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Tom's Hardware

Tom's Hardware
Web address
Type of site High-Tech Online Magazine
Owner TechMediaNetwork, Inc.
Launched 1996
Alexa rank positive decrease 703 (November 2013)[1]
Current status online

Tom’s Hardware is an online publication focused on technology that was founded in 1996 by German doctor[2] Dr. Thomas Pabst. Tom's Hardware is owned by TechMediaNetwork, Inc.

Tom's Hardware provides articles, news, price comparisons, videos and reviews on computer hardware and high technology. The site features coverage on CPUs, motherboards, RAM, graphics and displays, storage, and computer peripherals. Tom's Hardware has a forum and featured blogs. A unique aspect of Tom's Hardware is the "Build your Own" section where readers can learn how to build their own computers. It is published in several languages.


  • April 1996 – Website founded by Dr. Thomas Pabst[3]
  • September 1996 – Pair alliance; cooperation with the ISP Pair, USA.
  • October 1996 – First advertising customers.
  • January 1997 – Reaches more than one million page impressions per month.
  • March 1997 – The New York Times reports that Intel withdraws its unsuccessful attempt to influence Tom's Hardware and other media publications. Several Intel executives violated their own company's policy by threatening to withdraw advertising due to unflattering and unauthorized media product reviews.[4]
  • June 1997American Megatrends book the site for $10,000 per month.
  • September 1997IBM becomes advertising partner for the company.
  • November 1997 – Own chat forum.[5]
  • February 1998 – Start of the company’s international sites.
  • August 1998 – The company publishes a hardware book in cooperation with Macmillan (print run: 30,000).[6]
  • August 1998 – Reaches more than 10 million page impressions per month.
  • March 1999 – Establishes testing lab in Pleasanton, California, U.S.
  • March 1999 – Reaches more than 10 million page impressions per month and has more than 1 million unique readers.
  • August 1999 – Tom's Hardware releases major article about AMD's new Athlon processor.[7]
  • October 1999 – Set up of Toms Guides Publishing AG in Germany .[8]
  • October 1999 – Establishes a testing site in Munich.[9]
  • April 2000 – Start of Polish site.[10]
  • June 2000 – Reaches more than 20 million page impressions per month.
  • August 2000 – Reaches more than 120,000 unique readers per day at
  • September 2000 – Tom’s Hardware publishes product reviews of Intel's 1.13 GHz processor. Intel withdraws the 1.13 GHz processor from the market.[11][12][13][14][15]
  • September 2000 – Set up of "compubizz" – a B2B portal for computer hardware, in joint venture with Newtron AG, a provider of B2B software, and BMP, a German venture capitalist.
  • October 2000 – Start of the Chinese sites in two dialects.[16][17]
  • March 2003Russian site goes live.[18]
  • June 2003Italian site goes live.[19]
  • August 2006 – Tenth anniversary.[20]
  • November 2006 – TG Publishing LLC launches Merchant Hound for online price comparisons.[21]
  • September 2006Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini, refers to Tom's Hardware as his favorite tech website and quotes the site at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).[22]
  • February 2007 – TG Publishing LLC LAUNCHES Gear Digest, the online resource for consumer electronics and technology Products.[23]
  • April 2007 – TG Publishing LLC and Bestofmedia Group merger moves the company to the top 3 ranked sites for online technology publications [24]
  • June 2007 – Partnership with John Wiley & Sons to deliver the Universal Command Guide for Operating Systems online.[25]
  • June 2007 – Antoine Boulin appointed CEO of TG Publishing LLC, a Bestofmedia Group company.[26]
  • September 2007 – Company rebrands TwitchGuru to Tom's Games and Gear Digest to Tom's Guide.[27]
  • October 2007 – TG Publishing LLC changes name to Bestofmedia LLC, part of Bestofmedia Group.[28]
  • February 2008 Presence-PC become the French version of Tom's Hardware[29]
  • March 2008 – Bestofmedia Group achieves 150% growth in Website traffic.[30]
  • April 2008 – Bestofmedia Group launch[31]
  • July 2008 – Bestofmedia Group attracts $35 million from Index Ventures[32]
  • December 2008 – Bestofmedia Group launch Tom's Games[33]
  • July 2010 – Afterdawn launch Tom's Hardware in Finland[34]
  • July 2013 - Bestofmedia Group is acquired by TechMediaNetwork, Inc.[35]


External links

  • Tom's Hardware Homepage
  • Tom's Hardware Finnish Homepage
  • Tom's Hardware French Homepage
  • Tom's Hardware Chinese Homepage
  • Tom's Hardware Turkish Homepage
  • Bestofmedia Group
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