As the guy with the “keys to the sample cabinet” for all worldwide Intel press review samples, my email Inbox is pretty jumpin’. I wanted to share a few of my favorite stories and experiences as well as provide a peek at the goodies. I’ll even share a way to pitch me with your best ideas to review one too (if you are in the journalistic world yourself).
Here is a mouth-watering (to the techie) look in the 2nd drawer down from the top of my cabinet, where the X-25M Solid State Drives (SSDs) lurk nestled among friendly CPUs:
Being the “press sample guy” means you are wildly popular, and I always thought it was just my looks and charm! The day the HardOCP reviewer told me his iguana ate his CPU I rolled my eyes and told him that was the oldest excuse in the book. When he provided X-Rays I had to change my tune and go back to the cabinet for a replacement (sample, not iguana).
I have to admit, I am always blown away by the professionalism and tech prowess of the hundreds of reviewers we deal with. I started at Intel in engineering, long long ago, and am rusty but have enough gas in the tank to at least understand what these guys are all talking about! The amazing Core i7 is the latest goodie out the door. Charles at Xtremesystems already has his sample at over 5 GHz, and I get a kick out of seeing the overclocker reviewers drool over our 45nm gems.
Sometimes I find an ancient relic in the cabinet, such as this vintage 10 MB Flash memory card. Hey, in its prime it was one of THE hottest items in my sample cabinet! I took the 1MB sticks of RAM to recycling years ago though (rest assured, we have an entire department dedicated to e-waste and recycling):
So you think you want to be a tech reviewer and send me to my sample cabinet in search of a goodie for you to analyze? We have a press review program where we have a limited amount of samples for tech reviewers or bloggers who can really get hands-on and give their readers insight. I can’t guarantee a sample, but we are always open to hearing ideas on how to get the amazing performance of our products talked about.
I review every request personally and unfortunately have to decline many due to resources and sample availability. But, I am always on the lookout for someone doing something new and creative–for example a specialty Wall Street firm reviewing PC hardware took a close look at the Core i7 (and those guys need all the CPU help they can get in this market!).
You can submit a review request here, make sure you say “Dan Snyder sent me”. I’ll sign off for now, the sample cabinet beckons (this is starting to sound like a Twilight Zone episode)!