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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  • bji - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    ... that I, for one, check Anandtech every single day. In fact it is one of the only web sites that I visit every single day to check for updates. And I spend money on computer equipment and personal electronics. Anandtech's articles provide me with information that strongly influences the purchasing decisions I make. Reply
  • azazello - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    As a computer science grad student in an informatics lab, I was tasked with selecting and procuring about $190K worth of HPC hardware. The AnandTech articles on current and future CPU architectures and HPC configs were invaluable and led to decisions about what to purchase.

    AnandTech has really established itself as the standard for timely, impartial, thorough technical analysis of current hardware, and I always check the site for advice on the computer hardware I purchase.
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  • zero2espect - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    i had been a sometimes reader for about 4 years - all that changed with what i still believe is the most authoritive review of technology ever written on a retail hardware site - the original ssd piece.

    on the recommendations in that original article i sourced myself the intel ssds. i have never looked back. now anandtech is on my first "to do list" every day. i now basically look to anandtech to provide me updates and reviews on everything, and then fill in the gaps from other sources.

    since then the articles that have changed my life on anadtech are:

    the nvidia 470/SLI/MSI afterburner
    the asus 3d 120mhz gaming monitor (with 3dvision)
    the asus g73 gaming notebook
    the story on the behind the scenes work to develop and launch the ati/amd video cards

    you guys should be proud - your inbiased and thouroughly reviewed pieces are heads and shoulders above the rest of the "let's rewrite the <insert company here> press release, insert the stock imagery, and palm the free samples" journalism that seems to be taking root amongst the review sites these days.
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  • zero2espect - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    and to help crystalise this better - if anandtech says it's worth having, it probably is. your recommendations actually mean something to me as opposed to the recommendations from those that i mention above. Reply
  • mura - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    As already said by some other readers: SSD was a big hit for me too, and I read the best and most comprehensive articles here on AnandTech.

    As I'm on a budget (the company finances are handled by my wife and she can be a killer on my IT investments), I had no second shot on SSD-s (one fail and I will have no second chance of buying them).

    The detailed data and analysis in the articles helped me to choose the best candidates for mi (X25), and I'm more than happy with the performance of our notebook fleet now.
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  • hoohoo51 - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    im waiting for an Tegra2 powered LG phone after first reading about both of them here on anandtech. i come here daily for all current and upcomming hardware news and reviews

    i also got my nvidia 480 gtx after reading about it here.

    i would be truly lost without anandtech
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  • paulkww - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    I think there is no one reader of your site who can say that they have not found your articles, insightful, unbaised or intelligent. I am not a person who comments much (this is my first post here) but I could not let this opportunity pass to thank you for the advice received over the last 10 years or so. If i have been in the position to make a purchase, for my own systems or for the units i have sold over the years, I would rely heavily and make judgement calls based on reviews, comments and advice given here.

    I agree with most of the comments on here in relation to our work, and would also like to take my own opportunity to say thank you and keep up the good work, much appreciated!! I hope you never lose the passion of what you do, as this is evident in all your articles and what keeps me interested. Now for a toast!!! (Couldn't help it I'm Irish, and i needed an excuse to have another small one!!!)

    May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for.
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  • sideshow23bob - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    I'm mostly just a simple consumer though it has affected my IT purchases for my small(2 employees) online business I run.....

    Bought a Intel X25-M G2 SSD after reading all the treatises and reviews from Anand on SSDs up to that point

    Bought 2 Dell Studio XPS16's after Jarred's great reviews on the excellent RGB LCD

    A year ago I weighed my options b/t Iphone 3GS and Pre via Anand's Reviews (chose the Pre and am very happy about it, though I do wish there were more software updates from Palm/HP)

    Back when Dual Core CPUs first came out I read each new release's reviews religiously about the real world time-savings it offered for a multi-tasker like me, and not just random benchmarks, or single program benefits.

    I'm sure there's more but the detailed interviews and real-word assessments of all 4 of these decisions have been very informative and have made me excited to buy the products I have.
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  • Samoht - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    You were the first to actually illustrate the problem people were reporting with the iPhone 4 reception. Furthermore, your trick to get the fieldtest mode was inspired and I have many times linked to that article just to educate people who didn't understand why the bars was enough. (I did buy one anyway:)
    Your articles on SSDs, CPUs and CPUs are fantastic. Keep up the good work.
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  • johnspencer - Sunday, September 19, 2010 - link

    I definitely take your recommendations as the most serious online. More than recommendations, you provide a place to explain the field and are unique in that regard.
    Whatever item I would buy for my computer I would check here first to understand the field and the best items.
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