 

The memory (RAM) rankings are:

  • Kingston: 0.36% 
  • Crucial: 0.57%
  • G.Skill: 0.97%
  • Corsair: 1.20%

Graphics card failure rates are slightly higher than any other statistic – ranking from 5.09% down to 2.25%.

  • MSI: 2.25%
  • Gainward: 2.67%
  • GIGABYTE: 2.98%
  • ASUS: 3.00%

It’s also interesting to note that there’s a rather large (in comparison) failure rate here reported of the Radeon R9 280X – coming in at 8.81%.

Hard Drive manufacturers have reported:

  • Seagate: 0.69%
  • Western Digital: 0.93% 
  • HGST: 1.01% (former Hitachi)
  • Toshiba: 1.29%

SSD’s saw most of the lowest rates of failure and a very close race within the top 3:

  • Samsung: 0.24%
  • Intel:  0.27%
  • Sandisk: 0.29%
  • Crucial: 0.57%

Please note that this statistical data has been taken from French online dealers, meaning some companies were not included due to their product sample being too small to manage. But either way this gives you a pretty fair comparison of companies units as a whole.

Coming from my own experience, as a person who’s previously worked in a hardware manufacturing company for 4 years, here’s a few things I’ve noticed about this warranty/failure rate subject:

  • Not every end user will warranty their broken products
  • Warranty percentages can often be skewed by a bad batch of products due to shipment, storage or factory error
  • Warranty percentages are not always reported, double checked, nor stock-taken

Rankings thanks to Hardware.fr

HTC One Gold Unibody Priced at $4,420

For those who are willing to spend thousands of dollars on black-marketed iPhone 5S “Champagne” trim, and mistakenly referring to it as “the gold iPhone,” you might as well step the tempo by a few notches and cash out £2,750 (US $4,420) on a HTC One that’s unmistakably gold. To clarify a few things, the HTC One Gold Unibody is not related to the gold – “colored” HTC One, which could see a wider launch later this year.

HTC UK announced five genuine gold unibody HTC One smartphones for all of the country, priced at that scorching price. Gold dons pretty much all parts aluminium does on the original, including its panels, and main frame. We’re talking about solid sheets of 18-karat gold here, not electroplated aluminium. The black mast line coupled with the piano black front bezel contrasts gold in way Sam Sparro would more than approve of.

The device was made in a partnership with Goldgenie, who has actually been selling gold, platinum, and rose gold HTC One units for a few months now. Sure, they are overpriced and only millionaire enthusiasts should think about buying one, but they are always available if you have the resources.

To be noted however, there will be only 5 HTC One Gold Unibody devices worldwide, so if you truly are thinking of buying one, you best start scraping your bank accounts early.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NextPowerUp.