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Edited to reflect current state of the site, it is not what it used to be and there are no actual reviews being made, only advertisement of chairs and other junk falsely labeled as reviews.
(Edited to reflect current state of the site, it is not what it used to be and there are no actual reviews being made, only advertisement of chairs and other junk falsely labeled as reviews.)
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'''The Tech Report''' is a web site which used to be dedicated to covering personal computing technology and culture.<ref name="about">[http://techreport.com/aboutus.x] TechReport's "About Us" page. August 8, 2009.</ref> The Tech Report specializesused to specialize in hardware as well as producing quarterly system build guides<ref name="systembuild">[http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/17102] TechReport's Summer 2009 System Guide. June 25, 2009.</ref> at various price points, and occasional price vs. performance scatter plots.<ref name="scatterplots">[http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/17023/14] The value proposition June 9, 2009</ref> Tech Report also has an active online community and a podcast. The website is also a supporter of Stanford's [[Folding@home]] and is currently ranked 26th in total production points as of March 22, 2018.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://fah-web2.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=teampage&teamnum=2630|title=Team 2630's contributions to Folding@home|work=stanford.edu}}</ref>
 
== History ==
On December 2, 2015 Scott Wasson, the founder and Editor-In-Chief stepped down as he accepted a role in AMD's graphics division.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techreport.com/blog/29390/into-a-new-era|title=Into a new era|work=techreport.com}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|last1=Smith|first1=Ryan|title=Scott Wasson Announces His Retirement from The Tech Report|url=https://www.anandtech.com/show/9832/scott-wasson-announces-his-retirement-from-the-tech-report|accessdate=22 March 2018|publisher=Anandtech|date=3 December 2015}}</ref> Wasson subsequently sold the company in March 2018 to Adam Eiberger, the Tech Report's business manager.<ref>{{cite news|last1=Kampman|first1=Jeff|title=The Tech Report secures an independent future|url=https://techreport.com/blog/33308/the-tech-report-secures-an-independent-future|accessdate=22 March 2018|publisher=Tech Report|date=28 February 2018}}</ref>
 
On December 21, 2018 Jeff Kampman stepped down as Editor-In-Chief<ref>({{cite web|url=https://techreport.com/blog/34333/so-long-farewell/|title=So long, farewell|work=techreport.com})}</ref>.
 
On July 7, 2019, coinciding with the release of AMD's Ryzen 3 CPUs and Navi GPUs, a site redesign was launched moving from the Tech Report's former custom CMS and functionality to a Wordpress template. On July 9th, Renee Johnson posted an introduction to the design<ref>({{cite web|url=https://techreport.com/featured/3463422/new-design/|title=TechReport New Design|work=techreport.com})}</ref>. The new redesign was met with criticism from the users. In August of same year, TechReport staff has removed all mention of former Editor-in-Chief Jeff Kampman (according to Jeff it was by his own request) as contributor and replaced his name with Renee Johnson on all articles he contributed going back to 2014.<ref>{{cite web | url=https://techreport.com/author/renee-johnson/|title= Contribution by author|work=}}</ref> His "farewell" message that he posted on December 21 of 2018 was also deleted from the site. The TechReport "About" page was also edited and all information about original founders was removed. The focus of the site has also changed from focus on hardware news, reviews and system guides to product promotion articles disguised as "reviews" without using actual products or providing benchmark data for them <ref>{{cite web|url=https://techreport.com/review/3471692/trendnet-wifi-mesh-router-system-ac2200|title= Trendnet WiFi Mesh Router System AC2200|work=techreport.com}}</ref> and to articles such as "here are X ways of making your Y better" which have nothing to do with hardware, software or any culture related to those topics.<ref>{{cite web | url=https://techreport.com/blog/3472661/11-ways-to-boost-productivity-in-the-workplace/|title= 11 Ways to Boost Productivity in the Workplace|work=techreport.com}}</ref>
 
== AMD TLB bug investigation ==
== Site Structure ==
=== Main Page ===
A large portion of the main page isused to be dedicated to "News" and "Blog" entries. Among the news entries arewere "Shortbread" posts which offeroffered a summary breakdown of reviews and news offered by other sites. Featured articles arewere often reviews of newly released PC hardware which has been tested by the site's editors and judged on a number of [[Metric (mathematics)|metrics]] including performance and value compared to other available hardware. Currently the "reviews" consist of products being presented for advertising purposes through referral links without actual review of those products by the site editors.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://techreport.com/review/3473116/akaso-brave-6-plus-action-camera-ready-for-all-types-of-adventures/|title=AKASO Brave 6 Plus Action Camera: Ready For All Types of Adventures|work=techreport.com}}</ref>
 
=== Podcast ===
 
Adapting to the general trend of more content for digest, The Tech Report launched their own podcast on February 9, 2008 hosted by Jordan Drake. While the schedule has varied it provides a casual but quite in-depth look back at the topics that made news from a panel of the site staff. Subsequent to 2015 episodes were released irregularly, frequently discussing the release of a new microarchitecture with David Kanter of Real World Technologies.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://techreport.com/archive.x?tags=Podcast|title=Archive – The Tech Report|work=techreport.com}}</ref> Last podcast was made in January of 2018 and no more podcasts were made since then.
 
=== Community and Forum ===
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