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PCSTATS began in the fall
of 1999 and is now a leading online technology publication which provides in-depth reviews of a broad range of computer hardware. Through a
mixture of the latest hardware reviews and daily news briefs, the weekly
PCSTATS Newsletter, PCSTATS Beginners Guides and the PCSTATS Forums,
PCSTATS.com has become a trusted resource for the IT industry, business
user and mainstream consumer alike.
Readers use PCSTATS to scout out information and
benchmark reports on the latest desktop computer hardware components, and
for tips and tweaks to enhance existing computer systems in support of
legacy and emerging technologies. Since its inception, PCSTATS has
generated a positive reputation within its industry for fair and
meaningful hardware evaluations, information that empower its
readership to make informed purchasing decisions.
By providing our readers with a broad range of
computer focused content, PCSTATS (www.pcstats.com ) seeks to maintain that
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PCSTATS.com and the PCSTATS Newsletter are owned and operated by Rydium
Canada Inc., a privately held multidisciplinary technology company with offices in
PCSTATS maintains a strong presence online and within the technology
media. To keep up with continuing advancements in the computing industry,
PCSTATS attends industry relevant events and trade shows. By going
directly to the source, we can offer a perspective that is unique and
informative. Industry trade events: Computex
CES (Consumer Electronics Show), CeBIT, and prior to cessation TechXNY and Comdex.
As a media outlet, PCSTATS is accessible via Cision (previously known as
Bacons.com), CARDonline, and other media intelligence
providers.PCSTATS has been internationally syndicated via Screaming Media
Partner Awards and Recognition
Submitting Items for Review
PCSTATS welcomes the opportunity to review all manner of
computer-related products for our large and diverse readership. Marketing
firms, companies, or individuals interested in having specific product(s)
reviewed for online publication on PCSTATS must contact the Editor
directly. Please include product specifics in your correspondence.
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PCSTATS partners with a core group of online advertising companies that
have proven they can deliver. We value our readers and the experience they
have on PCSTATS above all else. As with every publication advertising is a
critical facet that must be integrated in smoothly. At PCSTATS we
understand that people come to our website to read articles, not to be
offensively bombarded by marketers. We prefer low impact advertising which
compliments our content, and campaigns that are topically relevant.
With over 10 years experience in the online publishing industry, PCSTATS
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PCSTATS History - Behind the Pixels
In the spring of 1999, the PCSTATS that you know
today began under a completely different name. It was the height
of the dot.com boom, and our original name had just been registered
with Network Solutions. The website was going through its BETA trials, and the
very first article (bout a totally self contained liquid cooling PC)
had just been published. It was a watercooled 'Celly' 300A @
468MHz, right when overclocking really began in earnest. Anyhow, executives at
another company came upon our fledgling website when they misspelled their companies' address,
adding an extra "s" right before the ".com". Domain names were a
bigger commodity in those days. That single "s" quickly became a point
of contention, and after much negotiation an agreement was reached and
ownership of the domain transferred to them.
Dozens of hardware-this.com
and overclocking-that. com websites
were popping up each day back then, but such niche enthusiast names were thought
to be untenable in the long term. Today, roughly 75% of those websites no
It was decided that the companies' next name would contain "PC" - a
widely accepted tech terminology then, and now. It was then just a matter
of search and discovery... PChardware, PCzone, PCworld... and so on and so
forth. "PC" and "Statistics" came together nicely, and the hybrid
"PCSTATS" signified an approach to objective analysis of computer gear
based on how it actually performs. Thus, a short and sweet seven letter
website name was born!
Since 1999 the PCSTATS logo has gone
through a few changes, with our most recent brand identity
coming into effect in early 2003. Even the way in which
PCSTATS is written has evolved; at first it was "PC Stats,"
and then shortly thereafter "PCstats" or "PCStats." Today, the
accepted way to write our name is "PCSTATS", with all capital letters
and no spaces.
PCSTATS Product Awards of Merit
PCSTATS has three awards of distinction that it
hands out to products with varying degrees of merit. These awards are
rarely handed out, as it is our opinion that an 'Editor's Choice Award'
should be more than just a rubber stamp included with every single
review. When awarded, the icons will be located on the last page of the
review to signify the outstanding attributes of the product under evaluation.
The 'Editor's Choice Award' is PCSTATS highest mark, and it is
only ever given to products that the editorial staff would actually buy
themselves. If you see this award, you're looking at some of the best
hardware in its class. Performance and features are given preference in
this situation, but price must also be reasonable.
The 'Recommend Product Award' applies to good all around
computer hardware. It doesn't have to be the best out there, just as long
as it is priced competitively, offers good bang for that buck, and has a
good solid feature set. If the editorial staff at PCSTATS would recommend
the product in question to someone we know, then it gets this award.
The 'Best Buy Award' is given to hardware which is
extremely affordable, but also has pretty good performance or features.
Budget hardware generally lacks a lot of extra's, but that doesn't mean it
doesn't have a lot of value. It's PCSTATS way of indicating good cheap
computer gear is a great buy.
What does it mean if a product doesn't get an
award? Nothing. Read the review carefully and you'll soon understand how
well or how poorly that product performs. Just because it doesn't get an
award doesn't necessary mean you shouldn't consider it. PCSTATS holds
back on its awards as much as possible, so they count - after all,
there's not much point in handing out 10 awards to ten identically fast
motherboards now is there?
Back End Infrastructure
PCSTATS is a dynamically generated website with
hundreds of thousands of individual pages of database driven content.
The publication back end of PCSTATS relies on the
Rydium|Ware Spark Content Management System (CMS). Spark is a proprietory
CMS engine, and has been in development on a continuing basis
over the years to suit the changing demands of mixed text/image heavy
content, emerging advertising standards, and advancing search engine
The Spark CMS engine is coded in the ColdFusion
ColdFusion is an application server and
software based development framework used for the production of dynamic
web sites. It was originally developed by Allaire, which was bought out by
Macromedia, which then merged with Adobe.
The PCSTATS back end hardware component is composed of multiple
ColdFusion application web servers which communicate with a dedicated
database. Network infrastructure is configured to support this
architecture, and feeds out to the Internet via a 1000Mbps pipe.
PCSTATS hosts its servers with Elite Internet Communications Inc. (www.eicomm.net).
EICOMM has proved itself a reliable hosting facility, and its services
come recommended by this website.
PCSTATS is powered by multiple 1U Rackable Systems C1000 webservers and a 3U Dell
Poweredge 2850 database server. All servers are powered by the Intel Xeon processor. Memory
modules installed in these servers include parts by the following vendors:
Micron/Crucial, Kingston Technology and Samsung. Data
storage requirements on SCSI, SATA and IDE standards are met by hard
drives from vendors Seagate and Western Digital.