San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
Overclock.net, a Huddler community, today announced the winners of its first annual Community Choice Awards. Almost 35,000 votes were placed by members of Overclock.net, the largest online community of IT enthusiasts, to determine best-in-class PC components, such as processors, motherboards and PC peripherals.
Established in 2004, Overclock.net is an enthusiast community whose members are devoted to maximizing the performance of their PC componentry. With more than 300,000 enthusiast members as well as four million unique visitors and 20 million page views a month, Overclock.net is one of the largest and most active online consumer tech communities. Its members post reviews, read articles, discuss products and tech industry news, and interact with each other on topics related to personal computer performance.
For Overclock.net’s first annual Community Choice Awards, members voted on almost 40 categories of computer hardware and related gear, from CPUs and GPUs to cases and routers. Overclock.net staff worked with member and manufactures to ensure the awards encompassed all related overclocking hardware. If a product was not included in the initial consideration set for the awards, members were also encouraged to leave comments in the community forum threads of each product category. In addition to garnering 35,000 votes, members of the Overclock.net community also submitted 2,650 comments for Huddler’s dedicated Overclock staff to take into consideration. Voting took place for 14 days, between November 13 and November 28, 2012.
“Editor's choice awards are great, but they got us thinking—if one person, or a small team, can provide great information on products, what might happen if we took an entire community of enthusiasts and asked them to use their knowledge and experience to put together product recommendations?,” said Seth Hochberg, general manager of Overclock.net. “The answer to that question is the Overclock.net Community Choice awards. We provided members a chance to voice their appreciation for great overclocker gear, and in turn, they are being heard directly by manufacturers.”
Huddler’s Overclock.net staff also worked directly with PC brands to gather more than $70,000 worth of prizes from participating companies. Voting by members made them eligible for prizes such as an Intel 3960X processor and AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8150 processor, an ASUS Maximus V Formula and Cooler Master COSMOS 2 Full Size Towers, among others.
“Savvy brands are realizing there are more opportunities for community engagement than just Facebook and Twitter,” said Dan Gill, CEO of Huddler. “Unlike other social environments, Huddler enthusiast communities enable brands to connect directly with their target audience through programs, such as the Overclock Awards as well as product sampling, focus groups and more. The Overclock Community Awards are an excellent example of an innovative way brands can engage with influencers in their target market.”
Overclock.net’s Community Choice Award Gold Medal winners are as follows, and for a full list of Gold, Silver Bronze winners, please visit: http://overclock.net/a/community-choice-awards.
List of all the gold medal winners for each category:
AMD Chip [Performance]: AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8150
Intel Chip [Performance]: Intel 3930K
AMD Chip [Value]: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz
Intel Chip [Value]: intel® Core™ i7-3770K
Socket 1155 Motherboards: ASUS Maximus V Formula
Socket 2011 Motherboards: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Socket AM3+ Motherboards: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
Category: Memory & Storage
HDD Product Line: Western Digital Caviar Black
RAM Kit [Performance]: Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
RAM Kit [Value]: Samsung 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600
SSD Product Line: Samsung 830 Series
External Storage Solution: SilverStone DS321e
Category: Power Supplies
PSU Product Line: Corsair AX1 Series
Low Noise PSU: Corsair AX2001
Mid-Size Towers: Corsair Graphite 600T
Full-Size Towers: NZXT Switch 810
Cases for Modding: SilverStone TJ07
Silent Cases: Fractal Design Define R4
Micro ATX Cases: SilverStone TJO8-E
HTPC Cases: Bitfenix Prodigy
LAN Gaming Cases: Cooler Master Storm Stryker
Gaming Headset: Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Gaming Headset
Gaming Mouse: Razer DeathAdder
Gaming Keyboard: Ducky Shine
General Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei
General Keyboard: Cooler Master Quickfire Pro
Mechanical Keyboard: Ducky Shine
Wireless Router: Linksys E4200
CPU Air Cooler: Noctua CPU Air Cooler: NH-D14
CPU All-in-One Watercooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100
Radiator Fans: Noctua NF-F12 PWM
Case Fans: Corsair Air Series Fans (Quiet Edition)
Fan Controllers: Bitfenix Recon
Category: Graphics & Displays
Nvidia GPU [Flagship]: MSI GTX680 Lightning
Nvidia GPU [Value]: MSI N660Ti Power Edition 2GD5 OC
AMD GPU [Flagship]: MSI R7970 Lightning
LCD Monitor Brand: Dell
Overclock.net, a Huddler community, is the premier online community for those devoted to maximizing the performance of graphics cards, CPUs, motherboards, RAM and everything else found inside your computer case. Founded in 2004, it is one of the largest and most active online consumer tech communities, with more than 300,000 enthusiast members as well as four million unique visitors and 20 million page views a month. Its members post reviews, read articles, discuss products and tech industry news, and interact with each other on topics related to personal computer performance.
Huddler is a digital media company that powers millions of daily interactions on the internet’s most influential enthusiast communities. Huddler’s proprietary technology platform makes these communities more engaging for consumers and marketers alike. Huddler offers brands the opportunity to interact with over 24 million passionate consumers in a contextually relevant environment across key interest areas including parenting, fashion and beauty, consumer tech and outdoor sports. Marketers can engage the community through highly targeted advertising campaigns, brand ambassador programs and unique market research opportunities. Huddler is a privately held company based in San Francisco, Calif. For more information about Huddler, please visit http://www.huddler.com.