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OCZ Technology adds Hypersonic-PC to its portfolio

Since its restructuring in 2002, OCZ Technology has branched away from its core offerings of RAM and power supplies into peripherals like its Equalizer gaming mouse and cooling components like the OCZ Hydrojet as well.

DailyTech reported several months ago about the purchase of the high-quality power supply manufacturer PC Power & Cooling by OCZ, which bought more engineering talent to the OCZ team along with a well-established and respected brand name in the PC community.

Today OCZ will announce its acquisition of performance gaming PC system builder Hypersonic PC. This will give OCZ an instant foothold in the high-performance PC market by adding a boutique builder of laptop and desktop computers to its product line. It would be no stretch to expect Hypersonic-PC systems start to use OCZ components like RAM and power supplies exclusively.

Ryan Petersen, OCZ CEO says, “OCZ’s goal is to deliver the highest performing products to consumers whether that is with premium components or total solutions. We are delighted to welcome Hypersonic PC, a company and brand well known for their commitment to enthusiasts into the OCZ fold."

He added, "Together with the additional resources of OCZ Technology, Hypersonic-PC will be able to develop and infuse even more innovation and cutting edge designs and features into the brand’s leading-edge enthusiast and gaming desktop and mobile offering.”

OCZ and Hypersonic stress the new partnership will almost exclusively focus on high-end boutique notebooks and desktops; a niche previously filled by Dell's Alienware and HP's VoodooPC.

VoodooPC founder and HP global gaming CTO Rahul Sood gave DailyTech his candid opinion on the acquisition.  "I'm surprised, but not totally surprised.  The guys at Hypersonic are really cool, and they are very deserving of their success.  I respect them immensely and wish them well."


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Ah, hell.
By Joz on 10/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: Ah, hell.
By shaw on 10/25/2007 7:09:58 PM , Rating: 2
And do you have any real reason to backup your dislike of OCZ or is it pure fanboy hatred?


RE: Ah, hell.
By Samus on 10/25/2007 7:49:01 PM , Rating: 1
As a microsoft certified system builder, it consultant and ex-ford engineer (yea, that's pointless, but noteworthy ;) I have had good experience with OCZ's myself, all the way back to the SDRAM days. I can't say much for their power supplies because I've never owned one, but I have used their memory products for almost 10 years and have never had one DOA or fail.


RE: Ah, hell.
By Tsuwamono on 10/25/07, Rating: 0
RE: Ah, hell.
By xeltor on 10/26/2007 10:20:15 AM , Rating: 2
Care to point out a better certification in that field?


RE: Ah, hell.
By Jodiuh on 10/25/2007 9:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
I remember hearing of some pretty serious accusations early on in OCZ's life. If anyone has info, I'd love to read about it again.

FWIW, my Powerstream 520's gotta be my fav...aside from this shiny new PC P&C 610 Silencer. :D


RE: Ah, hell.
By calyth on 10/26/2007 1:32:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well since OCZ is now a much bigger RAM manufacturer than it used to be, I think I can say that their Platinum Dual Channel Rev 2 DDR2-800 2x1GB product isn't up to my expectation at the price point.

Firstly, their products are STILL not SPD programmed at the stock rating. When they were a small shop that buy RAM, test it to a higher speed rating for stability, and put a label and charge you accordingly, I can accept that. The RAM that I've outlined required 1.9V at stock DDR2-800 4-4-4-15 operation. However, the SPD using CPU-Z reads 5-5-5-15 at 1.8V, leaving the motherboard to use 1.8V, which is not actually stable at DDR2-800 stock speeds.

For an OC from and AMD X2 4000+ to around 4600+ (which is a relatively meager 300-400MHz OC, the RAM required to be run at 2.1V, and Windows would BSOD on load.

Yes, I understand that you guys would say that I have a lousy board for OC (and it probably is), but for a moment, looking past that I'm not after an extremely high OC, having to require manual intervention for even stock speeds, for voltage adjustment no less, is enough to look to other manufacturers. Am I not capable of reading and setting it manually? No - I found out the settings and applied it. It doesn't mean that I would have to like it for a stock rating.

Kingston may not be cheap, but I've had good experience and good warranty coverage from them, they paid FedEx both ways. I've use Mushkin for my laptop with no problems and no stability problems due to SPD programming.

I'll pass from OCZ RAM from now on.


RE: Ah, hell.
By sammi12 on 10/26/2007 10:51:07 PM , Rating: 2
I've actually had the exact opposite experience. I'm not a system builder but I do build a lot of systems for friends and family. Recently I have been upgrading a lot of notebooks as well. Last month I had issues with Mushkin memory, but what really got me was the difficulty I had getting service and support. Just getting a knowledgeable tech on the phone was a pain. Ultimately I just returned the modules the modules to Frys. At which point I purchased both Corsair and OCZ offerings, one of which you mentioned the Platinum Rev2. Originally I'll admit I was attracted to both becuase they had mail in rebates. But what won me over is that as I was building the systems I actually had issues which later turned out to be bios related, but both companies provided me excellent service. I am local and a tech rep named Sean actually invited me to bring my system in and he helped me get the bios flashed and overclock the rig with optimal settings.

I too have had a good experience with Kingston as well, but OCZ has a customer for life in me with the level of service they provided. If you want memory that is easy to plug and play then try the Corsair or OCZ EPP product. The stuff just plain works.

So, I'll pass on that Mushkin memory. Service and support is just as important to me as the product itself.


RE: Ah, hell.
By azander on 10/25/2007 7:52:03 PM , Rating: 4
Hello Joz, if there are any products that you have had any issue with just email support and reference me (Alex) and I'll be more than happy to take care of you. We have very strict quality control procedures, and our phone and forum support teams are dedicated to taking care of all our customers.


RE: Ah, hell.
By RampantGnome on 10/25/2007 9:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
For what it is worth, I recently had an issue with some OCZ RAM that I wasn't even aware my warranty covered and so far the RMA process has been my most pleasant ever.


RE: Ah, hell.
By DerwenArtos12 on 10/26/2007 8:40:09 AM , Rating: 2
OCZ has by far and away been one of the best companies to work with as far as support goes. When I building my first computer in high school I went all out(as the lack of any real bills made it possible at the time) got a DFI Lanparty NF2 and some stupid fast, and expensive, OCZ DDR and got way over my head pretty quick in trying to tweak it and I think I just about had my own DFI and OCZ reps for almost a month. I've never since had any level of support to rival that from ANY other company and I've built nearly 300 systems since. I, personally, think an OCZ/DFI merger could produce a company to be contended with. With the engineering talent and sheer manpower now owned by OCZ they could really help DFI step up a notch with their timliness and the engineers at DFI could push their attention to detail throughout the OCZ brands. Just about the only thing that company wouldn't be building would be video cards. Talk about a great oportunity for OCZ's newest buyout, they could use entirely in house products cutting costs slightly while still offering the highest level of performance. But, I digress, yay for OCZ and all that stuff.


RE: Ah, hell.
By aharris on 10/26/2007 10:50:19 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft cert - been using OCZ memory for overclocking my home PC for years. Only once had an issue with a DIMM that was damaged in shipping, but never had an issue with their products.


Good for OCZ, but not for the future?
By TheDiceman on 10/25/2007 4:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
I look at buyout such as this as both a blessing and a curse. Hypersonic has a middle ground reputation as far as product quality goes and I think the OCZ buyout will help raise standards. However, I dislike that the custom PC botiques are slowing being bought up by larger corporations because it will, in teh long run, kill off any future startup custom botiques since there will be no way to compete with the lower cost margins of these larger parent corporations (this is especially an issue in the Alienware and VooDOo buyouts).




RE: Good for OCZ, but not for the future?
By semo on 10/25/2007 5:16:37 PM , Rating: 2
that's pretty much true for any product sector. who would be crazy enough to try to break into the mainstream markets of say:
road cars
x86 processors
gpus (e.g. s3 graphics. are they still alive?)
televisions
fossil fuels
console games (e.g. the phantom)


RE: Good for OCZ, but not for the future?
By TheDiceman on 10/25/2007 5:26:23 PM , Rating: 2
Botique computers never have been a mainstream market, always niche. It has ben a market you could step into as long as you wanted to front the initial investment. When the major botique companies begin to be bought out this harms the sector as being an otherwise entrepeneur friendly enterprise.


By semo on 10/25/2007 5:43:19 PM , Rating: 3
it's getting harder and harder to get a free lunch these days.


RE: Good for OCZ, but not for the future?
By Johnmcl7 on 10/25/2007 10:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't quite the same though, Hypersonic don't make their own notebooks they sell (or used to) Clevo based machines.

John


By TheDiceman on 10/26/2007 12:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree, it doesn't matter where the computer base comes from, larger companies breaking into the boutique market hurt the little man since they can always afford to sell at a lower price point aiming to make up profits with quantity sales.


Great news
By Screwballl on 10/25/2007 4:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is what is needed in the market, more competition. OCZ is in the position to compete.




RE: Great news
By azander on 10/25/2007 4:15:47 PM , Rating: 2
Since it is my first post in this thread, I'll indentify myself as an employee of OCZ Technology.

Thanks for the kinds words, we are very excited about this latest acquisition, and are committed to not only maintaining the great work that Hypersonic has done all these years but just as with the PC Power acquisition, provide the company with even more resources in which to develop, innovate, and deliver solutions to consumers. Building on a shared understanding and mutual enthusiasm for leading-edge computer technology, Hypersonic PC will now represent the system division of the OCZ Technology Group.


RE: Great news
By mdogs444 on 10/25/2007 5:08:26 PM , Rating: 2
Hi azander -

I just wanted to let you know that I have had nothing but positive experiences when it comes to OCZ. In fact, I am a frequent at OCForums (overclockers.com) where another OCZ employee who goes by the name SteveOCZ (i think) is a very helpful person when it comes to memory and tweaking your system just right. Proves that some people & some companies do go above and beyond for customer service.

I have not heard of the PC company aquired by OCZ, but with OCZ & PC Power & Cooling all together, there is nothing but good that can come from purchasing a PC from you guys. Many PC builders just peice together random parts with good specs and throw them together, that is not performance in my book. I can imagine what types of PC's you can build out of your existing product line. I just hope that they are a bit more affordable than the other high performance places: alienware, velocity, etc.

What we really need is a company that puts its own parts into their computers, knows how to support their target market (overclockers and performance enthusiasts), and can do so affordably so we all can enjoy your products.

Good luck on the future venture!


RE: Great news
By azander on 10/25/2007 6:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for the very kind words mdogs444. I love to hear from customers like yourself and I’ll be sure to pass that along to Steve, who is in my team here. We have tech and forum support teams dedicated to helping customers get the most out of their hardware. We want to make sure that our customers have a great post purchase experience, and have extended that throughout the group.

I understand what you are saying regarding a wider range of products. For now there won’t be any immediate changes to the product line other than more resources for development. As with the PC Power acquisition we believe that there is a reason for the success of the organization and we highly respect what the company has done in the past to become the brand they are today. That said, you can be sure that there will be even more exciting offerings in the future, stay tuned.


RE: Great news
By Tegeril on 10/25/2007 7:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
On a similar note, I'd like to say that I've had one major positive experience with Hypersonic PC since I got my laptop in 2004. Build quality was excellent and service was fantastic through the life of the warranty.

An excellent company to acquire.


Not sure about this move...
By Eurasianman on 10/25/2007 4:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
A fellow co-worker ordered a laptop from HyperSonic and they never got the order right after 6 months. And apparently, they also have a bad reputation with the Better Business Bureau.

http://www.newyork.bbb.org/reports/businessreports...

Perhaps OCZ can help them get their act together...




RE: Not sure about this move...
By azander on 10/25/2007 4:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the heads up. Customer service is something we really take seriously, and one of the areas that we are lending expertise to and staffing up as we speak is in this very area. If a customer invests in a premium solution then he/she should absolutely also expect the very best post sale service and support.


RE: Not sure about this move...
By TheDiceman on 10/25/2007 5:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well that is good to hear, however only time will tell. Being someone who works with computer service both on the voice support and actual reapir fronts I know first hand it is not an easy thing to do well. I honestly cannot comment on the quality of OCZs current service as their products have (in the past) been out of my price range.


RE: Not sure about this move...
By Michael Hoffman on 10/25/2007 9:00:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hypersonic has a good lifetime rating over at resellerratings.com.

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Hypersonic_PC...


RE: Not sure about this move...
By The Jedi on 10/27/2007 11:09:56 AM , Rating: 2
Looks to be a bit of damning link! :) Low-ish Past-Six-Months rating. Two "Very Dissatisfied" reviews so far - See Ya!


NYSE?
By Rav3n on 10/25/2007 11:02:27 PM , Rating: 2
OCZ is listed on the London Stock Exchange, but when are they going to be listed on the NYSE? That could be fun, no?




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