Wednesday, March 31st 2010

I will be leaving TPU!

After all the drama in the comments section of our Fermi review, I realized that continuing with hardware reviews and this tech "scene" might not be what I want to do with my time in the future.

So I looked for options out of this mess, and found one, TPU will be operated by a different company in the near future, I will be leaving the site. But fear not, most of the staff will remain here, the site and forums will stay the same in the near future (months). However, I have no idea what's going to change in the long run but I'm sure it will be for the best.

Further info and a more detailed schedule will follow when I have a better idea what will happen with my software projects and other internals of the site.

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869 Comments on I will be leaving TPU!

#1
jimmyz
Wow. I have to say this is a shocker, I was reading when you first mentioned that you wanted to quit. I am still in shock from that.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do in the future. Of course you will be keeping us up to date as a member right?
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#2
sttubs
W1zz, you will be missed. I looked forward to your fair & honest reviews. Good luck in your future endeavors.
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#3
LittleLizard
What a real shame. Still, everyone soon or later has to moved on. Good Luck on whatever you are going to do ;)

GOODBYE W1ZZ
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#4
laszlo
wizz you can't leave

resistance is futile we assimilate you &viceversa


btw who thanked wizz for the post agree with his departure?!....
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#5
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Hate to see you leave and I am sad to see you sell the site. If this is truly goodbye, may luck be with you in future endeavors.

:ohwell:
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#6
tigger
I'm the only one
Sad to see you are going W1zzard,i have checked out a few tech forums,and settled on tpu.It did not seem to be full of dicks like some others,its quite the little community.I dont know were i will go if tpu comes to a sad end,as i guess most will leave if you do.

Your gpu reviews have always been informative and comprehensive.Its such a shame that a few morons have made you feel this way.

What ever you do after tpu i know you will kick ass at it,you will be sorely missed W1zzard.

Three cheers for W1zzard...hip hooray...hip hooray...hip hooray.

The very best of british cheer from me to you W1zzard.
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#7
Fourstaff
The real question is: How many is going along with W1z? If he goes, too bad for most of us, but I am sure he will quit one day, in a week, a month? a year? 10? But he has to quit, he is not immortal. However, if the whole website disintegrates when he leaves, that's got me worried. Its not like I am encouraging him to leave, its just me seeing things in a different way.
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#8
rickss69
Make everyone's post count go back to one before leaving....:laugh:
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#9
PHaS3
HalfAHertz said:
I'd have to say give credit where credit is due. Not only is W1z one of the most unbiased and best reviewers on the web, but the entire TPU team has done an amazing job here, making this place truly unique and rewarding. Unfortunately I am sure that many of them will follow suit and leave us as well. So I would just like to say once again thank you W1z and everyone else on the TPU team - Mussels, BTA, Erocker, Paulie, etc. Sorry if I left someone out...
I agree, TPU and W1z definitely do some of the best reviews ever. I mean, what other site or reviewer goes into such detail with all the graphics cards? no one strips every card and comments on specific cooling or board design choices...

This is an absolute tragedy... I am torn deep inside. I hope some people feel ashamed.
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#10
Cold Storm
Battosai
W1zzard, it was a hornor to be on this site with you threw out the years. To read your reviews and the off the wall banter of your trade show adventures. It's a sad day to hear that you are going to leave. But, you got a great road ahead of you, and plenty to do. Wish you the best at what you will be doing and wish it didn't have to happen the way it did.

:toast: on a job well done.


I'll make sure to poor out a glass of liquor in your name. :respect:
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#11
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Ok now that I have realized it is not April 1st in Germany I think he might be serious, but I hope not.

It is true that lots of old members (such as myself) have disappeared, gone off to do other things and are not as active, and therefore this place does not have the kindness around that it used to have. The new users don't know correct conduct, maybe we need more mods, maybe we just need to teach the next generation respect and and proper way to speak. Maybe us, the users are at fault. The internet is evolving, maybe to a more mad, angry and social unaccpetable society.

I joined when I was 15. I can originally for the ATITool software, found the forums, asked a question, and stayed once you yourself answered it, along with many other friendly responses. I quickly found the community was amazing for helping me build a computer, I could not have done it without them. They helped me pick my parts, overclock, and more. I have been here for a little over 4 years. I have learned a lot about computers, technology, software, hardware, and surprisingly about society and how to interact socially and maturely. If I don't have this place to come to anymore, if I don't have W1z around anymore, it will make me very unhappy.

W1z, you have done nothing wrong, we enjoy your presence, your software, your contributions to tech and our community. You will be greatly missed. Please reconsider, and think about what you are doing before you take this huge step. You built this community from the ground up, and watched it grow.

Maybe you don't need to change, but we do. PM me if there is anything I can do.
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#12
DanishDevil
...I don't even know where to begin here.

I came to TPU originally for the great reviews. They have been getting better and better ever since. W1zz, you spend thousands of dollars on hardware that nobody else has (ex. to measure power consumption of GPUs themselves rather than the whole system) and have given the community here so much.

I have stayed at TPU for the community, and I have learned endless amounts of knowledge here. To be honest, I owe TechPowerUp! forums a lot. I learned 95% of what I know about computers right here.

To be frank, I am almost ashamed to call myself a part of this community after what I saw happen in that thread. Those people have no idea how much time you have put into every review, and how much time a re-bench of cards takes.

If you do leave us, I just hope you know that you will be dearly missed, and that what you saw in that thread is not an accurate reflection of how much the TPU community appreciates all the hard work you have done.

:toast: to W1zzard in all his future endeavors, here or elsewhere!
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#14
drunko
Wizzard thanks for all the great reviews and helpful Knowledge shared with tech power up fans over the years. this site is the first and last place i check everyday, no other site compares, it wont be the same if you leave :cry: i wish you luck with whatever you do :toast:
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#15
OneCool
Something stinks about all this bullshit and I dont like it.

This better not be some nvidia pushing people around crap....
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#22
ZenZimZaliben
This is an April fools joke. W1zard could just as easily disappear and not mention it, let other people sign his reviews using his handle and slowly phase himself out.

He's intelligent and methodical so I find it highly unlikely he would abruptly quit TPU the day before April 1st. Causing drama and panic, 2 things he hates. I have been coming to this site for 5 years and there is always some sort of April fools joke..usually with a day or 2 lead in time to prep and make it believable.

This could also be a lesson. Imagine if another company comes in. New Rules. Maybe new mods. More than likely a lot more advertising. FUD. This is called a reality check to people that don't understand how good we/they have it.

I hope I am right!
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#24
Sasqui
Saying W1zzard will be missed is like saying that to George Washington when he says "Naaa... don't think I want to be president anymore". W1z is not only one really smart guy, but a true leader and extremely generous. Personally, he's done some some really cool things that have made me go "wow". You won't find that ANYWHERE else.

He created this board, shaped the culture and a place that I visit more often than any other site on the internet.

Insert huge SAD face and a PLEA not to hand this site over to someone else!!!

... or a PLZ make this an April 1st joke :)
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#25
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
ZenZimZaliben said:
This is an April fools joke. W1zard could just as easily disappear and not mention it, let other people sign his reviews using his handle and slowly phase himself out.

He's intelligent and methodical so I find it highly unlikely he would abruptly quit TPU the day before April 1st. Causing drama and panic, 2 things he hates. I have been coming to this site for 5 years and there is always some sort of April fools joke..usually with a day or 2 lead in time to prep and make it believable.
This actually makes sense. I can see why he would get bored with this stuff, but he's not much for drama, and this is nothing but drama.
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