Saturday, May 4th 2013

Presenting the All New TechPowerUp

Welcome to the all new TechPowerUp, a refreshing redesign of your favorite place on the web for PC hardware and technology.

Our brand new site design modernizes the site, makes it more usable, while not deviating from our focus on simplicity, without confusing it with minimalism. The site features clean and bright elements that are ready for ultra high-definition displays, and devices with high-density screens, such as iPad with Retina display, and the new breed of smartphones with 1080p displays. Our site not only scales up with some of these devices, but also its elements keep up with high-density displays.

Our new site design introduces a suite of new features to our main sections, including Reviews, Downloads, Case-mod Gallery, and our four databases. The Reviews section gets more usable summary lists, the Downloads section makes it easier to find what you're looking for. The Case-mod gallery is optimized for high-resolution images, and features an improved gallery view. We've always considered our four databases - Reviews, VGA BIOS, GPU, and CPU, our strengths, and optimized each with unique sets of new features that greatly improve usability. All the content is timed to the users' local time.

Work on the all new TechPowerUp began in early-2013, and was designed by taking inputs and feedback from all of our departments. In April, we opened the new design up for testing by the TechPowerUp Forums community, and took a great deal of feedback from it.

We're extremely happy to launch our new interface to the web, designed by everyone who holds the site dear.
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136 Comments on Presenting the All New TechPowerUp

#1
gvblake22
by: W1zzard
that's a known issue. i'm undecided whether this should be added. no smileys will keep it kinda clean and keep things more simple
I like it simple without the smileys and avatars. Great job on the redesign. Loves me some responsive web action!
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#2
Maban
The ~200 pixels of nothingness on each side is just plain stupid.
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#3
wiak
would be nice if the fonts was changed to something thats better to read
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#4
Maban
Row highlighting in the CPU/GPU DB like on the first page of GPU reviews would be nice.
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#5
lemonadesoda
New style doesnt work for me.

1./ Main noticeable change is the narrow font... but not a good one. There are better. (Or it just doesnt render well at the chosen font size)
2./ It lets you put "more" on the line... but doesnt change the quality of what is written. The reverse in fact. It allows lazy verbose journalism.
3./ Keep the other changes by all means, but fix the fonts. In its current state, the net net is negative.
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#6
Sasqui
I HATE the fact that links I've been to aren't RED, maybe that's an IE thing?

I love the spell check feature!!! New look is good, but kinda soft and fluffy like a pokemon.
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#7
LAN_deRf_HA
The not highlighting links thing is taking over the web, I guess for appearances. Look at TR and Anandtech. What spell check are you talking about?
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#8
bmaverick
Love the new format. It's easy to get real news and the scoop on things. I'll be popping over there more often now. :)
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#9
D007
by: W1zzard
At this time there are no plans to change the forum skin, design, user interface or anything else on the forums.

Please report any issues you encounter in this thread.
Someone needs to update Wiz's Avatar for him..lol.. I know we have some talented artists around here, who could make that avatar get a modern flare to it. :pimp:

Great job on the update btw.. 07

by: Maban
The ~200 pixels of nothingness on each side is just plain stupid.
Bit on the overly critical side, in a rude way there..
How about you make a whole new format for the forums and make it less stupid?
Then we can see how great people think your design is..

"Constructive" criticism is nice..
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#10
Depth
The bottom of the newest comment page doesn't have the gigantic "add your own comment" button.

I'm sure I'd leave a lot of comments if it did, seeing as how alluring it is to click something that is 50+ times the size of my mouse cursor.
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#11
Hilux SSRG
Like the daily review section layout. Nice touch on greying out the source.
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#12
buggalugs
I like it!! I'm so happy the popup links are gone. I hated them. I hope they're not coming back.

Only thing I would suggest, put the pictures next to the story(left or right) instead of underneath. It looks more tidy on the side, like how they do it on the anandtech site.

And maybe move the "Todays Reviews" into a feed on the side, in place of the forum posts, move the forum posts down. Same with the nextpowerup section, move it to a feed on the side.

When you click the home page, you need to scroll down to see news. It would be better to see the best /latest story of the day on the home page without scrolling.
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#13
Maban
by: D007
Bit on the overly critical side, in a rude way there..
How about you make a whole new format for the forums and make it less stupid?
Then we can see how great people think your design is..

"Constructive" criticism is nice..
Don't see how it's overly critical. I did come off rather rude though I suppose. Either way, the width of the page as it is is still much better than a lot of sites, but "already better than others" isn't really a good stopping point.
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#14
Steven B
I actually am getting used to it and i wanted to say you did a good job!
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#15
chaotic_uk
I don't like it tbh although it does look cleaner . it reminds me of hexus to much :shadedshu (sorry)
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#16
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Maban
Don't see how it's overly critical. I did come off rather rude though I suppose. Either way, the width of the page as it is is still much better than a lot of sites, but "already better than others" isn't really a good stopping point.
Especially when the old site filled the entire screen already and gave you the option to shrink the site to a narrower size if you prefer, this is a step backwards.
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#17
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
The new look is nice, but I think the characters used in the black strip at the top and in the article titles would be easier to read if they had a 1:1 aspect ratio, rather than look tall in a condensed font.

Also, the web page should be able to be stretched across the whole width of a 1920 pixel wide monitor if the user wants it.

What's the logic in restricting this?
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#18
SK-1
So far so good...
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#19
radusorin
by: Error

But I have 2 complaints:

One is that (history-wise) already visited/opened links don't change colours.

And the other one is that when I read an article - I usually click on the "comments" link to read the article from the forums. I just like it best that way - nice, clean and well-formated.
Pretty much this. If the comment link is a no then could you please add a forum link/button next to every article or some sort of way to get there fast from the article. If you manage this then every thing is perfect for me at list. Liking the rest.
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#20
BiggieShady
by: Error


One is that (history-wise) already visited/opened links don't change colours. :( That pretty much confuses me when I regularly check the site (I have a bad short-term memory I suppose).

And the other one is that when I read an article - I usually click on the "comments" link to read the article from the forums. I just like it best that way - nice, clean and well-formated. :)

I just want to ask this one thing - could you please add a forum link/button next to every article - I'll be very, very, Very happy if you do that :) :) :)
by: radusorin
Pretty much this. If the comment link is a no then could you please add a forum link/button next to every article or some sort of way to get there fast from the article. If you manage this then every thing is perfect for me at list. Liking the rest.
These were mentioned couple of times before. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but as I gathered this is intentional behavior. Not linking directly to forum thread for news posts is for better google rating, and visited links not being colored differently is for the looks.
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#21
ste2425
I like it quite allot but the text is very painful, think ill be skipping straight to the forum because i cant last half a page without my eyes feeling tired. It's a shame because it does look nice.
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#22
radusorin
by: BiggieShady
These were mentioned couple of times before. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but as I gathered this is intentional behavior. Not linking directly to forum thread for news posts is for better google rating, and visited links not being colored differently is for the looks.
I'm referring only to the comments(xx) link. The normal post link can stay as it is. This is for me the biggest inconvenience. Don't really mind if the site remembers the visited link and i can even do whit the font. I just want the comment link to redirect me to forum comments (maybe only for log in members, if it helps, or any mechanics, don't really care as long as it takes me to the forum thread).
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#23
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: radusorin
I'm referring only to the comments(xx) link. The normal post link can stay as it is. This is for me the biggest inconvenience. Don't really mind if the site remembers the visited link and i can even do whit the font. I just want the comment link to redirect me to forum comments (maybe only for log in members, if it helps, or any mechanics, don't really care as long as it takes me to the forum thread).
+1 This switch is likely trivial to implement.
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#24
lemonadesoda
The new font choices are a step backwards IMO. And an example of bad consumer choices over quality. Why? The font selection is designed to maximise the amount of text on a consumer TFT which is 1080 and 27". The font might be readable on a grossed up display. But for those with hi-pixel density, this particular font does not play well with cleartype or with font scaling (120 dpi fonts). Going back would be a step in the right direction. However, if TPU is no longer enthusiast, but consumerist, then I guess it fits TPU's new target market! :shadedshu
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#25
BiggieShady
by: radusorin
I'm referring only to the comments(xx) link.
Yes, I know. Also, this was different on the old site.
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