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Along with continuing to ignore that HH's article is responding to them being absolutely blasted by Massman about the horrendous quality of their reviews (Thanks bassplayer for the initial link, as well as the quote, now we have it in this thread three times and still being completely ignored!), some of y'all seem to believe that reviewers should base their reviews on other people's experience.
That's fine, you're welcome to an opinion. However I disagree rather strongly.

A reviewer can only correctly review a piece of hardware in front of him. I cannot write a PSU review based on random experiences of random people, that results in Newegg type reviews. Useless.
I can only review the specific unit that I have.

Sometimes that coincides perfectly with the general populace's experiences, other times I get a good unit and many people and other reviewers get a bad unit (NEX1500 for instance). I can only review what I have, I cannot review something I cannot test personally.
Other times I get a unit that has one in a large number problems. The NZXT HALE90V2 1200w at Overclockers.com is a beautiful example of that. They got dinged due to issues with the specific units they sent me, when the line in general and the units that other reviewers got are fantastic.

To DrFPS: You're replying to the wrong dude.
That said, as a buyer yes absolutely research the product you're buying.
As a reviewer, yes absolutely, and then test your sample. If your sample works the others don't, that's fine. If yours has the same issues the others have, that's fine too.
Really you shouldn't need to, as you should be testing everything anyway, but sometimes that is impractical at best.

In any event, y'all are replying to an essay refuting another essay's accusation that HH gives useless awards to everybody, and yet nobody seems to have a comment on the initial essay.
post #112 of 117
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How so? I can tell you that some sites are run in a "revenue neutral" way, which basically means all of the money they get from advertisement goes back into the site or to the reviewers. Granted, many require their sites to generate income to put bread on the table but you shouldn't lump every publication into the same preconception.

I never suggested all sites, but there is a large portion of sites out there that are purely financially motivated. I myself am a neutral reviewer EggXpert reviewer on Newegg.

The most blatant offenders are nVidia and AMD video card reviews. I have too often seen results on one site favor nVidia and another site go completely 180° and favor AMD.

You and I may know which sites are neutral but how is the average consumer supposed to know which site is neutral or not? It's not like neutral sites have a badge or official logo claiming neutrality.
post #113 of 117
95% of this reviewer sites just want free stuff period...
Legitimate business? lol
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There's no such thing as a genuinely neutral reviewer. We all have our biases and prejudices.
The good reviewers bury them as best as possible and have other people (who have different biases) go over the review before it goes live to make sure it's all correct.
I personally strongly dislike Nvidia, but reading my reviews of Nvidia GPUs you probably wouldn't guess it.
Generally speaking the people and sites that make the biggest deal out of being neutral are the people and sites who aren't especially neutral.

EggXpert reviews are an entirely different world IMO. Very very low word cap on those things.
My shortest review on record for the last year is 3k words. Longest was 6k. That's plenty of room to show all sides of a situation.
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a 4.5Ghz 3570k is more than enough for any test
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Hardware heaven is among the most incompetent sites in terms of their tests of games. Seriously, in their review of the fx-8150 they compared it to the i7-2600k in Shogun 2: Total War USING THE GPU BENCHMARK. I mean seriously, how incompetent/biased can you get? "Uh, we're reviewing a CPU. We have two possible benchmarks we can run: the standard GPU benchmark or the standard CPU benchmark. Yeah, I thought so, too. We'll use the GPU benchmark of course."

Not to mention this is a review site that uses SC2 as a GRAPHICS benchmark.

They're really one of the more ignorable/forgettable websites.

Edit: This is a perspective from a casual user/reader. After going through the various pages of responses I noted quite a few people more involved in OCN/the industry than I. And yes I realize that many websites have multiple writers, sometimes of varying quality for whatever reason. I don't often note authors, but I do keep that in mind when reading a review.
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HH results and reviews have always been skewed. Moving along.
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