I've been out in California for the past week for IDF, followed by some extra meetings with the usual suspects: AMD, Intel and NVIDIA. The information I gained from these meetings will show up in articles over the next few weeks, months and even years. I really enjoyed covering the show this year not only because of the information we had access to but also because of the new team members I was able to cover it with. This was the first IDF for both Brian and Vivek. AMD even made this IDF an awesome experience by giving us great access to Zacate after our initial encounter. I have to say that for the first time in a while I'm actually looking forward to the next tradeshow. 
 
For those of you who don't know, I don't employ any sales people at AnandTech. The company is strictly editorial. We have an exclusive advertising partner who handles all sales/marketing for the site. We own no share in them, and they own no share in us. While out here I met with our advertising agency who came to me with a request. They have a potential advertiser that wanted to know if we had any success stories from our readers to share with them. They are looking for stories about how reading something on AnandTech impacted you, particularly with regards to enterprise hardware/software decisions. While the request was for enterprise stories, I'm interested to hear them all if you've got one. Again what I'm looking for is a story about how something you read here impacted you or your hardware/software decisions in any way.
 
The stories will be shared with the potential advertiser so be sure to leave out any information that you don't want public. They are simply looking for more anecdotal evidence of the impact of AnandTech. I don't like asking for favors, but if you do have a story to share I'd appreciate it. 
 
I'm back in the office next week, have a great weekend!
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  • dreamsurgeon - Sunday, September 26, 2010 - link

    Anandtech is an excellent & reliable techsite. I built my first do-it-yourself pc 3 years ago, and I selected every component based on the reviews of AT. And even after that, all my upgrade decisions were also greatly influenced by AT reviews. I also shared links to numerous articles published in AT with my friends and cousines to help them with their purchasing decisions. I also love the word "Anand" because of its Indian\Bangladeshi origine. The only thing that makes me sad is the inability of AT to arrange an international give-away. However I still love AT. Long live Anandtech. God bless you... Reply
  • Sunraycer - Monday, September 27, 2010 - link

    I was already an Anandtech reader when you first started posting about SSDs early on. I was really impressed with the way that you educated the buyers on what specs were good and why, and how you worked with OCZ to create a better product. So many things are just Marketing points now-a-days. I.e., a 12MP camera isn't necessarily better than a 5MP camera, you can still make a 12MP POS put it on a shelf at Best Buy next to a 5MP and the only specs they show on the box a the MPs...you took SSDs beyond the marketing specs and you were able to educate the buying market and thus sway the manufacturers. So many manufacturers make what sells not what is good.

    BTW- I was also impressed with how you could take your computer knowledge and apply it in the mobile phone/device space. They are quickly merging, but still have their differences.
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  • morikal - Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - link

    I build a new computer every 2 years or so... for the past 4 cycles of this (including my newest computer, built last week), I've been using Anandtech reviews as a starting point.
    I tend to spend several weeks researching before I put together a new computer. While I don't exclusively use Anandtech reviews, I do a lot of my initial research on here--I trust your reviews and opinions.

    Further, I greatly enjoy keeping up with hardware news by dropping by a couple times a week. Your technical articles on various things, from SSDs to memory to CPU interals (such as your article on load line calibration on the QX9650) are great reads--full of good technical detail, with excellent explanations. I feel that I can trust the articles I read on Anandtech.

    Most recently, Anandtech reviews played a large factor in my decision of which PSU, CPU (chipset decision between 1156 & 1366), SSD, and video cards to purchase for my new machine.

    Keep up the good work!
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  • rickitguy - Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - link

    The last time I read and used Anantech for a buyers guide was for my purchase of a Nvidia 8800 GT. I have used Anandtech since the founder was 15-16 years old and still in college. (Did he ever finish?)

    I recently looked to your website again as I need to build another system from the ground up. Three years in the PC world is like 100 in human years. It is time. Anyway I have found that the video card selection is clear thanks to your website. The Nvidia GTX 460 1 Gb review was well done and I agree that it is the card to have. I am severely disappointed that there is no review and/or mid-range guide to help me select a mother board that will offer SLI (like with the Nvidia 8800GT) nor a recent guide to help me select all the other components of a mid-range performance video gaming system. Things have changed and I may actually have to resort to switching to Intel from AMD to get SLI. (God help me.) Until God does help me can Anandtech please get some recent comprehensive guides up on the website helping consumers with the selection of the most recent hardware selection in a good mid-range gaming system? We depend on you and when you recommend something, we buy it! Thank you.
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  • rickitguy - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - link

    Just in case my last comments are taken the wrong way. I do love your website and your reviews. It is just that your reviews/guides for the various levels of systems used to come out more often and were way more comprehensive. You would offer lets say a mid-range system and then offer alternates for upgrading paths for certain components. Please do not slip on that. I bought a hell of a system based on your recommendations last time I did a ground up custom build.

    Now though it may be a case of the market doesn't offer what I want. AMD CPU, bleeding edge motherboard, SLI support for a pair of Nvidia GTX 460 1Gb, etc. I have to figure it all out and need your expert help.

    Your partner companies should know this. You test it and recommend it, we buy it! That is because to date we trust you. We know you are giving the best unbiased hardware reviews on the planet. Lose the trust you lose us. Keep up the good work and get another guide out!
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  • nfriedly - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - link

    I spent about a month digging through various laptop reviews, and I eventually settled on a Asus u35jc due to it being recommended here. So far, I've been extremely pleased with the purchase. (I liked some of Asus's other systems, but wanted something a little lighter. I didn't even realize the u35jc existed until I read about it here.) Reply
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  • ncrubyguy - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - link

    I sent this email to a friend over 12 years ago (11/24/1998):

    Sites to check out for motherboard reviews:

    http://www.anandtech.com
    http://www.tweakit.com
    http://www.tomshardware.com

    the first one is by far the best in my opinion. Tweakit tends to lack selection of new boards, and Tom’s Hardware lacks detail. My suggestion is to go through the Super7 boards in Anandtech with at least one bus speed >100 MHz. Make sure it has high stability scores , and then check the features. If you’re keeping your RAM for a while but still want to use the 100 MHz bus speed with it you’ll have to get a VIA MVP3 based board. I guess those are the critical issues. Any other questions?
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