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Well... then you can sit around and wait for Consumer Reports to test your PC power supplies too.

I see your point, but I don't 100% agree with it. Websites, these days, simply don't make as much money as everyone assumes. And "truth in journalism" does hurt in the long run. I think we (jonnyGURU.com) have pissed off enough vendors to where they refuse to send us power supplies now. That would happen whether they sent them to us or we bought them. Some times, we HAVE TO buy a product because there's no chance in hell certain companies would risk sending their product to a proper review site.
post #72 of 108
I gave up hope for Tom's a while ago when material was dropping in quality and the community started posting opinions rather than facts. I am sticking to Anandtech......and here of course
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post #73 of 108
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Well... then you can sit around and wait for Consumer Reports to test your PC power supplies too.

I see your point, but I don't 100% agree with it. Websites, these days, simply don't make as much money as everyone assumes. And "truth in journalism" does hurt in the long run. I think we (jonnyGURU.com) have pissed off enough vendors to where they refuse to send us power supplies now. That would happen whether they sent them to us or we bought them. Some times, we HAVE TO buy a product because there's no chance in hell certain companies would risk sending their product to a proper review site.
So........ do you take donations?
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Well... then you can sit around and wait for Consumer Reports to test your PC power supplies too.

I see your point, but I don't 100% agree with it. Websites, these days, simply don't make as much money as everyone assumes. And "truth in journalism" does hurt in the long run. I think we (jonnyGURU.com) have pissed off enough vendors to where they refuse to send us power supplies now. That would happen whether they sent them to us or we bought them. Some times, we HAVE TO buy a product because there's no chance in hell certain companies would risk sending their product to a proper review site.
Nice to see we have some honest cats near Chicago sir.

Much love, do you happen to wander down to Downtown often?
post #75 of 108
You know Tom's gets paid to do EVERYTHING. I don't think a single smidgen of news is put up there without them getting paid to do so by the vendor...

I hate them. They suck.
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Mwaahahahaaa...damn owned.
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The only way you'll get honest reviews is by a third party having their own testing equipment and buying the product with their own money. It's the only real way.
No, you'll have to do a double blind test. You are still looking at the manufacturer's name and model number. Anyways this is highly impractical, and not done by any website as far as I know.

Just look at the numbers yourself and make your purchasing decision from there (after checking with other sources). As long as the numbers not are made up and the testing conditions constant, who cares where the test was done.
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post #78 of 108
Jonny said it right; but he left out an important bit too, companies don't care what you have to test with. They just want you to give the product Google exposure.

Testing equipment, angry companies, website cost, and poor rates from ads all play a big part into review sites and how they do things. Whether it's compromise their collective integrity or work themselves to death with schedules and SEO... well it's hard to tell sometimes.
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Just gotta say I loved the reply from cangelini

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Always nice to see "shoot first and ask questions later," especially when it's someone's reputation on the line. Phaedrus, if you'd like to supply me with your email address, I'll be sure to let you know each time we hire a new writer so that you don't have to rely on "the last time you checked."
Very nice of him

and I love how he does nothing to repute the allegations...

+rep to you sir!
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So........ do you take donations?
Yes.

When I did the PicoPSU round up, everything was bought with donations.

And the Corsair CX430 review was done with a friend's sample because Corsair was afraid to send one.

You can't blanket say "if a review site takes free product, they're automatically biased" because I know from experience that's just not always true.
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