Seasonic Pulls the Plug on Review Samples - Retail Direct for Reviews

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  1. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    As you might have seen over the years here at HardOCP, we have many times been "cut off" by companies when those companies did not like the outcome of our reviews. The most recent that comes to mind is ASRock. ASRock will no longer sample HardOCP motherboards. Many times the reviews you see here on ASRock motherboards are products that we purchase ourselves. We have also done this in the last few years with PSUs, motherboards, AMD Radeon cards, and Intel CPUs as well. If we feel there is a "need" to cover a product, or we simply have holes in our content schedules we go fishing for things to cover. Sometimes we can source the product faster from China and then have no need to agree to NDAs and embargoes. HardOCP actually took up a fight to push for retail-only samples many years ago, but we were simply met by too much resistance from manufacturers. But now one is changing its tune.

    Full Story HERE.

    Edit: Currently this is only for reviewers in USA.
     
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  2. Jon855

    Jon855 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Winning! This is an excellent way to have their samples for review to be conducted at - a total honest and not cherry picked. Cannot beat that.
     
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  3. Shotglass01

    Shotglass01 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I just got a Friday warm fuzzy knowing my 750 Prime sits at home waiting for me. Thanks for the share!
     
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  4. SomeoneElse

    SomeoneElse [H]ard|Gawd

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    Gota love to see honesty from some companies now-a-days. I hail Seasonic for doing this. They also had the courtesy to let you guys know that this is what they are going to do. (y)
     
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  5. DrLobotomy

    DrLobotomy [H]ardness Supreme

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    Name the names.

    Also, good news and I hope others will follow suit.
     
  6. Jim Kim

    Jim Kim 2[H]4U

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    I missed the box you check at Newegg to get golden sample review parts. I'm willing to shell out $2.99 more. 29.99 if it's a golden shower.
     
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  7. haste.

    haste. [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hence why I haven't owned or recommended a PSU other than Seasonic in a decade.

    **OEM on this EVGA is Seasonic...
     
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  8. bildad

    bildad Gawd

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    Seasonic has exclusively powered all my PCs for the past decade or so. Never had one fail on me, even the decade old ones are still running.
     
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  9. ecmaster76

    ecmaster76 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Obviously you'll have to order them through shill accounts to anonymous PO Boxes. Everyone knows only the golden sampler at Newegg packs Kyle's orders
    ;)
     
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  10. deeppow

    deeppow Limp Gawd

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    That's the old "put up or shut up" or maybe "put your money where your mouth is" Been running Seasonic PSUs in several of my machines for several years.
     
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    Gasaraki_ Gawd

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    Seasonic makes the best PSUs out there and now this will even ensure that all reviews of their PSUs are 100% legit retail stock. Thanks Seasonic.
     
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  12. Design1stcode2nd

    Design1stcode2nd Gawd

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    Even my sons $500 PC has a Seasonic in it.
     
  13. djoye

    djoye 2[H]4U

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    Nice to see Seasonic stepping it up. I've been using them for the past 2-3 generations of my PCs and they've been great.
     
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    PhaseNoise [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yep, their QA is top shelf and they know it. They do not need to rely on a second verification of a review unit before someone looks at it.
     
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  15. NickJames

    NickJames [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ever since Corsair stopped using Seasonic I have gone directly to Seasonic with my PSU purchases. You really can't beat the quality and they give you.
     
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  16. travisty

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    I almost always buy Seasonic. All with exception of my gaming computer have Seasonic, gaming has an FSP which offered more and great performance when I bought it a few years ago. With this move I don't think I'll consider anything but Seasonic in the future!
     
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  17. JosiahBradley

    JosiahBradley [H]ard|Gawd

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    Bravo. Just another box to check towards getting Seasonic Supplies. I think I'm up to 13 working units at this time.
     
  18. Brutos

    Brutos n00b

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    Anything with seasonic direct or as a OEM
     
  19. oROEchimaru

    oROEchimaru [H]ardness Supreme

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    interesting I thought this would go south and it actually seams like a plus!
     
  20. anthrex

    anthrex [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hell yea! This is why I'm a Seasonic fanboy. Props to them!
     
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  22. GMcDougal

    GMcDougal Gawd

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    Asrock stopped sampling boards? Looks like my next board will not be an Assrock.
     
  23. Haste266

    Haste266 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Seasonic has confidence in their product. That is a very good thing. My gaming PC and my HTPC both have Seasonic power supplies. It seems I have already chosen the best of the lot. ;)
     
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    [H] has done many reviews of Silverstone PSUs over the years and I bought a lot of them. They NEVER lived up to the expectations obtained from the reviews. In some cases the voltage being delivered was way out of spec (3v on the 3.3V rail) and PCs using them often had stability issues.
    Sesonic PSUs on the other hand have always exceeded expectations (because my expectations were tainted by Silverstone).
     
  25. Gavv

    Gavv [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I recently switched (2 years ago) to seasonic and won't use or recommend anything else.

    Glad they are doing this and will continue to give them my business.
     
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  26. Jovian

    Jovian Limp Gawd

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    Last few PSU's have been Seasonics and love them.
     
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  27. cyclone3d

    cyclone3d [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Way to go Seasonic!

    Suck on that other mfgs!
     
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  28. CaptNumbNutz

    CaptNumbNutz [H]ard as it Gets

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    That's some serious faith in their product.
     
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  29. Burticus

    Burticus 2[H]4U

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    Very well, carry on.
     
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  30. scojer

    scojer 2[H]4U

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    If my BFG PSU ever dies, I'm going to seasonic next!
     
  31. c3k

    c3k 2[H]4U

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    I've been using nothing but Seasonic power supplies for 15+ years...and glad that I have. I like the move.
     
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    THUMPer 2[H]4U

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    Seasonic is my go too. Great to hear.
     
  33. longblock454

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    Been 100% Seasonic for over 10 years now, one more reason I'll stick with them.
     
  34. fightingfi

    fightingfi Look at Me! I need the attention.

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    I actually like and beleive that {H}ard is Honest and straight up with the reviews regardless of company a,b or c Keep up the {H}ard work ;)
     
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    fightingfi Look at Me! I need the attention.

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    Whew, when I first read the title I was worried and thought Kyle pissed in their Wheaties. :D
     
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  37. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    Oh man, you mean that the ASRock mobos you gave us are now collector's items?
    Should've had you autograph them :(
     
  38. YARDofSTUF

    YARDofSTUF [H]ard|Gawd

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    lol I was thinking the same thing. Glad it went a good way.

    I have an EVGA SUpernova right now but I love seasonic, this will help me trust them even more.
     
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  40. boocake

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    When I put my rig together a couple months back, I had gone with a Seasonic Prime 850 Titanium. It was actually DOA, but I didn't have any problem at all whatsoever getting it replaced. Since then, this thing has been absolutely fantastic for me so far.

    EDIT: typo!