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That's why I like Newegg. I know people say to ignore the comments but I'll dig through a lot of the comments, to see how adept the person is. Depending on the product, since some things I'm not in it for performance or features. HDDs, I just check to see if they fail but I'd surely trust an open review platform (newegg) than going to professional sites as that is the random every day man getting the product.

I agree - but some companies will have their sharks baited there surely

And like you I use Newegg as one of my tools thumb.gif
post #12 of 117
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I agree - but some companies will have their sharks baited there surely

And like you I use Newegg as one of my tools thumb.gif

Yeah, I put that into the equation. I've also taken a few questionable purchases, sometimes you have to be risky. I don't like people who go "I'll only buy from a reputable source that has good reviews". I wouldn't advise somebody that (helping build or building a computer), but this was for my personal build so I take full responsibility. I just think it's nice to take a chance and find out how a product performs. My Mushkin ram was found through newegg reviews. =) Even though the first batch had to be sent back, the 2nd batch came in perfect and has had no issues.

Oddly, it was my first RMA for a bad part from Newegg ever. Haha, so at first I was like "OMG this isn't good". I've then just chalked it up to my good luck running out, everyone gets a bad product even from a good source. Life happens. I don't even bother to read reviews or get advice from here, because too many people have shown a bias or love for a specific product. Heck, was told my MB would burn out unlocking my CPU. 4 years later and it's not only unlocked the CPU but it has done so with no complaints. If I would have listened and read up, probably would have spent a ton more. ASRock was also a questionable buy at the time, reviews said it was solid on newegg. I think it ended up being solid.
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Well, I've been saying this for quite some time now.
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I think the same kind of attention needs to go into the CPU reviews as well. I find that those are far more variable because the platforms that review sites use are almost always different.

This was a good read, however.
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post #15 of 117
This is why consumers need to read many reviews and develop a consensus.
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post #16 of 117
I sense the growing pressure to add frametime to GPU reviews. FPS numbers aren't enough anymore.
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Thread Starter 
what caught my attention from my personal experience:
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Consumers/Readers:
You are the most important stakeholder in this entire scenario. You pay the bills of the review sites who you visit. You keep manufacturers in business with purchases. It sadly isn't enough to assume that each is doing all they can. Don't just stare at graphs, pay attention to the entire article... read it and when you see a quality review, spread the word. If you don't understand something or think that additional tests would be worthwhile join the forum/comments system and ask questions or comment. Any worthwhile site will love constructive comments/questions. (That's another warning sign... if sites moderate their comments on articles what are they trying to hide and what valid comments are you not seeing?) Just as important as reading, commenting and getting involved in the production of better content... when you see a sub-standard article question it and spread the word of that too.

i had spent a bit of time on another forum and didn't pay too much attention to the articles. but when i started to pay attention and asked questions about the testing methods, or really lack of an explanation of the testing methods, and how the data was collected and presented i would get usually one of three replies:

1) you didn't read the article.
2) you can't seem understand the article.
3) i am working on a future article to explain that.

i'd get the trifecta if i continued to comment. if someone can't explain what and how they test, organized the data and presented it in understandable matter, why am i reading it?

maybe i am just a cynic who thought to have seen people cherry pick data and present it on a silver plate when really it was just a pile of steaming fecal matter on someone's finger.
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post #18 of 117
So... turns out there are lazy people, regular driver updates, and a wide variety of CPU's....

Who knew.
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I bet this site do the same things they are complaining about.

Wait wait wait wait... This site is and always has been an absolute 100% joke to me. Of all the sites I think are horrible, this one takes the cake.

This is the site that gives every item they test at least a 9/10 and gives it an award...

They have absolutely NO room to criticize other websites. Manufacturers and vendors only send products to Hardware Heaven for the awards.
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They have absolutely NO room to criticize other websites. Manufacturers and vendors only send products to Hardware Heaven for the awards.
It's very rare that you actually see reviews say negative things about products. They stop sending you things if you do that. Tom Logan had some problems getting things from NZXT because he said that some of their stuff was awful.
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