Overclock Labs: A Community Review Program
Overclock Labs is a community review program designed to put manufacturers' products into the hands of talented community members who can put the product through its paces from an enthusiast's point of view.
Mainstream review sites do a great job with broad and general product reviews, but often don't have the time or need to cover more enthusiast-oriented aspects of a product's performance. Enthusiasts are often interested in very specific pieces of data when making a purchase decision on a product.
Is it cold-bugged? Can it be volt-modded? If I wanted to use this as a case mod base, how easily does it come apart for painting? How well does it perform on various F@H cores?
These are the kind of questions the Overclock Labs program is designed to help answer in addition to the more classical elements of a computer hardware product review. These are reviews by the enthusiast community, for the enthusiast community.
As a performance computing forum, our team has a wide variety of industry connections. We're talking to advertising and PR teams around the industry very regularly, we're at all of the industry conferences, and we (far more often than we'd like) have had to turn down products on offer for review in the past simply because we have not had a framework through which to get products into the hands of competent reviewers, or even to know who those reviewers might be.
The Overclock Labs program is designed to allow talented community members to receive products for review while letting our team handle all of the administrative overhead using the backing and connections of Overclock.net and Wikia. We source everything and handle requests / negotiations / expectations with the manufacturer - all the reviewer needs to do is accept a package and write a review. Reviews are published under your own name, backed by our editorial (copyediting, photography, etc) resources, and promoted across the community, our social media feeds, etc. We are your publishing platform and back-office, and we want to help you gain a following while honing your skills as an up-and-coming product reviewer.
Requirements and Application
- Be in good standing within the Overclock.net community and broader overclocking/enthusiast community
- Have earned at least 35 Reputation points
- Can demonstrate multiple examples of previous editorial work - product reviews, articles, how-to guides, etc. We're interested in content that demonstrates you have mastery of at least on product segment and can communicate technical information competently. We can help coach you on writing style and technique, but technical expertise must come first.
Once accepted into the community review program, requirements for ongoing participation are also simple.
- Accept at least one product for review per quarter (3 month period)
- Provide unbiased content. We expect factually accurate and informative reviews - whether good, bad, or ugly.
- Be available to assist your fellow participants as-needed. This is a program where everyone will grow together, and feedback early / often is essential to the process.
Do you meet the requirements above? To apply, please send an email to email@example.com. Use "Overclock Labs Application - *your username*" as the subject line. Please be sure to include the following:
- A brief summary of your experience and interests as a reviewer / enthusiast
- A specific list of product categories you can provide competent reviews for (example: NVIDIA GPUs, mATX LGA 1150 motherboards, etc). Do not include any product categories which you do not have the proper ensemble of hardware to test.
- Links to specific examples of content you have authored which can show your technical expertise and writing ability
We're very excited about this program, and we hope you are, too. Best of luck to our applicants, and please share your feedback with us!