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Intel PC Mod Expo

Intel PC Mod Expo

"Got Dremel?" - Intel has brought PC Modding to China with help from bit-tech.

While bit-tech has been modding for 7 years now, the wonder of PC customisation has only recently spread to China. This year will see a huge explosion in the Chinese modding community and Intel China is doing a lot to raise awareness within its domestic market.

It wanted to showcase the world's best case mods to the local modders to inspire them to create the next generation of Chinese case mod designs. Of course, when they asked the question "who has the best case mods in the world?" there was only one answer: bit-tech.net!

We are here in Beijing today with some of the best mods we have published over the years, as well as their creators:

  • Magnus Persson ([WP@]WOLVERINE) - Puzzlebox 2.0
  • Gert Swolfs (Joungne) - Hypercube
  • Nicholas Falzone (greensabbath) - Sangaku
  • Mikael Gustafsson (GoTaLL) - Dragon Head, and a custom-painted Intel laptop.

Also joining this group are two of the best Asian modders: Li Yiqi, and and Zong Sanchuan. A Chinese design firm, eazo studio, is also present.

Gathering for the press conference this afternoon is the who's who of Chinese media, including more than a dozen newspapers, local variants of FHM and T3 magazines as well as all the top technical and gaming press. Also present are no fewer than four TV crews including CCTV9. Western media includes Dow Jones News Wires, Bloomberg and of course, bit-tech.net.

Our modders will talk about both their individual mods and what modding means in general to them, as well as some of their experiences. Intel is using the event not only to showcase modding and its Core microarchitecture to China, but also to announce its support for the art and industry of modding in general. This marks probably the largest company to date that has stepped into the modding ring, and we welcome the support - we can't wait to see the impact that such a large company (and country) can bring to our favourite hobby.

Of course, I'll be covering the event in more detail with a recap at the end of our week-long trip. Until then, feel free to post your thoughts on the progress of modding worldwide and Intel's recognition of it here in our forums..

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culley 15th May 2007, 06:21 Quote
I would of thought that modding was already quite big in asia?
DougEdey 15th May 2007, 07:03 Quote
I wonder how their project logs will translate...
woodshop 15th May 2007, 07:05 Quote
So Bit-Tech flew them over there?
DougEdey 15th May 2007, 07:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by woodshop
So Bit-Tech flew them over there?
Doubt it, they'll whack em in a container with enough food and water for half the journey ;)
DarkLord7854 15th May 2007, 07:09 Quote
Surprised Orac3 wasn't included
Da Dego 15th May 2007, 08:11 Quote
Pete (along with WMD and Orac3) was invited. Unfortunately, due to personal commitments he was unable to join us out here. :(
Duste 15th May 2007, 08:40 Quote
Chinese design firm, eh? Sounds exciting. :D
perplekks45 15th May 2007, 08:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Duste
Chinese design firm, eh? Sounds exciting. :D
:D
Wonder when the first Hypercube³ will be released in China. Or a 'new' Puzzlebox. ;)
BioSniper 15th May 2007, 08:54 Quote
Not trying to be specifically harsh or stereotypical here but; aren't we just going to wind up seeing loads of clones?
A lot of their commercial market is literally based around ripping off other peoples designs and selling it. How long before they just clone some of the best/greatest mods out there then start selling them on a large basis if it takes off?
DarkLord7854 15th May 2007, 12:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by BioSniper
Not trying to be specifically harsh or stereotypical here but; aren't we just going to wind up seeing loads of clones?
A lot of their commercial market is literally based around ripping off other peoples designs and selling it. How long before they just clone some of the best/greatest mods out there then start selling them on a large basis if it takes off?


Bad quality cheap clones :P
Can you imagine the water-cooling leaks? :)
Dr. Strangelove 15th May 2007, 14:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by BioSniper
Not trying to be specifically harsh or stereotypical here but; aren't we just going to wind up seeing loads of clones?
A lot of their commercial market is literally based around ripping off other peoples designs and selling it. How long before they just clone some of the best/greatest mods out there then start selling them on a large basis if it takes off?
I think the real question is, does it matter if someone clones it? I mean we all know who did it first / made the original. Would the fact that someone decided to "clone" your invention not only be a recognition of your awesome mod? Also does most people not really mod for their own benefit? sure we show off our mods here and get praises, suggestions ect. but really only very few people mod as a profession.
greensabbath 15th May 2007, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove
I think the real question is, does it matter if someone clones it? I mean we all know who did it first / made the original. Would the fact that someone decided to "clone" your invention not only be a recognition of your awesome mod? Also does most people not really mod for their own benefit? sure we show off our mods here and get praises, suggestions ect. but really only very few people mod as a profession.

It only becomes a pain when the make money/get publicity off the clone. Other than that, its a compliment... sorta
DarkLord7854 15th May 2007, 19:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove
I think the real question is, does it matter if someone clones it? I mean we all know who did it first / made the original. Would the fact that someone decided to "clone" your invention not only be a recognition of your awesome mod? Also does most people not really mod for their own benefit? sure we show off our mods here and get praises, suggestions ect. but really only very few people mod as a profession.


We as modders will know.. Will the everyday populace know? Highly unlikely. Will the companies get away with stealing the work of a poor modder? Highly likely.
The_Pope 15th May 2007, 23:55 Quote
You can already see examples of small mods that have been commercialised by manufacturers: LED fans and window-mod hard drives were both invented by the community. However, I can't recall an entire *case* being ripped off.

Most mods (including the ones here in Beijing) involve exotic materials and took 200-1000 hours to build. It would be impossible to replicate with a factory / production line. Nobody has anything to worry about
Spaceraver 16th May 2007, 21:58 Quote
Never say never.. Remember that every car designed in the west has been copied almost down to nuts and bolts.
DarkLord7854 16th May 2007, 22:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Pope
You can already see examples of small mods that have been commercialised by manufacturers: LED fans and window-mod hard drives were both invented by the community. However, I can't recall an entire *case* being ripped off.

Most mods (including the ones here in Beijing) involve exotic materials and took 200-1000 hours to build. It would be impossible to replicate with a factory / production line. Nobody has anything to worry about

I seriously wouldn't bet on that, I'll bet against it though if you wanna take me up on it :D
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