As I mentioned in my earlier article, we’ve had an internal debate over whether or not we should speak out about dubious practices found elsewhere.
We polled you, and despite a little expected intervention :), it was easy enough to remove that portion from the voting total and come up with a good enough
approximation of what you think.
As we kind of expected, there’s some ambivalence on the issue. Roughly 40-50% of you don’t like seeing these kinds of articles. About a quarter aren’t thrilled, but
don’t really care, and the remaining quarter rather likes it.
This made us think a little as to why we’ve felt the need to speak out. After thinking about this for a while, it dawned on us that our problem wasn’t really who said what, but what was said (or not said).
So what I think we need to do in the future when we see something that doesn’t quite look kosher to us is to say what needs to be said about the product, and the questions that you need to have answered in order to properly evaluate a piece of equipment.
So when you see a review of the Vapochill, this is what you need to look for in any review, and if you don’t see it, ask why:
- Just how well does this manage to cool down a fiery TBird or Palomino as opposed to a PIII?
- Just how much of an overclocking improvement do you get using the system as opposed to, say, using an Alpha? Does the review provide the maximum stable speed of the processor being tested with either type of cooling?
- (For those mechanically challenged) Just how difficult is it to install motherboards and devices like hard drives with this system? Do you need to take out your power supply to put in or remove a hard drive, for instance?