Into a new era

Sixteen years ago, we fired up a modest web server session and began posting news items about the latest in PC tech and gaming. Over time, that little fly-by-night endeavor grew to become something bigger and better than anything we could anticipate—a full-time job for a number of very sharp people and a publication that produced some of the finest in-depth articles and reviews in the PC hardware space. We were able to build something unique, something that hadn't existed yet in print magazines or elsewhere, a place where community interaction fed our own ambitions to provide smarter testing, imaginative writing, and instant accountability. I'm very proud of what The Tech Report has become, and I'm happy to to have cataloged the incredible progress of an industry that has improbably made dreams come true for a generation of early PC enthusiasts. I'm especially pleased that we've been able to track that progress with an empirical approach to testing that attempts to capture a sense of the user experience.

Some months ago, I got a phone call from Raja Koduri, who heads up the newly formed Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. Raja asked me if I'd be interested in coming to work at AMD, to help implement the frame-time-based testing methods for game performance that I've championed here at TR. In talking with Raja, I came to see that he has a passion for doing things the right way, for creating better experiences for Radeon owners. He was offering me a unique opportunity to be a part of that effort, to move across organizational lines and help ensure that the Radeon Technologies Group creates the best possible experiences for gamers. AMD is a company facing some distinct challenges right now, but it's also loaded with potential—and the Radeon Technologies Group has a renewed vision and focus under Raja's leadership.

In the end, this opportunity was simply too good to pass up. Early in the new year, I will be joining AMD in my new role. As a result, I'll be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of The Tech Report.

TR will continue, of course, under the able leadership of Jeff Kampman, who has been working with us for a year and a half and, as Managing Editor, has essentially been running the site for the past six months. Regular readers will already know that Jeff is a very capable writer and editor in the mold of our best staffers over the years. He will be assisted by a solid stable of writers, including Mark, Tony, and Bruno, all of whom have been providing excellent reviews and news in the TR tradition through the course of the past year. We are also looking to hire another full-time editor, as you may know, to help with my traditional coverage areas of CPUs and graphics. I believe strongly in The Tech Report's mission to provide honest, in-depth coverage of the personal computing space with style and insight. With your continued support, the site should go on fulfilling that mission for years to come. I'll be happy to provide what advice I can to Jeff and the rest of the TR staff from time to time, but given my new role in the industry, I won't have any input into TR's editorial choices going forward.

Some thanks

On a personal note, I'd like to take a moment to thank as many folks as I can for making the past sixteen years a possibility for me and the rest of the TR staff. First and foremost, the support we've gotten from our community of readers has been the key to everything. Without you all, I never could have had the privilege of testing and writing about the latest tech on a daily basis. Thank you for your moral and financial support, your interest, your patience with our faults, and yes, even your criticism. Serving you has been deeply rewarding.

Next, I want to thank a number of key TR staffers over the years, especially Geoff Gasior and Cyril Kowaliski, who put up with my brusque editorial critiques for way longer than anyone reasonably could have expected. Ronald Hanaki has posted our Shortbread links for ages without ever accepting a penny's worth of compensation, simply as a service to the community, and I can't thank him enough for his contribution. Jordan Drake served as our podcast host for seven years and somehow made a bunch of nerds sound conversationally competent. Our sales guy, Adam Eiberger, somehow managed to sell enough ads to keep multiple full-time editors employed even through the darkest of economic times. Steve Roylance built our custom content management system from the ground up and made it ridiculously quick. Bruno Ferreira extended it with the nifty Metal comments system and then built our distinctive pay-what-you-want subscription system, which I believe points to an important way forward for independent publishers. My lovely wife Stephanie quietly kept the books for TR all these years without ever drawing a paycheck, and she put up with my countless late nights on deadline and long days spent testing with a grace beyond measure. I'm missing people, because the list is too long, but thanks also to Sander Pilon, Steve Gibson, my co-founder Andy Brown, Jeff Atwood, and a host of other TR writers and supporters over the years.

Thanks also to the many companies who agreed to sponsor the site, especially long-time sponsors like Newegg, Asus, Corsair, Gigabyte, XFX, and OCZ. Many of these folks supported us even though our reviews often criticized their products. In a similar vein, thanks to all of the companies brave enough to send us hardware to review, despite knowing the risks they were taking. I'm also grateful for my fellow journalists who have acted as sounding boards and allies countless times. You're good folks.

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    • Tamale
    • 4 years ago

    This is awesome, Scott! Congratulations! The Tech Report is such a great legacy to leave behind but your new job sounds amazing, too. I’m really happy for you and thankful I was able to be a part of something with you.

    • The Jedi
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been aware of TR since 1998/99 and visited occasionally. You guys had the best hard drive and sound card reviews in particular.

    I discovered the TR podcast maybe two years ago, and I was like, wow, this kind of in-depth tech discussion is the kind of detail that as I a PC enthusiast, really eat up. So Scott, it’s a little saddening to see you move on, but you and Geoff have really set the standard for in-depth PC enthusiast journalism. And there are plenty of choices like Anandtech and TechPowerUp and all, but especially for the big new launches and the podcast, I gravitated toward The Tech Report. Thank you guys, and keep it up.

    • redwood36
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations and the best of luck. Always good to see grassroots initiatives being recognized and brought into the fold.

    • Sam125
    • 4 years ago

    Wow Scott, congratulations! This job offer couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person who really has devised several innovative new metrics for measuring true performance beyond FPS. Best of luck to you at AMD and I will more than likely be even more inclined to purchase AMD now.

    To new beginnings!

    • Tech Savy
    • 4 years ago

    Okay, it’s time to say my Goodbyes. I must admit, I was afraid of this when I saw the other merry men depart one by one. However, you are the cornerstone that TechReport is built on. I have been reading your articles before podcasts and video podcasts. It took me years to chime in.

    None of you guys know this but before I was Tech Savy I was Modivated1. I made some opinionated remarks that I thought was fair and I got band. I’ve got know problem with it though, it’s not my site. There still was no where else I could go to get the quality of reviews I could get here.

    There were times I thought reviews were bias, but I never thought that they were bought. Ultimately I guess Scott proved me wrong about any bias with this move he has made. Also I am not sure it was you Scott but I was finishing out my programming B.S. Degree and I was hung up on some SQL code trying to write in the delete function to enable a user to erase an account from the Website I was developing (Along with my team of Classmates of course). I was stuck so I went to the “I Dream in Code” website and asked for help. A profile named Damage was really there trying to help me every step of the way. I didn’t figure my answer out through him but if that was you, thanks.

    I have a lot more to thank you for too. You and your team of experts did a diligent job over the years to build and share a truly original experience with us. I believe it will continue to be that way. Things just seemed to happen faster than I was ready for,…. never the less, I wish you the Best.

    Make AMD shine!!

    • Spunjji
    • 4 years ago

    I’m late to this particular post but wanted to offer my thanks for all these years of excellent articles. The AMD opportunity sounds like a fantastic one, not to mention extremely appropriate! Good luck for the future, sir πŸ˜€

    • LoneWolf15
    • 4 years ago

    Man. I get busy for a week, and the day I forget to take my blood pressure medication, this happens. ;^)

    Scott, my congratulations on what must (obviously) be an exciting new opportunity for you. I hope this does not mean we will miss you at any BBQs here in Michigan. Your site will remain to me as the most objective, down-to-earth site for tech I know of.

    To the rest of the TR team – I look forward to the new chapter.

    (Edit) P.S. “The Wasson Cup” award in cornhole should live on!

    • sunner
    • 4 years ago

    Bon voyage, Scott
    as you sail off “Into A New Era”….
    we at Tech Report will never forget you, our good friend and leader.

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    So Scott when is the official start date??

    • itachi
    • 4 years ago

    Hah man I’m so happy for you, that’s really awesome ! Thanks to Raja for recruiting scott ! Scott is the real deal, good choice :).

    • Pez
    • 4 years ago

    A sad day but you leave the site in excellent hands. Thank you for your work over the years Scott and I wish you the best at AMD

    o7

    • Ph.D
    • 4 years ago

    AMD could definitely use your help. Good luck!

    • farmpuma
    • 4 years ago

    What most everyone else said times two!

    We old-timers are spoiled and we will Never get enough Damage.

    Sooo much loss this year. In real life (another funeral on Wednesday) and virtual life.
    And yet, in every instance an upside.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been thinking this over for a few days what to say… but this is all I came with:

    Thank you for 7+ years of awesome content, I wish you the best of luck!

    • Billstevens
    • 4 years ago

    Awesome looking forward to stronger and better performing AMD gpu’s in the future keeping Nvidia prices in check.

    • LaChupacabra
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, Scott

    =)

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats on the position but this site will undoubtedly suffer from this and other recent losses. What will TR’s swan song be?

    • CWagz
    • 4 years ago

    I have been reading since you guys first got started. Great site. Best of luck to you over at AMD. I always have been on the green team but I guess it will be good to have some competition.

    I am not sure why but with the changes at AnandTech and now this I am starting to feel old.

    Chad

    • madgun
    • 4 years ago

    Back in 2003, I found techreport googling for a tech related site and loved it’s format the most. Scott Wasson to me seemed the most genuine and knowledgeable writer who could go in depth on any conversation. I have grown fond of his way of writing over the course of these many years and it’s sad to see him leave the world of tech journalism. He’s kind of mentored my way of thinking about GPU and CPU architectures.

    The world of tech journalism will be poorer without Scott!

    • Techonomics
    • 4 years ago

    This is what I get when month end work keeps me from visiting this site for several days. -_-

    I’m an 8 year lurker and donator, and Scott and TR have provided immeasurable guidance on my PC DIY endeavors over the years. It makes me sad to see you go Scott, but I wish you all the best over at AMD. I also look forward to reading TR under Jeff’s continued direction.

    And while I’ll never experience this myself, is this the feeling fathers get when they see their daughters married off for the first time?

    I’ll still keep the bat in the closet, AMD.

    • Xylker
    • 4 years ago

    /sheds a tear.

    My one consolation is that perhaps you’ll find more time to hoist a beer in Austin and surrounding environs…

    • ermo
    • 4 years ago

    The Damage is done.

    Godspeed Scott and here’s hoping that you’ll be able to make a difference at AMD.

    In the meantime, I’ll continue to depend on the fine gentlemen here @TR to craft well researched and quoteworthy tech reviews. And while the only constant in life is change, I sure will miss your deft editorial touch.

    Just make sure to create a good team of people around you, ok? Us AMD customers and gamers need to know that we’ve got someone at AMD who has been in the trenches long enough to intuitively and immediately understand what it is that we look for in a product and knows how to, in the words of Jean Luc Picard, “Make it so”.

    All the best from .dk

    • Mourmain
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck, Scott! Thank you for all you work here!

    • Hallucinosis
    • 4 years ago

    Wish you great success in your new role. I’m not a regular poster here, but I’ve been a long time fan, since the ars days.

    • meerkt
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats!

    Here’s hoping your new employer sticks around…

    • credible
    • 4 years ago

    Fantastic news Scott, all the best to you in your new endeavor, perhaps you can help bring AMD to the top of the graphics hill again.

    • Judicator
    • 4 years ago

    I lurk this site pretty much since it started, while it’s good to see you setting off for a new exciting journey I feel a little bit sad knowing that my favourite, and actually one of the best, site in the net is loosing a key element.
    Wish you the best of luck Scott.

    • Jigar
    • 4 years ago

    I go on 10 days vacation for the first time in my 12 year career and this happens, i am shocked. Anyway, it gives me more confidence in AMD drivers since Frame pacing inventor himself is now looking into the matter. Good luck Damage and hope you can at-least write Etc. from time to time as community service to TR.

    Best of luck once again. πŸ™‚

    • Arclight
    • 4 years ago

    Make them understand that if you’re not first, you’re last. It’s not even a joke given that there are only 2 manufacturers that matter in the PC gaming world.

    • bender
    • 4 years ago

    Wow. Guess I’ve been coming to this site for about 16 years. I graduated high school in 1999 and TR (there is no dash dagnabbit) was pretty much one of the first sites I found on the young net that satisfied my hunger for deep tech reviews and news. I have a similar tenure with Ars (and VE3D for that matter I guess), but TR was the only one that generated a community that I felt compelled to actually create a login. I think that says something about the quality of the site. (derek smart derek smart DEREK SMART! … you too Adi)

    I should feel sad since Damage and Dissonance have been a staple in my life for so long, but they’re(ve) both moving onto great things, and I’m thrilled about that. Thanks so much Geoff. I really wish you the best and I hope that your passion continues to exact a profound amd positive influence on the evolution of computing technology in general (and brings me back after my first transgression since the 9800 Pro πŸ˜‰

      • adisor19
      • 4 years ago

      πŸ™‚

    • EvilLandlord
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations and good luck! Please have them fix their linux drivers!

    • PhilipMcc
    • 4 years ago

    As others have stated, techreport is my go-to site. It will continue to be for a long time.

    Thanks for your dedication. All the best in the future!

    • cynan
    • 4 years ago

    Now that Scott is finally leaving his basement to work for AMD, I too am inspired to leave my parents’ basement in pursuit of my career!

    Even in leaving, Scott still continues to give to his readership.

    Wishing Damage the best in kicking more superterranean ass than a pair of donkeys in a MMA cage match at AMD

      • ermo
      • 4 years ago

      Heh. Great line, that. I actually got two Radeon HD4850 512MB cards due to [url=https://techreport.com/news/14970/radeon-hd-4850-slips-out-nvidia-responds<]that (p)review.[/url<]

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 4 years ago

    TR casts a big shadow in the world of tech journalism, yet avoids all smelliness, congratulations on a job well done. Good luck with getting those frames delivered on time.

    • doubtful500
    • 4 years ago

    This is a sad day. Scott, you will be missed. I have been reading The Tech Report since the beginning. I rarely miss a day when I do not stop by to read the news and the articles. I wish you the best at AMD. I also wish for the continued success of The Tech Report. The legacy can continue.

    • Scolasticus
    • 4 years ago

    Another congratulations Scott. I have really enjoyed reading your comprehensive, well-written and scientific articles and commentary over the years. Best wishes for the new job.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 4 years ago

    Gah, has it been 12 years? I remember joining up back in March 2003. Scott, it’s been a long time.

    I wish you nothing but the greatest success and as a Radeon fan (after getting burned by the Geforce 4 mx440, I’ve been Radeon ever since), I EXPECT, nay, I DEMAND GREAT things from you over at AMD.

    All the best.

    • --k
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, we’ll keep the place warm in your absence. TR has been one of the few OC geek sites that I still visit, even though I’m no longer following the scene. 16 years is a long time, but Im guessing that it doesn’t feels like it. Thank you, and best of luck.

    • TruthSerum
    • 4 years ago

    Bigger and better things for Scott, godspeed.

    Now instead of just investigating frame latencies, you are responsible for them PERSONALLY!
    Any AMD frame stuttering from now on will be denoted “Wasson’s latency” in forum history.

    Not to be confused with “Wasson’s legacy” – which we will remember fondly.

    Best of luck and buttery smooth frames to you. Consider taking Ronch along as a fall guy.
    He’s ready.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah sure I’d take a bullet for Scott.

      • Wonders
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]Any AMD frame stuttering from now on will be denoted "Wasson's latency" in forum history.[/quote<] Hahahaha.

    • El_MUERkO
    • 4 years ago

    I upgraded my first PC and built my second based on your guides and with the help of the TR forums, sorry to see you go but I trust you’ve left us in good hands.

    As to AMD, whip them into shape, nVidia need to be pushed and not just with raw performance; power usage, heat and noise matter even to performance nuts like myself; I’m confident you’ll have a positive influence over team red πŸ™‚

    • d0g_p00p
    • 4 years ago

    If Geoff, Cyril and the rest of the folks behind TR knew this I understand more why they left to work elsewhere. I shed a silent tear when Geoff left because to me TR *WAS* Scott and Geoff so losing half the team was losing half the site.

    Now Scott, you are leaving? Good god man will you ever be missed. I have zero doubts you are leaving TR in more than capable hands but as like most people I don’t like change so this will be hard for myself getting used to without you around.

    I hope Damage Jr will continue to stick around and do reviews and hopefully in another couple of years we will see his name headlining the front page reviews. That would make me happy.

    Everything has been said by your readership but I’ll say it again. You will be missed and I wish you nothing but the best at AMD.

    • Mad_Dane
    • 4 years ago

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    • paulWTAMU
    • 4 years ago

    Please help fix AMD. And thanks for years of a great site! Good luck in new venture.

    • ste_mark
    • 4 years ago

    I’m also one of the many lurkers. Been around here since 2006 and it has long been my only source for reviews on anything computer related. Great job Scott. All the best for your new job.

    • driller
    • 4 years ago

    I started visiting this site back when it was called tech-report.com, it won’t be the same without you.

    • khelben1979
    • 4 years ago

    It was a very long time since I posted anything on here, but since this is a very big and important thing. I wanted to say that I’ve been reading this TR for a long time now (7+ years) and I must say that this is the place I go to read serious hardware- reviews, news and other things.

    I hope you won’t disappear in the AMD crowd and that you get some attention on the work you are going to be doing. I don’t know the future of AMD, but do your best to avoid a possible burn out, because I’m sure you’re going to get filled up with lots of jobs, and so it is very understandable that you need to be focused on one job at a time.

    Will you be allowed to post AMD related opinions over here at this TR forum, or will that be a problem once you’re hired?

    Good luck at your new job at AMD next year!

    • kvndoom
    • 4 years ago

    Awww man, I’m speechless. I’m happy for you Scott, but man I hate to see you go…

    Like ham with no burger…
    Peanut butter with no jelly….
    Cheese with no crackers…
    Humpty with no Dumpty…

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      β€œA drum with no head. A pump with no grip. A song with no voice. Still it is mine. Still it is mine”

    • TREE
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been reading the TechReport since around 2001. I would sit in what was called the “common room” at my high school, hidden away from everyone. I would read about awesome new hardware from an old Pentium 3 machine I’d put together from old computer parts lying around various departments of the school. Scott’s, Geoff ‘s, Cyril’s, and other staffers, articles were written in such a way that even a 14 year old like myself could read, understand and thoroughly enjoy.

    Scott and the TechReport brought me many a joyous lunch hour of reading, whilst I was struggling to keep up with my school work and turbulent aspects of my home life. The TechReport was my escape and I’ll always be thankful for Scott’s hard work and the excellent team he built around him.

    Thank you Scott and best of luck at AMD! I have no doubt they have a ton of knowledge and perspective to gain from you.

    • Vrock
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck, and thanks for producing a great site.

    • anubis44
    • 4 years ago

    Scott, congratulations. I’m very happy for you and I know you’ll bring the candor and passion for good gaming that always ran through your reviews of hardware here on this site to AMD.

    The fact that Raja Koduri himself contacted you and offered you this opportunity speaks VOLUMES about the seriousness with which AMD is now pursuing making themselves the gold standard for gaming. As Radeon card owner, this news makes me more confident in my hardware decision, and as an investor in AMD, this news makes me even more confident that AMD is making the right decisions. πŸ™‚

    Will you be moving to Toronto? As a Toronto native, I can tell you it’s one hell of a city!

    • paul 343
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats Scott,

    I have been a long time reader of this site… it is by far my favorite tech site. It somehow seems often to be a quiet breath of sanity during the crazy busy days.

    All the best at AMD and thank you very much for your huge efforts on this site.

    All of a sudden I am a little bit more proud of my video card from the red team!

    Cheers,

    Paul

    • yeti
    • 4 years ago

    Bloody hell.. life takes me away from reading this site for nearly a week, I get back and find that 2 days ago the Editor in chief is hanging up his shingle!!!
    Well, now this thread seems to be dead or nearly so, all I can do is add to the congratulations as above and all the best with your new career at AMD. Thank you Mr Wasson!

    • bhtooefr
    • 4 years ago

    Wow.

    Congrats on your new job, and congrats to AMD for getting you. Your contributions to tech journalism will definitely be missed, but hopefully we’ll get to see your contributions to AMD before too long.

    • Zop
    • 4 years ago

    Scott was one of my favorites at Ars, and I began reading and lurking here from the beginning. I have never commented, and registered only for this. I will probably never comment again.

    Thank you. Thank you so much for everything you have done, and will continue to do, Mr. Wasson.

    • Buzzard44
    • 4 years ago

    The last thing I thought AMD needed right now was more Damage… <kneeslap>

    Jokes aside, just wow. Really will be a new era. I imagine I’m pretty representative of your typical reader – tech guy working in tech, lurking since 07 or so, complains about ISPs – and I have to say I’m immensely grateful for all your efforts.

    Sure everybody has jobs they slave away at, but when you really work hard, provide a lot of value, are passionate about your work to make your customers and coworkers happy, it really shows. Thanks for everything you’ve done, and best of luck at your new job! I’ll be looking forward to seeing you as a “guest” on future podcast episodes!

    Edit: P.S. If you ever feel down, just make someone query the comments database for the summation of the up/down votes on this article, and compare it to the rest of the articles.

    • house
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats Scott. TR was the first site I regularly visited way back to 2000. It was my first forum membership and sparked my passion for tech that I still kindle daily. TR guided me through upgrading the GPU on my Compaq as a high school student to building my dream system today. Best of luck in the future. You have built something great and left the tech community a better place. Please do a guest editorial now and then!

    • Amien
    • 4 years ago

    Damn… Actually feeling emotional… End of an era indeed.
    All the best to you big guy, thank you for everything :’)

    • leor
    • 4 years ago

    I guess sometimes things just appear to be a pattern, and other times appearances are true!

    Good luck, and may you have a positive influence on AMD, i bet they won’t be late sending TR the next Nano anyway!

    • Price0331
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been following the site since 2007, way back when I was in my sophomore year of high school. Now I am wrapping up my Master’s, and the only thing I think that has stayed constant is my love for PC hardware, and the daily visit I pay the site. I don’t see either changing soon, and you have definitely left a lasting impression on myself, personally. It really says something when the people you receive your tech advice from aren’t just so good they change industry standards, but so great that they go on to directly change tech companies themselves. I wish you well at AMD.

    • PR1ME1
    • 4 years ago

    It sounds like AMD is doing some……damage control.

    • Kharnellius
    • 4 years ago

    Gonna be sorely missed! Congrats on your new endeavors, though! πŸ™‚

    • atari030
    • 4 years ago

    You will be sorely missed around here as a leading force for TR, but my most sincere congratulations on the new opportunity you have at AMD.

    Change is difficult, but wishing that you have as great and positive an influence there as you did here. Prost!

    • khands
    • 4 years ago

    I haven’t posted in a while, but I just wanted to thank you Scott for your awesome attention to what is actually important about what’s going on in the tech industry, particularly the hardware side. TechReport is one of three outlets that I can still depend on for accurate, unbiased news and the one I hold in highest regard. This is all because of the standards you have set for quality, both in your content and your team. Thanks again Scott for all the hard work and good luck to you, your family, and your new work family at AMD. We will miss you.

      • honeybeetr
      • 4 years ago

      i was just wondering, what are the other 3 honest sites?

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      Yes what are the other 2 outlets….techpowerup maybe might be one, they do have a great forum and a huge stash of GPU bios and downloads that can come in handy to get at:)

      I also like overclockers.com they have some very helpful people on their forums that will take your GPU bios and modify it for you to what you want. I only suggest doing this if your smart enough to buy a GPU with at least a dual bios switch. I for one think every Graphics card should come with 2 bioses….I picked the classified cards because it gave me 3 bios to choose from and I alway use the LN2 bios switch for my modified bioses and keep the standard and OC bios stock.

      Anyone buying a 980ti should really pay the extra for the Classified EVGA card, it is only 50-70$ more with a oversized PCB to spread out heat a 14+ power phases so VRM humm is pretty non existent on those cards….btw they are the same as the Kingpin version just with one less un needed power connector and a non see through shroud, plus a whole lot cheaper and well worth the premium over a standard 980ti. If your going to buy the best out there you might as well get the very best at around 650$ it comes with a front and backplate and multiple bioses along with a extra heatpipe since they can fit one since the PCB is alot wider and larger ACX fans.
      Plus they have the 3 month step up program along with about the best warrantee.

    • Vivaldi
    • 4 years ago

    Hi Scott,

    I’ll keep this brief at this risk of sounding utterly redundant.

    I simply want to say congratulations and a heart-felt thank you for everything you’ve given to this community.

    I’m a smarter and more well-rounded individual as a direct result of your tireless and inspired devotion to your craft–a debt that I can never truly repay.

    My only regret is that I don’t possess the words to properly articulate my vast appreciation for all that you’ve contributed to the technical community. TR, under your leadership, has been an ideological bastion of critical thought and open inquiry, and my life has been made better by it.

    Best of luck to you and yours.

    -Viv

      • Suspenders
      • 4 years ago

      +1
      Your comment echos exactly the way I feel.

      Scott, a heartfelt thanks here from a quiet reader of yours for all the great articles and podcasts over the years!

      Good luck with your new career! And hey, you never know, maybe we’ll see an article or two now and then when the itch strikes πŸ˜‰

      • continuum
      • 4 years ago

      ++;

      Congrats and best wishes, Scott!

    • zzz
    • 4 years ago

    I have a negative opinion of AMDs future, but with Scott going to work for them I held his opinions way higher than those of others ‘in the industry’ or whatever thoughts I’ve had about other companies: I’ll miss reading the articles, but I have somewhat renewed faith in AMD surviving just by Scott adding his name to their payroll. Good stuff, God speed and thanks for all the fish.

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      So did Scott, reading between the lines here (actually pretty much directly in the lines), but Raja was still able to convince him after their talks…Hmm. Keeping one hopeful eye on that place as always.

    • Damage
    • 4 years ago

    Thanks for all of the kind words, everybody. I’m humbled, a bit overwhelmed, and excited for the future. Thanks again!

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      You deserve every kind word and any non egotistical person would be humbled and overwhelmed.

      I also think your calm demeanor will help you a lot at AMD but do not be too calm when you know something and need to get your point across.

      I wonder if you will get your hands on a Zen CPU and how AMD will react when you tell them to get the most out of our AMD cards I need a badazz Intel rig so I compare it against this early zen silicone and our present CPU’s to show you the impact of running a single GPU and Crossfire.

      Get on them about how outdated their motherboards are also and the whole rebrand issue AMD has.
      It would not hurt to tell them a 5+ year old 2600k still outperforms the best CPU they have now…not that they do not know but a kind reminder is definitely called for.

      • danny e.
      • 4 years ago

      Congrats & best wishes.

      • TwoEars
      • 4 years ago

      And you tell that nice Su lady to be nice to you, or we’ll have to come over there and do something about that.

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      So long and thanks for all the fish!

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    I guarantee that you will regret any opportunities that you miss, so I’m glad that you jumped on this. Everyone needs a change of scenery once in a while, and joining team red sounds exciting. Onward and Upward!

    • wingless
    • 4 years ago

    DAMAGE WILL FIX AMD!!!!!!!

    I’m feeling MUCH better about AMD’s path with a man like Scott heading up some of this QA testing. Drivers will be more polished and all sorts of other goodies.

    Congratulations Scott and may your new adventure be fruitful!

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, i’m hopeful this will improve things too. Gotta make sure the hardware works, but if they focus on proper frame pacing that’d go far.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      “Damage will fix”

      Now isn’t that ironic?

      • Sabresiberian
      • 4 years ago

      This news actually made me feel more hopeful for AMD and the Radeon brand than I’ve felt in years. Hopefully AMD will really make good use of Scott’s knowledge and talents.

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      And if he doesn’t then it’s his fault πŸ˜€ j/k

      • Mikael33
      • 4 years ago

      Sure hope his paychecks don’t bounce πŸ˜‰

    • torquer
    • 4 years ago

    MORE EVIDENCE OF THE CLEAR PRO NVIDIA BIAS AT TR!!!

    DON’T BELIEVE THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS. WE ARE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS HERE PEOPLE.

    Seriously though, God speed. I’d personally be a little concerned about job security. Hopefully you have a golden parachute/wing suit/chokobo clause in your contract.

    I also hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of TR the way that Anand’s departure from Anandtech was for that once great website.

    Thanks for all you have done for the industry. There should be a statue of you somewhere, or a street sign, or a plaque, or maybe a limerick on a bathroom wall.

      • Kharnellius
      • 4 years ago

      A Statute of Unlimitations?!?!?!

        • torquer
        • 4 years ago

        lol good catch

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    As I begin my day by typing in TR’s URL, I feel like I’m visiting a familiar but empty place. Like visiting your school during school break. It all feels familiar and homey, but there’s nobody there. Everything’s quiet. An eerie silence like everyone’s up and about their usual routine but have nothing to say to anyone else because everyone is just too stunned to say anything.

      • torquer
      • 4 years ago

      And TR feels like a house with all the children gone. No, emptier even than that. We feel like we’ve left the best part of ourselves back there, in that once great CPU company.

      If you don’t know what I ripped that off from, its time to hang up your nerd pips.

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        IDK WHAT THAT IS, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE I’M NOT A NERD.

          • torquer
          • 4 years ago

          Dream the impossible dream.

    • cphite
    • 4 years ago

    Sorry to see you go, but happy that it’s for a great reason. Best of luck, and thanks!

    • dstrbd
    • 4 years ago

    As long time lurker and tech wannabe plumber, I am deeply saddened (like crushed to smithereens) to see the heart and soul of TR leaving. I had dubbed TR my home page after reading your review of the ATI 9800 Pro back in ’03 and have always appreciated the the colorful reviews from you and your staff.
    Seriously, as a plumber, this site is my only love!
    Good luck to you Scott and AMD for I am sure only great things will come of this for both of you.
    Jeff, congratulations and from what I’ve seen the TR community will still receive the great tech content it needs, like a TR video podcast with Damage in the not so distant future.

    P.S. Maybe you will finally be able to get your mitts on that AMD R9 Nano!

    • MrJP
    • 4 years ago

    Hi Scott,

    I could try to add many more words to those from the multitude of eloquent gerbils, but really it just boils down to two:

    Thank you.

    • Rapster
    • 4 years ago

    Scott, Thank you for setting the bar for ethics and hard work on the internet for so many years. Your work and your influence will be sorely missed. Godspeed.

    • Wirko
    • 4 years ago

    I see upvotes are green now, and downvotes are red. Is that going to change?

      • morphine
      • 4 years ago

      That’s not a bad idea. What were S3 and 3dfx’s colors again?

        • bhtooefr
        • 4 years ago

        Yellow for S3, orange for 3dfx.

      • danny e.
      • 4 years ago

      πŸ™‚ underappreciated post

    • BigTed
    • 4 years ago

    I’m not really one for posting comments on the interweb but I think this news deserves one – many thanks Scott for the last 16 years of hard work. TR has been at the top of my bookmarks for as long as I can remember. I was on dial-up when I first started reading.

    For some strange and probably irrational reason I’ve suddenly got a lot more confidence in AMD – best of luck with the new career!

    • thedosbox
    • 4 years ago

    Wow, I still remember when you left Ars, but quickly got over it once TR turned into another quality site.

    Good luck at AMD, and I hope your work plays some part in turning their fortunes around.

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    Hey Damage, when you get there start pushing on all monitor manufacturer’s to include freesync/DPv1.3 on all monitors!!!

    • gamoniac
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, Scott. All the best on your new endeavor, and thank you for all the great reviews and articles that I read here on TR in the last few years. You will be missed.

    • Peldor
    • 4 years ago

    I think I speak for most everyone when I say: DAAMIT!

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      AT LEAST IT’S NOT NGREEDIA

    • Aphasia
    • 4 years ago

    From somebody that came here, well, about 15 years ago now… this truly is an end of an era, but also the start of a new one. This has been the go-to site for all things pc-hardware and one of the few communities I’ve continued to be active in when it comes to forums ever since then.

    So kind of bitter sweet, but I wish you the best of luck. And I really hope you’ll do an interview with some ins’ and out’s of AMD and your work there in a bit of time.

    But because I’m an AMD user as well that just experienced the latest Beta(sadly, a bit buggy) I have great hopes for what you can accomplish, so clearly, it’s to everybody’s gain in the end.

    • plongin
    • 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for all the great content over the years, you’ll do great at AMD!

    • ColeLT1
    • 4 years ago

    I wish you the best in your new job Scott! Maybe this will shut up anyone complaining of “bought by nvidia” anytime you were critical of AMD.

    • vargis14
    • 4 years ago

    Scott/Damage,
    You will be missed by a lot of people and I truly hope you do not disappear from posting on the forums and the like. Some inside information you are allowed to reveal would be nice to know:)
    EDIT: your a star being mentioned on many sites btw:)
    As for your new Job at AMD. I wish you all the best and I hope you bring some great ideas to their table and really help them get on the right track and help the gaming community altogether.
    I think I speak for everyone…Knock their socks off and give them hell.

    BTW congratulations!@!!!

    • Jason181
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations on a job so well done here at TR. AMD is fortunate to land you, and I hope they appreciate what they’ve got. God bless you and your family!

    • pluscard
    • 4 years ago

    AMD? Too funny!

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    Scott’s real new job.

    Alpha/Beta driver tester πŸ˜‰

    • Firestarter
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck in your new endeavors Scott. If you can be even half as influential in your new role as you have been with Tech Report this last decade then AMD made one hell of a deal. I hope corporate life treats you well

    • WaltC
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Scott! I’m happy to see that your interests and passion have resulted in a seat in the real industry that actually makes the products that we either laud or relentlessly criticize…! It does indeed, however, give one a distinct advantage to have one leg “in the industry” and the other “in the consumer space”–and that is what you’ll have going in. People in the industry often are clueless as to what rank & file customers want–people outside of the industry are often clueless about the kinds of pressure dynamics that exist inside the industry. You can meld both and I think be a very profitable asset for AMD! Enjoy it–you’re gonna love it, I know…!

    Oh, and first thing…please advise them to put resolution switching into the Crimson interface, pronto. I just found this out, myself: the Crimson drivers include a new utility for custom resolution creation that does actually work–the only problem is the Crimson interface provides no way for Windows to switch to the custom res a user creates! Great guns…have no idea how that elephant got past them!

    Enjoy, have fun, live long and prosper @ AMD…;)

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations. πŸ™‚

    • auxy
    • 4 years ago

    End of an era indeed. We didn’t personally talk much Damage, but the few times we did you were always courteous and interested. Beyond your own accomplishments here on the site — which are many, to say the least — the fact that Gyromancer writes so well and seems to know his stuff at such a young age speaks to your quality as a person, and it’s always sad to say goodbye to quality people.

    I really hope AMD benefits from your influence. More than that, though, I hope you enjoy what you do and have a pleasant life. Come back and see us once in a while, okay? ( ;βˆ€;)

    • Ochadd
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats and best of luck.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 4 years ago

    Really appreciated what you’ve built here at TR. Expect the legacy will continue but your personality will be missed.

    • jackbomb
    • 4 years ago

    That is awesome news!

    I still remember the first article I read on TR, a review for the GeForce 6800 Ultra. I bought that card pretty much immediately after reading that review and have been coming back for my daily slice of tech news ever since. The card is still nestled snugly in my old Athlon XP 2800 machine.

    Thanks for everything, Scott, and I wish you the best of luck at AMD!

    • Viper
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been reading this site since 2000, but have never posted in the forums. In the early days, it was my 2nd site that I visited, after Anandtech, every morning. Over the years, this site has continually impressed me with its in-depth, honest coverage, but the real draw was the humor that Scott always injected into his articles.

    This site graduated to my first visit every morning (beating Anandtech) about 5 years ago and I just wanted to thank Scott and everyone who runs the site for their excellent work over the years.

    Scott – Best of luck to you at AMD and wishing you all the best. Jeff – The site is in good hands and I know you’ll do great!

    • yokem55
    • 4 years ago

    I remember a long, long time ago when playing around with benchmarking UT 2003, I found it had the ability to log frametimes to a csv. I was intrigued at the possibilities of being able to tell where and when in a benchmark run there were slowdowns and how often. But having no background in statistics and a special abhorrence of trying to use excel to visualized data, I didn’t do much with it. I do however have a vague (maybe I’m making this up – can’t find the email) memory of emailing some hardware site (TR?, HardOCP?, Tom’s?, Someone Else?) about this intriguing find and getting a response of ‘Hmm, looks interesting.’

    Anyways, Scott deserves all the credit in the world for turning frame-time based benchmarking into a real, viable performance measurement tool that more closely matches to what people really experience when they are playing games. Best of luck Scott in your future endeavors and I hope you can make a real impact at AMD.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 4 years ago

    Wait… What!!??

    Well, really I’m not surprised. Smart guy like you. Good for you too! AMD needs all the help they can get and it is the kind of help they need. So, congraduations! Well deserved and I wish you all the best!

    Wait a minute, I see the light now. That means that we are going have to start buying AMD and only AMD products now!??

    • kerwin
    • 4 years ago

    Scott,

    Congratulations and I wish you well!

    I came upon Tech Report during the dark ages of 1999 and I learned/worked up the courage to build my first rig because of your great articles and reviews. I’ve even referenced some of your CPU cache benchmarks for some Computer Engineering papers back in college.

    I hope the site continues to provide the same great content in your absence…you’ve left some pretty big benchmarks to fill…

    –Kerwin

    PS. What happens to all the goodies in the Damage Lab?

    • sunner
    • 4 years ago

    Scott, may God bless you and yours.

    Live long, and prosper.

    • thesmileman
    • 4 years ago

    Scott,
    You have done such a great job with this site. It is the only news blog I regularly read now that Google reader shut down and made it an absolute chore to follow a large number of news sources. I have to say the work you did on frame pacing was so good and really for the first time put words and tests to a problem I have had while gaming that I haven’t been able to voice. I really hope you can help AMD bring their graphics business back to the competitive edge that had driven this massive growth in performance in the GPU space for ages.

    Thanks for all the hard work and hope you keep that ethic at AMD!

    • TheEmrys
    • 4 years ago

    Oh good lord. TR has been my mainstay since I got into computers heavily. I have this horribly complex, one way relationship with Damage, his Labs…. I am not saying I am going into therapy (really, it couldn’t hurt me) over this, but this is far bigger for me than when Anand left.

    • adampk17
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve had this melancholy feeling today that I had been wondering where it came from……

    Then I clicked my TR bookmark. That reminded me.

    • Wonders
    • 4 years ago

    <doubletake/>
    [quote<]Ronald Hanaki has posted our Shortbread links for ages without ever accepting a penny's worth of compensation, simply as a service to the community, and I can't thank him enough for his contribution.[/quote<] WHAT? Ronald! At least half my Gold subscription was intended for you!

    • Crackhead Johny
    • 4 years ago

    We have been doing this for 16 years? Hey look we are old now!

    Good luck and like they say in the OC game. Make money Run benches.

    • sroylance
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations Scott!
    Your work on frame-time benchmarking is awesome. It’s great to see AMD recognizing it, and I hope to see good things out of their hardware and drivers as a result. Are you already salivating at your lab budget for testing equipment? What’s the fastest/highest resolution camera you can buy? πŸ™‚

    best of luck in your new job!

    • ludi
    • 4 years ago

    My forum profile shows a reg date of June 2002, so I guess I’ve been reading TR about that long. Never found your articles to be anything less than fair and straight-shooting, even when there was financial pressure to bend one way or the other.

    So long, and thanks for all of the help over the years!

    • Tirk
    • 4 years ago

    Fair winds and following seas on your new endevour

    • weaktoss
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, Scott! Though I feel like I should be congratulating AMD; this is a huge get for them. You’ll be sorely missed around here.

    • Ryszard
    • 4 years ago

    I got started in technical journalism in very late 1999, and in the next 10 years or so before I hopped over the fence to a hardware vendor, I always loved what TR stood for and how they went about the business of deep technical analysis. It had a huge influence over how I went about doing my own version of that work, and a lot of that was down to the ground truths of TR that Scott laid down from day zero: independence, scientific rigour, a deep love for technology and how it affects our lives, and a desire to delve into the small details to figure out how things really tick. Those things still have a profound effect on how I do my job and where I’ve gone in my career, so I can’t thank Scott enough for giving me someone to look up to as the best example of how to do what I wanted to do.

    I was lucky enough to strike up a friendship with him, despite being a competitor, so I’m super pleased to see my friend get a chance to flourish in a new direction, taking those 16 years of experience to AMD to help them create better products. I’m still TR’s biggest fan, and I wish Jeff all the best steering the ship. Jeff, I hope you find calmer, warmer waters sooner rather than later. Please let me know if I can help.

    For the small crowd of complete idiots that think TR has ever been in any way biased towards any vendor or another, hopefully you now understand how silly it was to ever think Scott was anti-AMD. They just haven’t made better products for the most part, simple as that. The only way for AMD to win any fiercely independent technical analysis is to create that better product, and what better what for Raja to try to do that with his GPUs than hire the guy that’s put nearly two decades of his life into figuring it out on the consumer’s behalf in the very best ways possible?

    Great move from Raja, but obviously a sad day for the independent technical analysis industry. As someone who’s been a part of that for the longest time, the news is bittersweet and I know first-hand how much it can take it out of you to try and do this kind of job, especially to the kind of standard Scott set.

    I know you’ll do great things at AMD my friend, all the best.

    • davidbowser
    • 4 years ago

    To Scott, I wish you nothing but success.

    To Jeff, I wish you the patience, objectivity, and interminable work ethic of Scott. As you know, the TR community is a great one, so please take your stewardship of it to heart. We comment because we care.*

    *except for SSK. He comments because he is stuck in his chair and can’t replace the keyboard with one with a working capslock key.

    • alloyD
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats Scott! You’ll be greatly missed, but I hope you’ll keep up The Damage Report!

    • slowriot
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations Scott! I don’t think enough praise could possibly be thrown your way. I am deep down excited to hear AMD is making this move, it speaks well for the future.

    • ratborg
    • 4 years ago

    Wow. I’ve been a reader it seems like forever and I’m not sure what Tech Report will be without you. I can only hope that the spirit for independent and fair reviews of tech products has been instilled in the very fabric of the site and will continue after you’ve left.

    Congrats on the new job and best of luck.

    • south side sammy
    • 4 years ago

    You’re right, AMD is turning around ( even though some people don’t or won’t want to admit it ). Can’t wait to see how things turn out. Maybe you can come back and write an article or two about the progress being made? Can’t wait to see the new processors, ( 2016? ). Bet they will have some grand advancements. Thanks for the ups and downs and all the truly good information. Good Luck.

    • Ivanek
    • 4 years ago

    Thanks Scott for all the hard work at TR. I wish you best of luck for your job at AMD!

    • TheJack
    • 4 years ago

    Now, if AMD starts rocking the graphics world, we will know who is doing it.
    And of course vice versa.

    • zgirl
    • 4 years ago

    Wow…I really do not know what to say other than thank you for all the hard work, effort, honesty and dedication to making this site what it is. I started reading Scott’s articles when he was still at Ars prior to TR. (Circa 1997) I was crushed when I discovered he was leaving but elated when I discovered he was starting his own site here. I have been reading ever since. Becoming a forum member, helping launch the TR BBQ. I was ecstatic to see him start attending after lobbying for years to get him to come out.

    Scott I wish you the best of luck with anything you do. Your knowledge and insight will be an asset to AMD. I know I became a better engineer because of the information you so eloquently provided.

    While myself, and countless others, will miss your talents here. I am glad I got to be a part of this little community on the internet and a chance to meet you. I do hope you will still continue to attend the TR BBQ even if it is not in an official TR capacity (How could you not? It is such an awesome event).

    Good luck and god speed Mr. Wasson, you will be missed.

      • Captain Ned
      • 4 years ago

      Zgirl, you wrote exactly what I’ve been trying to compose for the past couple of hours.

        • zgirl
        • 4 years ago

        Thanks, though it did make me feel rather old when I realized how long ago it all was and has been. I AM NOT OLD!!! I am well seasoned. πŸ˜‰

      • Mr Bill
      • 4 years ago

      So shocking to see Scotts picture and ‘a new era’ flash on the screen as it loaded!

      I too, remember reading Scotts articles when he was at Ars Technica which was also one of the best looking sites on the web. The early TR had a pretty cool color scheme when it got going. I lurked for a long time between all the harder tech review sites. When TR decided to ditch the black-green background I asked if I could loosely adopt the old TR color scheme and column arrangement for my little home page. I joined up at TR after the SMP fad began to die out in 2002 and found the community here to be friendly and TR simply has the best managed and most flexible forums of any site on the web. For example, why don’t more forums have the ability to “view active topics”?

      I’m glad he got this opportunity, I hope its going to be a positive thing for his life and career, and I’m glad he did not sell the site to a conglomerate. Good luck Scott!

      • Haqqelbaqqer
      • 4 years ago

      ^ What she said.

      • FroBozz_Inc
      • 4 years ago

      Yes, very well said.

      Good luck at AMD Scott, you’ll be missed!

    • Crayon Shin Chan
    • 4 years ago

    I usually just lurk but congrats Scott!

    • mongoosesRawesome
    • 4 years ago

    Very sad to see you go, but wish you all the best in your new endeavor. And I hope you’ll still poke your head in once in awhile – maybe continue doing the etc posts.

    • isotope123
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck Scott! Thank you for your part in making my favourite tech website!

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Oh man, this just hit me. What will your job description be like there, Scott? I sure hope they didn’t hire you to write those stupid blogs on AMD’s website!

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Hey Scott, how about you posting a photo of yourself wearing the usual red AMD T-shirt, eh? πŸ™‚

    Oh, and would you be kind enough to slap Adam Kozak and Roy Taylor for us? Thanks!!! πŸ˜€

    • The Egg
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats Scott! Sad to see you go, but I’m sure it was the best decision for you and your family.

    • jessterman21
    • 4 years ago

    A few thoughts:

    Man, I guess auxy and HDO took the day off?

    Sad, but very pleased AMD is doing something so gloriously right. We need the competition!

    TR has been my favorite tech site for 5 years now – thanks again for everything, Scott!

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah. Can you imagine what Auxy’s Scott emoji would look like?

        • Milo Burke
        • 4 years ago

        Probably something like this:

        οΌΌοΌΌ\Ω©(ΰΉ‘`Β΄ΰΉ‘)ΫΆ////

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          You’re still going to be doing podcasts?

    • ForceEdge
    • 4 years ago

    Does this mean you’ll never join us on outings across the world anymore? πŸ™ hope I get to talk to you again sometime, you and Rys gave me plenty of motivation when I was at my worst, and gave me a new start.. I tip my hat to you guys, for making me soldier on, and buying me a good pint o’ beer to cheer me up. Thanks for everything, good luck and godspeed in your next daunting endeavour at AMD, next time we meet, dinner’s on me!

    PS:Drinks too! Missing our standing four-hour by the road talks already!

    • greenmystik
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats on the new job!

    • Dposcorp
    • 4 years ago

    Wow. Congrats, and if this is the best for you, then I am extremely happy for you.

    AMD, do not underestimate the importance of the TR BBQ……..please send Damage every year.

    Good luck Scott, and if u re-locate, let us know where.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats to you, Scott, on this rare opportunity created by your vision and ingenuity. Frame latency testing changed the way everyone views video card reviews and hopefully this opportunity will also change your life. Good luck!

    P.S. traitor…. πŸ™‚

    • Gyromancer
    • 4 years ago

    Growing up seeing my dad work on this site for all 16 years of my life has been incredibly influential. My interest in computers grew from receiving a gaming PC for Christmas at an early age, to building my own PC, to eventually even helping out with the site and making content for it. I also remember being introduced to Unreal Tournament as my first FPS game. From a young age, I’ve witnessed the long hours that my dad has poured into this site. Overtime, I have come to understand the passion he has for computers and reporting on PC hardware. He has, and will hopefully continue to have an impact on the market.

    Thankfully, he’s my dad, so I’ll continue to glean knowledge from him. Seeing you all say goodbye and share your stories is just another testament to how great this community is. I’d like to thank you all for being the great community you are. TR honestly has the best community of nerds on the internet, which is why TR will always be the best place for tech news. I hope to see you all at the 2016 TR BBQ.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Great Scott!!! I never guessed you are Damage Jr.!!!

      Pleased to meet you, kiddo! And guess what, I’m totally hooked on Unreal Tournament these days! It runs lightning fast on my FX-8350 while only using one core!

        • Mr Bill
        • 4 years ago

        +3 heh heh

        • Gyromancer
        • 4 years ago

        I’ve been thinking about trying to set up some kind of community Unreal Tournament event, assuming people are interested.

          • Cannonaire
          • 4 years ago

          Yes, definitely interested. Please do! (And please put it on the front page – I don’t often check the forums.)

          • ronch
          • 4 years ago

          Frag fest in the Oblivion map! It’s my favorite, along with Galleon, Hyperblast, and Zero. Not a big fan of custom maps though, which have a tendency to lag even on modern systems, AFAIK.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 4 years ago

          I’ve been playing the alpha quite a bit but my skills (and reflexes) have gone to hell since the old UT days. Fighting to maintain a KDR that isn’t laughable.

          • Pez
          • 4 years ago

          I never even knew there was a Tech Report Unreal community… best get practising!

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      I did not know you were only 16. *Redistributes mental bonus points to Gyro reviews*

      • Captain Ned
      • 4 years ago

      And I will continue the bunny-ear tradition for the BBQ picture.

      If only I could find the “our trained technicians” pic.

        • drfish
        • 4 years ago

        Gotta start that thread soon since people seem to want a July one next year… I’m thinking of calling it the “2nd 10th” instead of the 13th since it marks 10 years on Lake MI and I really want to go all out this year.

        • Gyromancer
        • 4 years ago

        There’s a version of it here: [url<]https://techreport.com/blog/17915/remembering-the-gotbyte-incident[/url<]

          • Mr Bill
          • 4 years ago

          Oh my, I remember this, very funny.

          • just brew it!
          • 4 years ago

          A Tech Report classic!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Hey Gyro! I hope we still get to see you around here!

        • Gyromancer
        • 4 years ago

        I’ll definitely stick around to read news and interact with the community and hopefully even continue to post content.

      • drfish
      • 4 years ago

      Have you read [url=http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/1998/09/damagebox-1/1/<]this[/url<] before? I particularly love this quote: [quote<]...CD drives are kinda like kids: the best ones are the ones that don't annoy me. And the faster and newer they are, the more annoying they seem to be. - Scott Wasson - Sep 18, 1998[/quote<] That should be on a shirt... πŸ˜€ [i<]Edit: [url=http://archive.arstechnica.com/ask-ars/damagebox-1.html<]Retro link.[/url<][/i<]

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        Hah! A year before Jrs birth eh?

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      Who knows, if ii’m down that way i might come. BUT ONLY SHIRTLESS.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Well, I saw your FB photos. You ARE always shirtless!

      • anubis44
      • 4 years ago

      Unreal Tournament!? Yes!! I was ‘The_Emperor [Empire] clan and managed to claw my way up into the top 10 players for a brief time. UT was the game that I came home to after a long day at school (university) to unwind and clear my mind for a couple of hours before getting into the essays I’d have to write.

      It’s gratifying to hear that you recognize the role your dad has played in helping to refine PC gaming. And don’t worry, I and many other long-time TR readers will be continuing to come back to TR in the future to see how you dad’s influence at AMD has helped to them to pick up their game in reviews of hardware going forward. πŸ™‚

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 4 years ago

      Not part of your family but similar experience. It was a blast growing, discovering this site in college and growing in this hobby with this community. This is the only pc community I’ve stuck with my whole life.

      • jrandymac
      • 4 years ago

      Just saw the news this morning and even though I’ve been following TR since early 2000s, I just registered today. πŸ˜‰ Then I read your post and had a deja vu. Your dad and I are probably pretty close in age (I’m 52) and I have a son (now a senior in HS) who used to play UT with me back in the day. It was probably the first game we played together. He’s moved on to the console games where I just can’t keep up, but your post brought back some sweet memories of us playing games together. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • BIF
    • 4 years ago

    Scott!

    Make those AMD GPUs faster at folding and faster at graphic rendering, and CUDA capable too, and then I’ll load up my next render machine with 3 of them!

    Oh yeah, and make them DUAL GPU so that I can boast seven-figure core counts in my signature, and then I’ll add a thank you in same for same.

    Seriously, I wish you luck in your new job. I hope with all my heart that you can help turn the AMD ship away from the edge of the world.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve said this before, but I owe the majority of my PC hardware knowledge to Tech Report, just reading reviews. Scott, I can’t thank you enough.

    • RickyTick
    • 4 years ago

    All the best Scott!!! Godspeed.

    • tanker27
    • 4 years ago

    Good Luck Scott.

    Maybe you’ll improve AMD and i’ll possibly jump off the NV bandwagon to try them again.

    • just brew it!
    • 4 years ago

    Damn… that’ll teach me to not check the front page first thing in the morning before get ready to leave for work. I don’t have time to read the entire comment thread at the office now. πŸ™

    Congratulations on the new job!

    Scott, thank you for building the best tech site on the Internet. You will be missed. I’m sure you’ll kick some butt at AMD; hopefully with your help they can turn the ship around, or at least spin off the GPU division into a profitable standalone entity.

    I assume this is going to involve a cross-country move?

    Hopefully you’ll still have time to write occasional articles for the site, or at least pop into the forums now and then? Think you’ll still be able to attend next year’s BBQ?

    One more thing… I know you’re likely to be focused on gaming performance (i.e. Windows drivers), but if you can do anything to get them to give the Linux driver a little more love, or participate more actively in the development of the Open Source driver (like Intel does), that would be great! πŸ™‚

      • wizardz
      • 4 years ago

      amen to that!

      thank you for everything. thank you for making TR my first and last page visit of any day.

      • Damage
      • 4 years ago

      Thanks, JBI. To answer your question, and since several folks have asked, AMD has been gracious enough to allow me to continue to work from home in KC. So I’ll telecommute over Google Fiber and travel as needed to meet with folks in AMD’s various locations.

      I’m sure I’ll be around in the forums, and I’d like to bring the whole family to the TR BBQ next year. We’ll try to make it happen.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        “So I’ll telecommute over Google Fiber ”

        Stop rubbing it in, Scott! πŸ˜›

        • drfish
        • 4 years ago

        [quote<]I'm sure I'll be around in the forums, and I'd live to [b<]bring the whole family[/b<] to the TR BBQ next year. We'll try to make it happen.[/quote<] Oh yeah, he's makin' BANK now! πŸ˜‰

    • [+Duracell-]
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck in your new venture, Scott!

    • Kraft75
    • 4 years ago

    Good for you Scott!!! Good luck at AMD! It’s been a pleasure reading you all these years, you will be missed! At least it’s positive news for us old ATI fans! GO RED TEAM!!! πŸ˜€

    • AnotherReader
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck! I hope this mean a more secure financial position for you and your family.

    Of course, it won’t be the same without you. Your articles were always the eptiome of good technical writing.

    • southrncomfortjm
    • 4 years ago

    So, first they deny you a review sample, then offer you a job. Just be sure to get TR review samples in the future.

    Best of luck!

    • What Name
    • 4 years ago

    Well done Scott. You’ve done a fantastic job and thanks for the years of great content. I look forward to future TR content and know it’s being taken care of by competent guys. Good luck!

    • Brianmj
    • 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the Tech Report, Scott. In 2005 I built my first computer (AMD 3700 San Diego / Nvidia 7800 GTX) with the guidance of this site, and have been a pc enthusiast ever since. Thank you so much for everything, and good luck in your new role at AMD.

    • Flatland_Spider
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations and good luck!

    Don’t forget the Linux peeps. πŸ™‚ If AMD’s Linux driver and control panel could be not awful, it would be nice.

    Sort of rocking a Radeon R9 285 here.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck with the new job, Scott. This place won’t be the same without you.

    • Thresher
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck, Scott. You have built a tremendous website here and it will not be the same without you.

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    Hey Scott will you be getting relocated to Markham Ontario Canada?? πŸ˜€

    Good luck with the new gig.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      ONTARIO IZ FER NERDZ

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        No, it’s for suckas and people with money. Not sure how much longer I can afford to live here. Hydro rates are getting ugly!!

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      I drove by that AMD office a few times! It’s, uh, point-ey and glass-ey and concrete-ey. Seems nice.

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        That’s the old ATI HQ!!

    • kuttan
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulation Mr.Scott Wasson for your new opportunity at AMD.

    • MarcHFR
    • 4 years ago

    Scott, do you still own Tech Report ? If yes, Tech Report is now owned by and AMD employee, that’s right ? Thanks

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      Stop editing things to make me look crazy!
      πŸ˜›

        • PixelArmy
        • 4 years ago

        Anand sold Anandtech, so it’s not quite the same.

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve been working for numerous tech companies since we founded TR. Not sure what the fuss is.

        • BIF
        • 4 years ago

        “We”?

        • Mr Bill
        • 4 years ago

        We? AnDy?

        • chuckula
        • 4 years ago

        SSK, you are too humble.

        Let’s set the record straight: SSK has [i<][b<]owned[/b<][/i<] numerous tech companies since he founded TR.

          • TopHatKiller
          • 4 years ago

          that’s actually funny. also, true, i’ve been led to believe.

          • TruthSerum
          • 4 years ago

          SSK = Balmer. FTFY

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah right. You see the smack Ballmer was talking today?! I’D NEVER SAY ANYTHING LIKE THAT ABOUT MS.

            • the
            • 4 years ago

            DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!

            It makes so much sense now. What is seen cannot be unseen.

            • Redocbew
            • 4 years ago

            WHO SAID SIT DOWN??!?!

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        The fuss is that you forgot to press capslock.

      • TopHatKiller
      • 4 years ago

      I don’t think anyone sane could acuse TR of a pro AMD bias. They’re not, they won’t be.

      • ludi
      • 4 years ago

      Maybe next time around, TR won’t get cut out of the Radeon Nano review circuit after expressing technical skepticism about its capabilities.

        • Mr Bill
        • 4 years ago

        +++

      • sophisticles
      • 4 years ago

      The exact same thought crossed my mind. I have no problem with it as long as a) there is full disclosure (which obviously there is) and b) that the reviews are unbiased and Scott has no editorial control whatsoever with regards to reviews and content and criticism.

      IF however, the Tech Report becomes little more than a thinly veiled mouth piece for AMD, then of course not too many people would bother listening to what the Tech Report has to say.

      What I think will most likely happen is that Scott may sell his interest in this site so that there doesn’t appear to be any shenanigans, much like I think I recall Anand did with his website when he left to go work for Apple(?).

      I don’t blame the guy though for accepting the job, he turned his mediocre work on gpu testing into a job offer which I’m guessing pays significantly more than this website and for that I congratulate him.

      Let’s be honest with ourselves, all hardware review sites are little more than fluff pieces for the PC industry, they promote the notion of upgrading to the latest and greatest via articles that feature test hardware composed of high end hardware, they constantly promote the notion of the upgrade via “deals of the week” that are over-priced, they promote the notion of the upgrade by talking about the new hardware they bought, it’s just one big advertising stunt.

      Sure it makes for some mind numbing light reading, especially when they test some half assed game at all sort of resolutions and make it sound as if you’re missing out on some life altering experience if you haven’t played game x at such and such resolution.

      I do have one question, now that Scott is leaving to join AMD who will promote the silly subscription service this site offers? I’m guessing he will no longer need the money so will he stop ripping off the gullible by selling them snake oil while making them believe that they got something of value.

      Prediction, this post will have at least 100 negative points.

        • torquer
        • 4 years ago

        Whenever I see your posts I think “sophisticated testicles.”

          • sophisticles
          • 4 years ago

          You almost make me wish that I was a subscriber so I could upvote you, THAT WAS FUNNY!!!

          Of course I have a functioning brain and thus it’s impossible for me to spend money on something of no value, so…

          • Mr Bill
          • 4 years ago

          “Is it Solipsistic in here or is it just me?” is what comes to mind every time I see that handle, even though the spelling is different.

    • Spotpuff
    • 4 years ago

    I have been reading TR for well over 10 years. Congratulations and thanks for all the years of amazing content, contests, and comments sections.

    • liquid_mage
    • 4 years ago

    As a long time reader, good luck. Tech Report has been one of my 3 staple sites for a long time. I’ve always trusted your sites reviews and recommendations. Best wishes.

    Keep the good content rolling Jeff.

    • mark625
    • 4 years ago

    I just want to say good luck, we’re all counting on you.

    • TheQat
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations!

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    SCOTT. I LOVE YOU. ALWAYS HAVE. PLEASE STILL FREQUENT THE SITE, AND MAKE SURE THAT JEFF DOESNT BAN ME. HE’S HELD THAT GRUDGE EVER SINCE I BEAT HIM IN THE ARM WRESTLE AND PUSH UP CONTEST WE HAD. I’LL CATCH YOU ON FB AND TWITTER. PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR ME AT AMD. I CANT DO ANYTHING, BUT I DO LIKE GETTING PAID, AS YOU WELL KNOW.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      Hey, Jeff, can we ban this guy?

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

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          • tipoo
          • 4 years ago

          So I’m hearing maybe?

            • Mr Bill
            • 4 years ago

            He did a pretty good haiku contest entry on the subject…
            [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=95091&p=1213594#p1213594<]...[/url<]

          • Mr Bill
          • 4 years ago

          I think he passed out on his caps lock key.

          • killadark
          • 4 years ago

          YOU SIR are in VERY BIG TROUBLE for going OUTSIDE the boundaries of the comments section and making it look fugly!!!!

    • JDZZL
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats! Good luck with everything! Hope you can throw in a comment or article from time to time!

    • Yumi
    • 4 years ago

    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

      • Pbryanw
      • 4 years ago

      Yep, best of luck in your new job Scott – us gerbils will sorely miss you.

      • meerkt
      • 4 years ago

      So long and thanks for all the seeds, you mean.

    • K-L-Waster
    • 4 years ago

    Hey, maybe now you can get a Nano to test πŸ˜€

    In all seriousness, very sorry to see you leave, but all the best. I’ve always been impressed with your objectivity and thoroughness in your testing and in your writing.

    • Mr.D
    • 4 years ago

    Once upon a time in a review you said “Yes, in a shocking example of career stagnation”, and ever since I was worried that this day would (eventually) arrive. Really sorry to see you go, you will be missed, and best of luck for the new chapter.

    • Theolendras
    • 4 years ago

    You’ll be missed. Good luck sir.

    • tipoo
    • 4 years ago

    First off, a big congratulations, from starting as a technology fan talking about tech, to making it a full time job, to actually /working/ for one of these companies and getting closer to the innards than you ever imagined, it must be a dream come true.

    Second it’s kind of exciting to hear AMD and Raja were specifically interested in you, particularly as TR was a big initiator and pusher in the whole frame time issue. This, to me, suggests AMD is doing some real introspection and correction, rather than trying to deny it’s issues like, say, Blackberry.

    Last, your reviews will be missed, but this place is in capable hands. Hands which can, like, totes tap me as a guest writer πŸ˜›

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    As a practical matter, do you have to move out of KC Scott?
    If so, see if it’s possible to get moved down to Austin. There’s still good BBQ down there!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 4 years ago

      Google Fiber, too.

        • TwoEars
        • 4 years ago

        And Texans, lots and lots of Texans.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          There are downsides to every locale.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 4 years ago

            LOL so true

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      As far as I know, most of the Radeon team is still at the old ATI HQ in Markham Ontario Canada?

      Edit – TR BBQ in Wasaga beach in 2016??

    • Wild Thing
    • 4 years ago

    Chuckula just imploded on the news.
    I’m surprised at AMD offering such an NVidia fanboy as Scott a job.
    Wonders never cease…

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Please take a dose of vitamin STFU and show a little class for the first and only time in your life.

      P.S. –> Since you’ve spent years accusing TR of being involved in anti-AMD conspiracies, shouldn’t you be imploding since the leadership of AMD just publicly said that you’ve been 100% wrong the whole time and that TR has not only been fair but incredibly innovative in pushing forward the field of hardware analysis?

        • Wild Thing
        • 4 years ago

        Oh the irony…now your nutjob anti AMD trolling will include Scott and his new colleagues.
        Call NV HQ for instructions.

          • Freon
          • 4 years ago

          Seek medical attention. I think you are having a stroke.

      • greenmystik
      • 4 years ago

      Wow, can’t just be happy for someone. There’s always one Debbie Downer in the crowd.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        OK, from now on, Wild Thing = Debbie Downer.

        See you around the comments sections, DD!!! πŸ˜€

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      Why would it be surprising?

      Any good manager/engineer/person/design team/ceo/etc. should recognize and want people who can spot/find/exploit weak points in products so they can recognize it, confirm it and improve it.

      Continuous improvement is especially critical in the silicon and software industries.

      I would love a job like that, although with my mechanical background, I would be making better coolers or something lol which would be cool too.

      Probably a dream job for Scott, he will get access to all kinds of goodies, and get to do some fun/challenging things. I would imagine setting up a standardized test bed and training others there on how to do it and what to look for would be part of it.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 4 years ago

        [quote<]Why would it be surprising? [/quote<] Because WildThing = Roy Taylor...

      • Waco
      • 4 years ago

      The only wonder here is your continued attacks on the integrity of this site and the people who run it.

      • Wonders
      • 4 years ago

      OK, I won’t cease. You, on the other hand, need to cease with the childish behavior, or find somewhere else to kill time.

      • TopHatKiller
      • 4 years ago

      Why ca’t everyone just be nice? Is is that ****** difficult.
      PS. You’re all pro-amd pro-nv pro-intel scum & none of you should get a new job, or keep the one you may already have. Bastards!

      • torquer
      • 4 years ago

      Its amazing how such a small mind can belong to such a huge asshole.

      • maxxcool
      • 4 years ago

      /facepalm/

      • ColeLT1
      • 4 years ago

      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQCU36pkH7c[/url<]

    • phaxmohdem
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats Scott!

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for the community over the years, and for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the site and play with many awesome toys in the past.

    Let me know if any upcoming Arctic Islands cards happen to ‘fall off a truck’ in the near future πŸ˜‰

    • the
    • 4 years ago

    Sounds like an amazing opportunity.

    On the software side of things, AMD just re-engineered their drivers so you’ll have a chance to impact how frame pacing works there. Hardware wise you’ll likely be playing with the successor to Fiji and any new frame timing implementation in hardware. It takes generally three years to get something into hardware and the initial Crossfire problems Scott quantified were just being reported on. The interesting thing Scott uncovered back then is that nVidia spent some on-die logic to control pacing where as AMD did not. Scott could be playing with the results of his TR labor before anyone else.

    Also VR is primed to be a major focus for the PC in the coming years and frame pacing there is critical for a good user experience. Scott’s expertise there will be helpful.

    • bjm
    • 4 years ago

    Scott, with this announcement, you’ve convinced me that there is hope for AMD. If they had the insight to reach out with an offer to hire a man of your integrity, and if your judgement allowed you to accept that offer as having been a good one, then clearly there is something awesome happening over there. The fact that your hiring can have such a positive impact on my outlook toward AMD’s future is a testament to your character and the great reputation that you’ve built with the Tech Report.

    Best of luck and congratulations!

    • lycium
    • 4 years ago

    Been reading since 2000 or something, very sad news πŸ™ There goes the last site on the internet with essentially perfect spelling and grammar, to say nothing of the depth of technical coverage; hopefully we can expect the latter to not change.

    Thanks for everything Scott, all the best at AMD.

    • ClickClick5
    • 4 years ago

    Keep supporting Scott, go buy Radeons!

    I don’t have a kid, however I feel like TR was a nephew that I have watched grow up over the years, and is now finally leaving home to go out on their own. πŸ™

    I’m also grateful for having meet you on the beach at cottage of Fish! Good conversation, and it was an honor!

    • Anovoca
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats and good luck Scott. I look forward to seeing Project Cars show up in all future AMD benchmarks.

    • MarvelousMrP
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve been lurking around TR since 2002, but this is the first time I’ve ever felt the need to post a comment!

    Cheers Scott – all the best, and thanks for making a difference! You will be missed!

    • YukaKun
    • 4 years ago

    Holy friggin gratz, Mr Wasson!

    It’s hard to see the TR staff losing one more member, but taking these sort of opportunities is a no-brainer.

    I really hope to see you accomplish great things inside of AMD and tons and tons of good luck.

    Cheers!

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Oh man! We are all going to miss you Scott!

    Congratulations! And see what you can do about getting AMD parts over to Jeff for reviews too!

    • pranav0091
    • 4 years ago

    All the best Scott. πŸ™‚

    You will be missed. I am a latecomer to TR, but those percentile graphs (and percentile-perf/Dollar) are the best graphs I have ever seen of their kind. Much respect.

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations Sir!

    Here’s hoping that multi-GPU frame time finally gets fixed.

    • gbcrush
    • 4 years ago

    Oh teh noes!!

    Scott, you have built a very capable team and an absolutely fantastic site, and it is for that reason that I will miss your direct input in so many things here.

    But yeah, as the chief-driver behind the frame-time metrics reporting, as someone is not afraid to shine a critical light on things, and as just a technology enthusiast in general, how you could not jump at this chance?

    Mr. Koduri asks out to take what you’ve done and help AMD radeons with it…wow.

    I hope that in a year or so, TR will be reporting on a rising trend of Radeon cards producing smoother user experience (and at a lower power cost), and that we can proudly point to you as having a hand in it. Congratulations, and all the best of luck!

    • Peter.Parker
    • 4 years ago

    So sorry to see you leave, Scott.
    I started reading your reviews 7-8 years ago, before you “invented” the frame-time-based testing method.
    I am sure I am not alone in saying that your leaving the TR is a very sad event. Because your presence, integrity, honesty and hard work were the foundation on which this website was built and developed this incredible reputation.
    Well, one eye is crying, the other is happy for you Scott. I sincerely hope you find the ZEN you so much need and deserve.

    Peace out!

    • Nictron
    • 4 years ago

    A win for AMD and will surely benefit competition and quality in the market.

    You’ll be missed Scott!

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations and thanks, Scott.

    TR’s GPU reviews have consistently been the best out there because you understand that good performance is more than just a single metric. Not only did you champion the idea you’ve also managed to change (almost single-handedly) the way both Nvidia and AMD operate, and also prompted many other reviewers to adopt your methods.

    I hope you and Raja take AMD’s GPU division in the direction we all know they need to go. If anyone has the right attitude it’s you and whether people are zealous fanboys or indifferent towards AMD or Nvidia, I think everyone agrees that healthy competition is necessary for progress and that AMD could use the assistance.

    • Tristan
    • 4 years ago

    Wonder about objectivity while testing CPU / GPU from AMD against Intel and NV, or even AMD products alone. It may be very hard to TR post complaints related to AMD products.

      • Nictron
      • 4 years ago

      I highly doubt this team will steep (*meant stoop) to those lows.

        • lycium
        • 4 years ago

        *stoop. Steep is what you do with tea.

        On a related note, I’m really going to miss TR’s impeccable English.

          • Nictron
          • 4 years ago

          Much appreciated,

          English is not my first language. You learn something new everyday.

          • TruthSerum
          • 4 years ago

          An alternative definition for steeped :

          “to immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency”

      • Captain Ned
      • 4 years ago

      You really don’t get what TR is all about, do you?

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      Just like with Anand going to Apple, I imagine Scott will specifically have no input on AMD reviews, or maybe more broadly no competitors reviews or at all.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 4 years ago

        If I am reading it correctly, he will no longer have input at all, other than (non-content-related) advice when needed.

    • drfish
    • 4 years ago

    I say this completely earnestly, if you have any clout at all I guess it’s time for me to start taking AMD seriously again. I’ve never stopped routing for them but I didn’t have much hope. Congrats to you and congrats to AMD!

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      I have been routing for them for years now and I had almost given up all hope for them till now. Now that hey have scott for their GPU division I wounder if they will give him access to the CPU division also or pull another great person in for that since CPU and GPU go hand in hand.
      I do no think I am wrong saying their CPU division is worse off than their GPU division.

    • Pholostan
    • 4 years ago

    I think this is great Scott πŸ™‚

    Congrats! And I think the Radeon team over at AMD needs all the help they can get. I too remember tech-report.com and they are good memories. Thanks for all the good years.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 4 years ago

    So can we expect insider info about upcoming GPU releases? πŸ™‚
    Good luck Damage!

    • Ryhadar
    • 4 years ago

    Having run my own business in the past I know how hard it is to leave something you’ve built. The change from being your own boss to working for someone else is rough. But, I’ve been very fortunate after I left; I make more money, work less hours, and am challenged professionally. I mention it because sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side, even if it’s kind of scary to jump the fence.

    Best of luck, Scott. Thanks for all the knowledge you gave.

    • Mikael33
    • 4 years ago

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s[/url<] Good luck Scott

    • ET3D
    • 4 years ago

    Why did I have a deja-vu moment?

    Anyway, good luck with everything, Scott. I trust that your contribution to AMD will be evident in the future.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 4 years ago

    I had a RPS, AT and TR tab opened. I opened a story on RPS, then switched to the AT tab, stared in mild shock at “Scott Wasson announces retirement from TechReport” and switched tabs, faintly panicked.

    All the very best, Scott! May you achieve great things and teach their driver guy a few things. πŸ˜€

    TR is one of the best PC hardware sites on the internet, and I hope it remains that way.

    You will be missed, tovarish!

    • toki
    • 4 years ago

    I just wanted to say congratulations and thank you for making a site with great reads and for bringing posters here which make for entertaining reads. This is probably one of my favorite sites on the net.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 4 years ago

    You had better bring some really nice AMD schwag at the next TR BBQ!

    I had a feeling this was coming. You seemed so burnt out. I’m really happy for you and your family. Best of luck on being THE QA department at AMD πŸ˜‰

    • ultima_trev
    • 4 years ago

    It has been my life long dream to work at AMD. A grand congratulations to you, you shall now be living the dream!

    I’ve been a lurker here since the GeForce 8800 GTX days and it didn’t take me long to realize this was the place to go for GPU reviews. Even though I’ve been PC gaming since the days of DooM II, TechReport taught me that console gaming is indeed for the peasants and that the PC Master Race should forever stand proud! Hopefully this shall not change in your absence, good sir.

    • bfar
    • 4 years ago

    Well very best of luck to you sir! Not only do you get to embark on an exciting new opportunity, but this offer represents a powerful endorsement of the genuinely innovative work you’ve done with TR, particularly in relation to GPU frame time benchmarks. In this you have advanced the cause of all GPU users and enthusiasts out there, and for that we thank you.

    Like many have already said, TR has become the definitive site to find PC hardware reviews, and both you and your team have earned enormous respect and gratitude for all the hard work that you’ve put in.

    Also, hats off to AMD for listening to the community, I’m excited to learn that they’re taking frame time performance seriously, and look forward to seeing the fruits of that. Just one question.. does this mean they’re finally going to send TR a Nano?

    • sonofsanta
    • 4 years ago

    I say this with complete and total honesty: TechReport is the best PC hardware site on the internet.

    Sure, you’re not the quickest, but that’s because you take the time to do the job right. And I still go to Anandtech when I want to really nerd out on architecture details. But the only opinion I actually trust, the only reviews I actually read through fully, are here. The scatter charts and the thorough methodology and–above all–the intelligent and entertaining writing are a singular combination online, and you not only set the ball rolling on that 16 years ago, you were the flagship of it.

    • fellix
    • 4 years ago

    Farewell dear Scott, and may the frame-pacing be steady with you!

    • Shouefref
    • 4 years ago

    Impressive!
    I whish Scott the best in his new job.

    • trackerben
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations Scott, but I must say TR won’t be the same without you. Like others I’ve come to rely on your reporting almost without question. I’ll likely be following you on AMD’s site, so here’s hoping you will devote your skills and approach to bettering their work as well.

    • Bensam123
    • 4 years ago

    Sold out…

    Although I would too in this case. Moving on to bigger and better things. All the more power to you and hope this works out.

    I assume this means that AMD will always be on the ‘good’ side of graphs now? πŸ˜€

      • auxy
      • 4 years ago

      [b<]I[/b<] realize you are joking, so I upvoted you, but it's in rather poor taste. (´・ω・`)

        • Bensam123
        • 4 years ago

        Not remotely in poor taste and quite clever… People just being too literal.

        You’d have to be extremely hard pressed to think I’m being serious with tongue in cheek like that.

    • Laykun
    • 4 years ago

    This actually gives me quite a bit more confidence in how well future AMD graphics products will turn out. You will be missed!

    • Cannonaire
    • 4 years ago

    *Edit* [tasteless joke]

      • Cannonaire
      • 4 years ago

      Joking aside, I was weeping earlier. I’m glad you got this opportunity, Scott. You will be missed – but perhaps with the difference you make at AMD, we won’t miss your influence. And you deserve more income than you’ve been making at TR, regardless of how much or how little it is.

    • FanlessTech
    • 4 years ago

    Amazing opportunity. You did the right thing Scott.

    • orik
    • 4 years ago

    wow; you will be missed. show up on the podcast ever once in a while.

    • Wildchild
    • 4 years ago

    Dude that is freaking awesome! A very big congratulations to you!

    • Unknown-Error
    • 4 years ago

    WHAT??!!! Did not see this coming. Techreport has been one of those few tech site I could put faith in. A site I have been visiting since ever. Sincere thanks for all the great reviews, podcast and everything for the past 16 years.

    Wish you all the very best in your new endeavors Scott. Looks like AMD finally decided to hire some talent.

    Long live Damage

    • dragmor
    • 4 years ago

    The king is dead, long live the king!

    • mkk
    • 4 years ago

    It makes a lot of sense. Exciting times ahead on all accounts. I hope TR can get you on a tough interview a year or so ahead. πŸ™‚

    • ante9383
    • 4 years ago

    Dear Scott,

    congratulations on beginning this new chapter in your life.
    I find myself teary-eyed in my office in Germany. I’ve been reading your site since about the year 2000, which means you and Techreport have been with me for almost half of my life (I’m 32 now). You taught me so much about computers, including equipping me with the knowledge and courage to build my very own computer sometime in the early 2000s and every consecutive machine ever since. Your work here has fed and expanded my interest in computers, and largely thanks to TR, I’ve become quite competent at building and managing my company’s IT infrastructure. Your site is the only PC hardware website that I trust without reservations. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world read your website daily because your integrity shines through in all TR content. If TR wrote it, it’s true – you probably cannot imagine just how many people think that way.

    I hope TR stays the same, and I wish you the very best at Team Red. Kudos to AMD for hiring you, this is a smart move, I’m just a bit afraid for their long-term future due to their disastrous performance in the CPU-area, so I hope you won’t get caught up in any future sale/split/reorganization.

    I don’t know what else to say. You will be really, really missed within this community that you built. You have so much to be proud of. Thank you for all you’ve given us, the worldwide PC enthusiast community at large.

    • USAFTW
    • 4 years ago

    TR will never be the same without you. Gonna miss you badly.
    Good luck at AMD.

    • SHOES
    • 4 years ago

    Fully expect to see you at the BBQ in 2016 Scott!!!

    • puppetworx
    • 4 years ago

    You will be [i<]really[/i<] missed. You've written some of the best articles on technology that I have read and you've left a big impression on technology journalism. I hope you go forward and leave that same type of legacy at AMD.

    • TravelMug
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Scott!

    On the other hand – sadface πŸ™ Same as a lot of other as I scanned through the comments here. I’ve been around also from the beginning originally still through Ars then followed here as well.

    • MikkleThePickle
    • 4 years ago

    I guess Scott really, REALLY wanted a R9 Nano to play with :/

    • travbrad
    • 4 years ago

    TR won’t quite be the same without you Scott, but I know there is also a great group of people still working on the site. It sounds like a great opportunity at AMD both for you personally and for PC gamers everywhere if it can lead to smoother/better experiences on AMD GPUs. Hopefully you can stop by as a guest on a podcast some time in the future to give us the inside scoop at AMD. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been lurking here almost since the beginning (around 2000-2001), and even built my first PC from scratch based on your reviews. I’ve always loved the way you do things and how you just want what is best for consumers and want companies to do their best for consumers, even if you have to step on some toes along the way. That position at AMD really does sound perfect for you. Good luck!

    • emredjan
    • 4 years ago

    Great Scott!

      • willmore
      • 4 years ago

      Brad!

    • Sammael
    • 4 years ago

    … But… this means no more Scott/David Kanter deep dives ???

    predrawals started.

      • Buzzard44
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah I really hope we keep those. We reiterate over the headline performance numbers so much, and abstract so many layers away from the chip itself that it’s really interesting and neat to get down to what’s happening with fairly low level features and architectures at the inside the chip level.

    • nexxcat
    • 4 years ago

    Just wanted to offer my congratulations and thanks for bringing us one of the finest hardware sites on the Internet. I remember when tech-report.com started, and will always fondly remember the no-prisoners-taken reviews of the (thankfully rare) truly terrible products. Tech Report is one of the places whose editorial independence I trust and cherish. Good luck on your new position at AMD!

    • ptsant
    • 4 years ago

    Thanks for some great writing and honest reviews. As a tech enthusiast and happy owner of an R9-280X, I really hope you can help the industry move forward and give us the best possible experience.

    Best of luck!

    • NTMBK
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck in your new job, Scott! A very smart hire by AMD.

    • divide_by_zero
    • 4 years ago

    Holy wow, Scott. Going to try to avoid getting too sentimental here, but no promises.

    Though I’ve only been a registered member and semi-regular poster for the past couple years, I’m an OG TR reader going back to the “tech-report” days, following you from ARS. TR has been an institution in my life through good times and bad – new jobs, new relationships, deaths, hell, even Sept 11, you name it.

    I entered early adulthood in the late 90’s, and as a fledgling computer nerd I quickly found that TR was (and is!) an invaluable resource. I believed then, and still believe to this day, that you’ve created the best PC enthusiast site in existence.

    As similar sites dropped by the wayside over the years, selling their souls (or their entire sites) and cashing out, you kept TR chugging along, fighting the good fight. For quite awhile now, you’ve been the last bastion of independent tech journalism, and you will be missed. Lots.

    But I digress. All the best in your new endeavors! AMD can use the help, and I have no doubt you’ll be a great resource. Look forward to an occasional “Etc.” from time to time.

    Cheers,
    db0

    • SnowboardingTobi
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats! Kick butt in your new role.

    Before you go… can you tell the guys to review some Xeon motherboards for the new E3 v5, please? Thanks! ;D

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 4 years ago

    I didn’t read but congrats to SSK on promotion to CEO.

      • Meadows
      • 4 years ago

      Oh no.

    • MathMan
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations, but, oh boy, is it bitter sweet.

    I always looked at Anandtech as a very technically competent website, but it never felt home. TechReport had a different voice, one where you were having a friendly conversation instead of attending a lecture.

    [quote<]That's when you grab the tiny starter pull cord between your thumb and index finger and give it an adorable little tug. The world's smallest chainsaw sputters to life. Saw the GM204 chip exactly in half, blow away the debris with a puff of air, and you get the GM206 GPU that powers Nvidia's latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960.[/quote<] The fact that we won't be able to read this kind of joy anymore makes me very sad indeed.

      • gbcrush
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]TechReport had a different voice, one where you were having a friendly conversation instead of attending a lecture. [/quote<] Scott has put together a fantastic editorial staff. With all due respect to AT and their technical competency, I find that if I'm reading too much on their site, it's because the article could use some editing. If I'm reading too much on TR, it's because I'm thoroughly entertained.

    • Pax-UX
    • 4 years ago

    I’m ready happy for you dude! Love this site; it’s been my go to for Tech news for 11 years… while I’m sure it will remain a great site it won’t be the same. Good luck with the new job!!

    • vvas
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations Scott, sounds like an amazing opportunity!

    • Noigel
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, happy that you are pursing something you feel is worthwhile… nothing like a new job to push you out of your comfort zone and into new frontiers.

    Are you sure this kind of lateral move is what you want though? Heard they’ve announced that the PC is dead. πŸ˜‰

      • Redocbew
      • 4 years ago

      PC does WHAT??

    • TwoEars
    • 4 years ago

    AMD need all the help they can get and Scott will certainly be an asset. I think it’s a great move, both for yourself and for us tech enthusiasts in general.

    Hopefully after a few months Scott can find some time here and there to contribute to the techreport, or take part in a podcast to talk about what’s happening at AMD.

    Jeff is having quite the career path here! Best of luck to you all.

    • Kougar
    • 4 years ago

    Wow, sounds like Raja is pretty serious about turning AMD’s graphics & graphics drivers around. Going to be a fun if interesting road to travel, especially with VR on the horizon all but requiring such optimizations.

    Thank you for all the great articles over the many years, you will be missed! That said I wish you the best with your new position!

    • Wonders
    • 4 years ago

    Gonna miss that diction. Scott’s writing has always had a quality of inspired showmanship that made reading a treat, not just a time-killer. I feel certain the full breadth of his talents are yet untapped, and his greatest work is yet to come.

      • Wonders
      • 4 years ago

      P.S. I am @wisticott on twitter who fussed at AMD’s Roy on your behalf. For the moment I’d like to self-indulgently imagine this is what got you talking with AMD “a few months ago”, and the rest is history πŸ˜‰

    • Meadows
    • 4 years ago

    Dear Mr Wasson,
    Despite all the reassurance, this still feels like a great blow to TR in the near term.

    Hopefully you can make sure that upcoming Radeon software and hardware revisions get substantially better, as I also believe that you have valuable “outside” insights to share in that area.

    I wonder if AMD will let you come here and write an “Etc.” on various topics – including hardware – from time to time, or if you will even have the time to do it.

    We are also looking forward to your next podcast appearance, hopefully with new stuff to share, as a “guest” like David Kanter. It should be weird to be the guest of the site you co-founded.

    All the best,
    Meadows

    • dragosmp
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck Damage in the new endeavor. On a personal note, gotta admit never in the last few years did I have more confidence AMD is actually trying to do something than now.

    • windwalker
    • 4 years ago

    This great news for gamers.
    It’s always better to have capable people contribute directly to progress than to critique from the sidelines.

    I’m looking forward to the exclusive interview you will give TR when the next generation of AMD GPUs is released. πŸ˜‰

    Congratulations and best of luck with helping AMD shake up the famous value scatter plots!

    • ChangWang
    • 4 years ago

    Woo! Congrats!

    We would love to pick your brain in about a year!

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      That brain will probably have huge NDA fences πŸ™

    • Cuhulin
    • 4 years ago

    I just want to thank you for all the joy you have brought through TR. Best of luck in your new endeavor!

    • DrDominodog51
    • 4 years ago

    Farewell. May you have the best of luck at AMD. May all who have written for TR be remembered.

    • MOSFET
    • 4 years ago

    Wow, I still remember reading the split from Ars article. Never once blamed you for leaving Caesar, and I followed too. I echo the congatulations and I think Jeff is already doing a great job!

    Sunnyvale, Austin, or telecommute from KC?

      • The Dark One
      • 4 years ago

      He can’t move now- the house [i<]just[/i<] got Google Fiber!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    This is totally cool and some of you people are in a panic. I know from working with Jeff that he’s more than just a capable writer. The site will be more than fine.

    Scott’s news is a huge win for AMD-not to mention great news for the PC hardware community as a whole. I see it as AMD is committed to fixing what has plagued it so they went to the source.

      • MOSFET
      • 4 years ago

      Will your role increase Ben, or are you sticking with mainly news?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        My biggest challenge is my full-time job. That’s going to prevent me from doing much else.

          • ludi
          • 4 years ago

          So…you’re not applying for Scott’s position?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            That much I can confirm. πŸ˜†

      • Platedslicer
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, good on AMD, told their marketing dept. (read: Roy Taylor) to shut up about “unfair” reviews and hired someone to fix the problem.

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah. I’m not worried, TR is not a one man band and TR’s other writers are up to snuff.

      I also doubt Scott will go completely cold turkey, especially not with active TR staff still living under the same roof πŸ˜‰

    • MarkG509
    • 4 years ago

    Oh, thank God he’s not going to Apple!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      I know, they already made Superman vs. Batman, we don’t need Wasson vs. Anand.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Don’t count on it. What if Apple is having trouble with AMD’s graphics chips and AMD decides to send Scott to Apple HQ and (surprise!) Scott meets Anand right at the door? Wouldn’t want to be 10 miles anywhere near that area.

      • blastdoor
      • 4 years ago

      6 months from now….

      Apple’s takeover of AMD confirmed after Wasson updates his LinkedIn profile to show employment at Apple.

      • ClickClick5
      • 4 years ago

      That will be in precisely 3 years.

      EDIT: Then off to Samsung a few years after that.

    • malicious
    • 4 years ago

    Best of luck at the AMD gig and all your future endeavors and thank you for creating and maintaining one of the most consistently excellent sources of tech news and reviews on the Web. Your Tech Report articles will be missed.

    • Welch
    • 4 years ago

    Oh wow…. You know the second that TR loaded the first thing that came up was your picture Scott, with nothing else on the screen. My first thought was “Ohhh no, he is leaving!” and sure enough here we are :(.

    This is sort of a bitter sweet thing I think for a lot of us here at TR. On the one hand we are losing you and your damn finely written articles and personality. On the other hand there is the sweet which is that the PC industry, AMD specifically, will have someone who truly cares about quality. The prospects of knowing you’re going to be doing a lot to help bring AMD back from the dust excites the heck out of me. It’s akin to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” only “Mr. Wasson Goes to AMD”.

    Thanks for the 11 years that I’ve been reading TR for all of your hard work and great insight, you will be missed.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Yep. Scott’s photo along with ‘A New Era’. The story was practically told right there and then.

      The only real surprise here is Scott is off to work for AMD. Tell me I’m not dreaming.

        • ClickClick5
        • 4 years ago

        My first thought was he was leaving, then second was “HE BETTER NOT BE SELLING OFF THE SITE!”.

        • anotherengineer
        • 4 years ago

        Not only would that be a cool challenging job for anyone who loves tinkering and stuff with games and graphics cards, it would be like a dream job. Also I’m sure he isn’t working for free either.

    • npore
    • 4 years ago

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s[/url<] Congrats and good luck! Thank you for all the great work.

    • NoOne ButMe
    • 4 years ago

    Congratulations.

    Hope you don’t get squeezed around to bad. Although, the reorganization of the internal structure should prevent many issues you could have ran into.

    • Krogoth
    • 4 years ago

    The Great Gerbil of the Sky salutes you!

    • Andrew Lauritzen
    • 4 years ago

    I echo the same sentiments as others – sad to see you go, but thanks a ton for all the great work over the years making TR what it is today! Sounds like a great opportunity at AMD and they are lucky to have you!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      There is no doubt that AMD is the winner of this article!

    • ikjadoon
    • 4 years ago

    Oh, wow. OK. I won’t cry. :*(

      • huge
      • 4 years ago

      too late πŸ™

    • The Dark One
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats and good luck, Scott! I hope you can help consign those microstutters to the history pages.

    • Convert
    • 4 years ago

    What?! You have got to be kidding me.

    I think it’s well deserved and I truly hope you get some of your personal life back.

    I feel as though this is the end of TR as we know it. Pretty much everyone has jumped ship, which leads to so many questions. Even if it were all pure coincidence, and no offense to Jeff, I can’t picture any other outcome other than a slow decline.

    Trying to be introspective to make sure I’m just not in a negative mood this evening but a stint at AMD is almost certainly going to be short lived. I hope whoever buys them keeps you around. I can’t say I’m eager for your return as it makes me really happy to know you will have some more time with the family.

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 4 years ago

      we’ll know if AMD is going to be dead/bought once Zen arrives in the server market and what success it sees there.

      Or a third alternative where AMD splits along lines that ARE NOT CPU-GPU.

      • NovusBogus
      • 4 years ago

      The GPU division isn’t a complete disaster like the CPU side, so it’s unlikely to be on the losing side if AMD does get chopped up. And even if they did have a purge, I can immediately think of two very healthy companies with a lot of reason to want Corporate Scott’s methodology on their side.

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 4 years ago

        why does everyone seem to think that the CPU and GPU side would split if AMD did?

          • w76
          • 4 years ago

          Because it happens almost every day somewhere in the Western world? Where a company in decline takes a scalpel and spins off the healthy parts that remain? Just recently starting to see it in utility companies in Europe spinning off renewable energy components from fossil fuel generating components. We saw it after the first financial crisis, taking failing banks and splitting them between “good banks” and “bad banks,” with all the bad assets dumped in, well, no points for guessing. Look at Yahoo; almost its entire market value is its share in another company that it owns, so Yahoo is trying to spin off that part of itself for the benefit of all involved.

          Perhaps a better “tech” example is Nokia. It did NOT sell its whole self to Microsoft. Just the lousy part that was utterly on fire and threatening to destroy the entire enterprise. It kept several high-value assets back. Companies also do this sort of thing on occasion internally, closing failing lines of business entirely, but it’s not possible in AMD’s case due to contracts and debt.

          The only way ATI doesn’t re-emerge or get bought by someone else is if AMD starves its R&D so heavy to try to pay for a hail-mary last run at the CPU market that outsiders judge it only valuable for a few patents, but is otherwise too far behind to catch up to nvidia. I don’t think that’s the case — yet.

        • the
        • 4 years ago

        And one of those healthy companies has praised the idea of frame time testing. In retrospect, I’m surprised that they didn’t move first to recruit Scott.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, there’s really no one left.

      I know I’m often hard on Scott, but the man at least had the experience necessary to get stuff done well enough.

      Now literally everyone has turned over within the last year or two. That’s tough to recover from.

      I’m wondering if Scott knew this decline would be inevitable regardless of his presence and decided to get out.

      I mean, most of the Anandtech guys did that a while ago and I think Anandtech is now no longer independently owned. Tr didn’t go that route, so they might not be long in the world.

    • rip200
    • 4 years ago

    Have been a long time reader of the excellent reviews/articles posted on TechReport! Thanks for all the witty and wonderful reviews Scott! All the best and Congrats!

    AMD needs people like you, hope that you help it get back on track in your own unique way!

    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    I expect to see frame time spikes disappear by the end of the year now! You guys only have a few weeks so get to it!

    Also I am happy for you and pleased that AMD is serious enough about making things better that they’d hire you. I am looking forward to reading a future article here about a great new driver version.

    • kn314159
    • 4 years ago

    Several year lurker here, wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading the site. Go whip AMD into shape for us!

    • NovusBogus
    • 4 years ago

    Sorry to see you go, but congrats on the new gig. AMD’s graphics issues are primarily software/drivers/testing and thus solvable with some good quantitative analysis and management willing to back it up with action. I talk smack about red team, sure, but it’s because I care and I’d be happy as a clam if you’re able to help turn that boat around.

    • adampk17
    • 4 years ago

    Man, I’m hugely bummed but congrats to you!

    Who knew ‘Inside the Second’ would lead to this.

    • adisor19
    • 4 years ago

    Can’t say I didn’t see it coming..

    Congrats Scott !

    Been around since the first day and I’ll be sticking around till the end.

    Adi

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Good grief! I can’t believe this! While on one hand I’m happy for you, Scott, I am also a bit worried that you would be leaving TR and joining a company that has an undoubtedly shaky future. Yes I love AMD too, but what happens if you don’t like it there or AMD folds within the next few years? Will you be rejoining TR? And who will be in charge here? Goodness, Scott. First it was Tom’s, then Anandtech, then now TR! Frankly, I am not too happy about this. Being headed by someone who started the company is different. Jerry was for AMD, Steve for Apple, Bill for MS, Anand for, er, Anandtech, and so on. TR just wouldn’t be the same without you Scott.

    Still, maybe you can go undercover and feed us some insider info on Zen, perhaps?

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 4 years ago

      He’ll be in the graphics division. AMD keeps divisions separate, a very neccessary thing to do when you’re involved in semi-custom business in any way. And Zen APUs aren’t until 2017. So we’ll know the full Zen core before they tape out probably.

      It would be funny if Scott, Anand, Tom, etc. All end up working for one company, whichever it is, eventually.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        Yes I know. I deliberately didn’t include a smiley at the end of my post to see who’ll take it seriously. πŸ™‚

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats, Scott!! All the best in doing some Damage with AMD!

    • RawrMeansILoveyou
    • 4 years ago

    Hope you have a great time at AMD. I’ve always loved your work here at TR. Hopefully with your expertise you can help AMD grow and improve their products. May the force be with you!

    • gerbilspy
    • 4 years ago

    Awesome, I hope you enjoy your new job!

    • Toby
    • 4 years ago

    Congrats Scott; I’m happy to hear AMD has an eye for good talent. πŸ™‚ Have fun!

    • obarthelemy
    • 4 years ago

    Great news for you. Less great for us :-p
    Thanks a lot for a wonderful site that has been incredibly informative and fun over the years. I wish you the best.

    • f0d
    • 4 years ago

    wow congrats scott

    AMD will be getting a great resource with you scott – i hope you can change things for the better over there

    does that mean just about everyone from TR now are new? i dont think there is any of the old guard left πŸ™

      • Forge
      • 4 years ago

      Latecomer, don’t tell me your sad stories. πŸ˜‰

        • f0d
        • 4 years ago

        o7
        good to know lots of old users are still around though πŸ™‚

        i have been a lurker at TR for as long as i have memories (i have a bad memory so its not hard)
        i just never joined the forums or comments for many years (heck i never joined any community on the whole internet until around 2010)

        im sure there are many MANY lurkers that have been around since the early days but just never joined up

    • Freon
    • 4 years ago

    Good luck in your new role, Scott!

      • sunner
      • 4 years ago

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