Tom's Hardware

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Tom's Hardware
Tom's Hardware Logo.png
Type of site
Technology online magazine
Available in English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish
Owner Purch Group
Alexa rank Decrease 834 (October 2017)[1]
Launched 1996
Current status Online

Tom's Hardware is an online publication owned by Purch Group and focused on technology. It was founded in 1996 by Thomas Pabst.[2] It provides articles, news, price comparisons, videos and reviews on computer hardware and high technology. The site features coverage on CPUs, motherboards, RAM, PC cases, graphics cards , display technology, power supplies and displays, storage, smartphones, tablets, gaming, consoles, and computer peripherals. Tom's Hardware has a forum and featured blogs. In its purest sense Tom's hardware forumis the number one tech hardware enthusiast forum in the world and consists of millions of members across seven continents actively participating in discussions about the latest computer hardware and technology. Its experts exchange ideas, system builds, troubleshooting advice, and more. 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 in the United States by the German medical physician, Thomas Pabst.[2]
  • August 1998 – The company publishes a hardware book in cooperation with Macmillan Publishers.[3]
  • March 1999 – Establishes testing lab in Pleasanton, California, United States.
  • October 1999 – Set up of Tom's Guides Publishing AG in Germany. Establishes testing lab in Munich.[4]
  • June 2003 – Italian website goes live.[5]
  • August 2006 – Tenth anniversary.[6]
  • April 2007 – TG Publishing, parent company of Tom's Hardware, is acquired by the French company Bestofmedia Group.[7]
  • May 2007 – Tom's Hardware and iRobot launch a contest for aspiring roboticists.[8]
  • September 2007 – Company rebrands TwitchGuru to Tom's Games[9] and Gear Digest to Tom's Guide.[10]
  • February 2008 – Presence-PC become the French version of Tom's Hardware.[11]
  • November 2008 – Tom's Hardware launches first worldwide overclocking championship.[12]
  • August 2010 – AfterDawn launch Tom's Hardware in Finland.[13]
  • July 2013 - Bestofmedia Group, the parent company of Tom's Hardware, is acquired by TechMediaNetwork, Inc.[14]
  • April 2014 - TechMediaNetwork, the parent company of Tom's Hardware, changes name to Purch.[15]
  • May 2016 - 20th anniversary.[16]

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  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b Boutin, Paul (May 2001). "People: Thomas Pabst". Wired. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Pabst, Thomas; Desmond, Michael; Barber, Larry (26 August 1998). Tom's Hardware Guide. QUE Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7897-1686-6. 
  4. ^ "bmp beteiligt sich an Toms Hardware". AktienCheck. 6 October 1999. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Ferrario, Andrea (6 May 2013). "Tom's Hardware è cambiato, vi spieghiamo il perché". Tom's Hardware Italia. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tom's Hardware Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with One-of-a-Kind $10,000 PC Giveaway". Bestofmedia Group. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Ali, Rafat (8 April 2007). "IT Professionals Network Tom's Hardware Guide Sold". PaidContent. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tom's Hardware Guide and iRobot Launch Create Challenge Contest for Robot Enthusiasts". Bestofmedia Group. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "TG Publishing LLC, a Bestofmedia Group company, Rebrands TwitchGuru to Tom's Games". Bestofmedia Group. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "TG Publishing LLC, a Bestofmedia Group company, Rebrands Gear Digest to Tom's Guide". Bestofmedia Group. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Presence PC et Tom's Hardware vont fusionner". Presence-PC. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tom's Hardware Launches First Worldwide Overclocking Championship". Bestofmedia Group. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Pyyny, Petteri (20 August 2010). "AfterDawn starts publishing Tom's Hardware in Nordic countries". AfterDawn. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Brooke, Eliza (2 July 2013). "TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group And Steps Up Content-Commerce Integration". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Introducing Purch: The Definitive Buying Decision Platform". Market Wired. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tom's 20th Anniversary: A Retrospective With The Editors-in-Chief". Tom's Hardware. 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 

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