Goodbye HardOCP - Hello Intel

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  1. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    sad but true here too.
     
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  2. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn me, just a few weeks ago I was wondering what would happen if [H] dissapeared. Specially since the recent FEUD with nvidia and lack of Zero Day reviews.

    I did think Kyle would eventually go to a tech company (as has been the trend with several site owners) but never thought he would go Intel.

    Anyway, sad to see [H] die, but good luck Kyle on your new adventure.
     
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  3. goodrob

    goodrob Limp Gawd

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    hope you enjoy what ever life brings your way. been reading this site for seems like decades now :).
     
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  4. Rvenger

    Rvenger [H]ard|Gawd

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    FFS - Good luck Kyle but after here I am done with forums.
     
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  5. Brent_Justice

    Brent_Justice Moderator

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    The mid to late 90’s, I had worked on reviews and articles for other various hardware and enthusiast gaming review websites of the time, and I had even dabbled in creating my own review website. I of course had been a follower of HardOCP since the beginning, reading content, reading the forums, and so forth. I saw HardOCP as the goal to reach, my dream job, the pinnacle of testing and reviewing computer hardware. I wanted this.

    In early 2001, completely unexpected by Kyle Bennett, I sent an email to him out of the blue. I had no idea if he was hiring or looking for someone, but I was going to give it my best shot. I explained what I know, what I can do, and linked previous articles I had written. I got a reply back, and I remember his response so very clearly to this day. He was going to “try me out”, “give me a chance”, and see what I can do. He set me up with my first review, a review on NVIDIA MX400 GPUs. In fact, that first review can still be found - https://www.hardocp.com/article/2001/05/29/nvidia_mx400_reviews/ From that moment forward, I was in.

    I proved myself, and Kyle Bennett gave me an opportunity that dreams are made of. In 2003, he offered me an upgrade, a full-time position, reviewing and managing other GPU editors, full time. I was finally able to move up from working multiple-part time jobs, to realizing my dream. I became a full-time hardware reviewer in the big leagues. If it wasn’t for Kyle Bennett, who knows where I’d be today. I owe him a great debt and gratitude for giving me that opportunity so long ago that has led to so many years of doing what I have a passion for. Kyle always spoke of passion btw, he wanted people working with him who had a passion for this. My passion has always driven me. I wanted to learn, I wanted to grow, and I wanted to test the next bleeding edge thing. I’m a complete enthusiast, gamer, and nerd, at heart.

    I want to personally wish Kyle Bennett the best in his new opportunity. I’m not sure what awaits him, but I hope he has all the success, joy and passion that drove us working at HardOCP. If that same passion, honesty and commitment is held, then Intel is gaining a very valuable asset that will bring positive change. I am intrigued about the future of Intel knowing both him and Ryan Shrout are there, and I can’t wait to see what comes from Intel in the future.

    I never thought this would happen, to be honest, at least not this soon. If you asked me how long Kyle would be running HardOCP I’d answer, till the very end. It is a shock. To deny that would be dishonest. I think everyone who is reading this feels the same. What’s that saying, oh yes: “All Good Things….”

    To all of our readers, followers, or just passersby’s of HardOCP, to everyone reading this, I want to give the biggest THANK YOU I can for all these years of reading our reviews and being engaged. Consider this a virtual hug. I am so very appreciative of the feedback we’ve had on reviews. Every time a new GPU review of mine was published I was the first to repeatedly press F5 on the thread to see all the new posts and feedback that you all had to say. A big part of the reviews for me was just seeing what you all had to say about them!

    I really can’t thank you enough for all the support, feedback, and general hungriness for new content. I certainly wanted to give you all as much as I could. I wish we could have done more. I think 2017, 2018 and even 2019 are kind of slow years, in terms of hardware. But I think 2020 is really going to pick up, and I personally can’t wait to see what comes next in the enthusiast, hardware and gaming realms.

    What else can I say at this point. My future is an open book.

    -Brent Justice
    p.s. my personal contact email is bcjustice@gmail.com if anyone wants to contact me in the future or Twitter @Brent_Justice


    Live Long, and Prosper
     
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  6. Silentbob343

    Silentbob343 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I really hope this an early April fool's joke.
     
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  7. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Whoah!

    April 1st effective date made me think this was an elaborate and early April Fools joke, especially given the historical relationship between Intel and this site, what with that certain Intel Extreme Edition review and its fallout. Follow-up makes it appear to not be the case, unless there is more than usual effort being put into the joke.

    Such mixed emotions. This place has been my main home on the internet for 20 years, and just about the only place I trust for hardware reviews. I am proud to have (briefly) worked on the front page news of this great institution. I honestly feel a bit lost at this news.

    On the flip side, I feel very happy for Kyle. Running your own business is rarely a relaxing endeavor, and doing so for 20 years must be exhausting to anyone. The modern trend of ad-blocking must make this business model specially difficult and stressful.

    Intel will benefit from this. In the last 15 years or so it has been evident that they have been an organization with way too many yes-men, and no one to put their neck on the line and speak up. I think we all know Kyle isn't a yes-man. Intel desperately needs people like him. Let's just hope he doesn't wind up being this guy :p

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    So Kyle, I am sad to see you go, and wish you the best of luck in your new role. You and your site will be sorely missed.

    Only remaining question is, now where do I go for hardware reviews? With HardOCP mothballed, and all the other traditional, once trustworthy sites having been sold off and gone downhill there really isn't anything left. Just a bunch of people who follow hardware review guides and essentially act as free marketing. HardOCP was pretty much the last bastion of true PC Hardware journalism out there. This is truly the end of an era.

    Please don't tell me YouTube. I'll stab my eyes out before I go there.
     
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  8. defaultluser

    defaultluser [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Alrighty, have a good life Kyle.

    Kyle going to save Intel 10nm all by himself :D
     
  9. Auer

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    Gonna buy me some Intel stock now.
     
  10. Exavior

    Exavior [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The forum was already split between people like me that only look at the front page section and those that use the other 98% of the forum. With no more hardocp.com I assume that means no more front page news section. Guess this means that those that only visit the news section sadly won't really have a place on here then anymore.


    Kyle I wish you the best of luck. Like others have said this was a great site that you ran for the past two decades. Thank you for all the work that you have done and put into the site over all this time.
     
  11. LurkerLito

    LurkerLito 2[H]4U

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    Why do I feel like it's starting to sound more plausible and kind of want to congratulate Kyle? The April 1st thing is still gnawing at me and if it were true it would be sad so the solution is ...
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  12. DooKey

    DooKey [H]ardness Supreme

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    I see no reason why there can't be a news section. It just won't link to the frontpage anymore.
     
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  13. R_Type

    R_Type Limp Gawd

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    I'm feeling something like that. It's kinda taken the lustre off of my interest in pc tech. Years ago I hoovered up reviews from every site going. Then I backed off and just did hardocp, techreport and pcper, because frankly the rest are complete wank. Recently it's just been hardocp and a bit of twitter. Right now I think I might just let it fall away. Read the big releases like zen 2 but stop the daily browsing. Nothing else will scratch the same itc[H] ...
     
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  14. Admiral Equinox

    Admiral Equinox Gawd

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    So heavy, yet so fucking well deserved.
    Congrats, Kyle.

    Bring us [H] performance!!!
     
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  15. vanster

    vanster n00b

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    Best wishes Kyle, I love HardOCP and it has been my main source of tech news for years. I think this is smart from Intel, getting you and Ryan will hopefully help intel get better and better. Hope everything turns out like you imagine.
     
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  16. MikeRotch

    MikeRotch Limp Gawd

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    Gonna pour a bottle of 90% isopropyl alcohol and a tube of coollaboratory liquid ultra for Kyle.

    Like many others have mentioned, this was my go to site for over 20 years for hardware reviews, news, and opinions. It is a sad and happy moment, sad to see Kyle and this site go, but happy that he is following a dream.

    But the question for me now is, which site is worthy to replace [H]?
     
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  17. Ehren8879

    Ehren8879 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Dear Kyle, fuck you if this is true and fuck you if this is not true.

    Yours truly,

    Little Bitch



    :D
     
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  18. Calavaro

    Calavaro Whiskey & Honey

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    Of all the posts, this is the one that got me.
     
  19. TheBlueChanell

    TheBlueChanell [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn, end of a fucking Era. Kyle, Brent, Paul, Dan and everyone else thanks for all the fucking hard work over the years. I don't know how I feel about this, I've been a part of this community and reading your guys' reviews since I was like ~12 and I'll be 30 this year.
     
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  20. gixser

    gixser [H]Lite

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    Thank you Kyle.

    HardOCP has been a staple for me throughout my adult life. I still tell people about how you sent me home from an Xbox launch (original) with a free Xbox...as well as a hangover in the making.

    Cheers and best wishes....and thanks for all the fish.
     
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  21. Shotglass01

    Shotglass01 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks Kyle! Congrats on your new role! I wish you the best!
     
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  22. odditory

    odditory [H]ardness Supreme

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    There's nothing "sad" or April Fool's about this, any more than if your best friend took an amazing job out of state and it was going to be a huge boost to his and his family's longterm QoL and happiness. I'm thrilled for Kyle, my personal feelings on the website based reviews going away are unimportant comparatively.

    Intel couldn't have chosen a better guy for that role. The guy is the epitome of integrity, with an understated sense of humor in his rare on-screen appearances that left you wanting more.

    Kyle's from a review generation where you did your homework and got to the truth no matter how many extra late nights it took- "Ugh, we realized we weren't testing completely apples to apples, so we'll have to re-bench all 25 motherboards" - that was his character.

    Not enough people appreciate that anymore due to the generational shift to YouTube-based, 5 minute happy meal reviews. I can understand why he's never had any interest in wading into that muck and degrading himself with clickbait titles, product placement and making goofy faces just to keep bills paid. That would've been a real tragedy. He never sold out.

    Thank you for the nearly two decades we've been the beneficiaries of your efforts, Kyle, and may you and your family be the beneficiaries of the well-earned next chapter.
     
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  23. erek

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    what's your problem?
     
  24. Ehren8879

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    After reading just the first page, and now seeing there are 8 more (which will just be more of the same I'm sure), I'm going to assume this has probably been very heartwarming for Kyle to see. It shows him how much [H] as a site that's ran by Kyle --but if I'm honest, isn't as whole as it was with Steve-- means to us all.

    When I saw April 1st, I thought "Hmm... but very plausible."

    It wasn't until I saw "mothballing [H]ard|OCP" that I accepted it was just a [H]ardcore prank and I could breathe easy again. I know first hand what it's like to run something and be proud of what it means to people, and I can't see Kyle ever closing the site as long as there were solid people to run it (like there is).

    If it turns out to be true then I'll happily admit I'm an :asshat: with :eggface:.
    Otherwise, kudos on the elaborate prank, but dammit Kyle, SHAME ON YOU! :bigtears: :ROFLMAO:

    "If Daryl dies
    If Dog dies

    If [H]ard|OCP closes
    WE RIOT!"
     
  26. Digital Viper-X-

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    Sucks a bit for us, but alas, great news for you :) Congrats on the new role! You'll be missed, this is literally the most visited site for me, and still my homepage. (HardOCP). Hopefully one day it will be back.
     
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  27. WildMonkey

    WildMonkey Gawd

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    Sell me the site, I'm so lazy that I promise I won't do anything to it.
     
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  28. daglesj

    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ahh I can cancel my Patreon then!

    Swings and roundabouts.
     
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    Good luck Kyle! The [H]ard shall be missed.
     
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  31. SilverSliver

    SilverSliver Beat It To Deformation

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    Wow. Congratulations Kyle. The last tech website I was disappointed in seeing the creator lost to a better opportunity was Lum the Mad way back when. This site has been such a big part of my life, it's going to be bittersweet to change.
     
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  32. nEo717

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    If this is not an April fools gig (a good one if it is)... Congratulations Kyle and wow, big change in many ways for you. My entry into technology was middle 80's, between you and anand (has long moved on of course), hardocp (while I really haven't posted much over the years, lost my old log on, lol...) has always been my go-to from its early days.

    Hardocp has always been the place where real people give you real information, help, not always the information you want to hear - but good people here.

    Intel really does have an interesting vision for the future, though not talked about much (considering). It will be interesting to see them push into Graphics Markets (gaming, creating, etc...) and push into tech for A.I., self-driving vehicles, etc... Where AMD goes in the future will be interesting too - nVidia will be right there (up against a future Intel) no doubt. Fact is, if not true Kyle, Intel should see your post and take pause, they have deep pockets, and I can share with you first hand, its very challenging when a big company decides you should work for them (those deep pockets can come up with some very interesting opportunities).

    Either way Kyle, you now have our attention and curiosity of what's next ;)...
     
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  33. BrainEater

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    Sad day kinda , but all the best to Kyle in the future.

    Thank you for giving us all a great place to visit/hang out at.
     
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  34. polonyc2

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    I'm happy for Kyle but I'm sad for [H]...end of an era...no more hardware reviews is a huge loss for fans of computer hardware...the forums have been my go to forum for everything from games to video cards to CPU info...I hope the new ownership continues the [H] legacy but I'm skeptical...good luck Kyle and thanks for everything you've given to the community
     
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    I am sooo confused. Not sure what the heck I feel right now.

    It's like the proud son you've raised for 18 years finally says "It's been fun, thanks for everything but I have got to go do my own thing".

    I mean you are extremely happy for them, and proud of what they have achieved and wish for great success when they go but secretly shut and lock the door and cry because they are gone.

    This is both awesome and sucks at the same time.

    I just don't go to any other forum than here and it was cool to see the owner so involved on the forums and breaking out the can of whoop ass when needed.

    I need a drink to absorb all this.

    To you Kyle good sir. I shake your hand and say thank you for everything.

    Now I will go shut and lock the doors and...
     
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    Damn what a sad day... Almost every single purchase I have made in the last 15+ years have been based on HARD reviews... You will be missed, but Congrats all the same.
     
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    Meeho [H]ardness Supreme

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    Shit. Thomas, Anand, and now Kyle. Only this time there is nowhere to run to. End of an era.
     
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    this thread put me into a horrible fucking mood, my divorce didnt hit me this hard....
     
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  39. IndyJoe

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    Best of luck on your Intel Endeavors!
     
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  40. maxius

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    Congratulations Kyle. Thanks for all you have done and the memories. God speed
     
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