Beginning of a new journey

Subject: Editorial | October 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM |
Tagged: Ryan Shrout

As a high school senior in 1999, I started a journey that would carry me forward and through the next 19 years of my life, shaping it in ways I could not possibly understand at the time. What began as a website dedicated to the first AMD Athlon motherboard (K7M.com!) and progressed to one of the biggest hardware review websites in the US, brought me access to amazing technology and conversations with luminaries in the PC field.

I wrote hundreds of reviews, recorded weeks of video, and made many of you sit through more than 500 episodes of a weekly podcast! I was able to co-host This Week in Computer Hardware on the TWiT network for nearly as long. Just thinking about the amount of content that I typed or spoke is kind of mind-boggling.

Today marks the beginning of a second journey, one that I didn’t know would ever come. I have accepted a role at Intel as the company’s Chief Performance Strategist. In this capacity, I will help influence and drive performance leadership across Intel’s product portfolio. My first day will be in mid to late November. It is a challenge that I am looking forward to pursuing and an opportunity to catalyze Intel’s leadership even further.

As with others in my position that followed a similar path, this was not a simple decision. PC Perspective was my life, my passion, and my pride for these past 19 years. I took joy in the fact that I was able to build this up from nothing, with the help of a dedicated and intelligent team of hard-working reviewers and writers. Those of you that have paid attention will already know that my writing for PC Perspective has dwindled as my time was spent on other pursuits like Shrout Research. In my place, Ken took over the role of primary reviewer and has done an amazing job in the process.

Starting today, I will no longer be involved with PC Perspective or the content that will be posted. In reality, Ken has been managing that already with the help of Allyn, Josh, Jeremy, and the other team members. I am fully relinquishing ownership of the site to the team, removing myself from all aspects of finances and content prior to my Intel start date.

Shrout Research is another venture that closes as this opportunity opens. I am extremely proud of what I was able to create there in a short period, working with some of the largest technology companies in the world on product design, go-to-market planning, message testing, and much more. Contracts and projects have been finalized.

Many of you might want to know the why of my decision to leave behind the independent contracting and self-employment world and shift to working for Intel. For me, this isn’t a move dictated by finances (PC Perspective and Shrout Research were doing well). Nor is it one of external, negative pressure. Our team has weathered worse in both areas, and we would have done so again.

This move represents a new challenge and the chance to influence the direction of a major player in the technology field from within. The opportunity to work at a company with the legacy of Intel and be trusted with the scope of this role is humbling. It’s not often that this is presented, and after 19 years, I found the opportunity seemed like the right one, at the right time.

Not only does this career path provide a new challenge, but it also offers me the chance to create professional progress while allowing for more nights and mornings with my daughter – a significant personal plus for me.

I have dozens of people that I could and should thank for the success and opportunity provided to PC Perspective and Shrout Research over these many years. All of the writers and reviewers that dedicated time and energy to the site, the advertisers that continued to support it through the violent swings of the PC market, and the companies that were willing to take a chance on a young (relatively, at least) analyst trying to shift into a new space; I wouldn’t be where I am or have the life I do without you. Special thanks go to friends like Kyle, Tom, Jon, Bernie, Patrick, and so many others. You have been a sounding-board for more than half of my life, and I can never show my appreciation enough.

As for PC Perspective, I am confident it will continue doing reviews, news, and analysis of the hardware you love for as long as you, the reader, support them. As I said earlier; they have already been running the show without me for some time, and they will continue doing the excellent job that has brought PCPer.com to where it stands today.

As for me, you’ll be able to find my ramblings on Twitter (@RyanShrout), or if you need to reach me through email, you can do so at rshrout@gmail.com.

Finally, I want to thank all of YOU for reading my reviews, listening to the podcasts, supporting PC Perspective on Patreon, and offering valuable feedback that helped to make this place, and me personally, better. 


October 24, 2018 | 11:12 AM - Posted by Randy (not verified)

Well, I will just say thank you for the years of great content and I wish you well on this new adventure!

October 24, 2018 | 11:16 AM - Posted by RobertD (not verified)

Congrats Ryan, wish you all the best in your next endeavor! Thank you for the years of content and entertainment, you've helped keep this community going and kept us all in the loop about current / future pc news.

October 24, 2018 | 11:17 AM - Posted by overpowerlol

:o Good luck to you Ryan!

October 24, 2018 | 11:23 AM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Ryan is an Intel Shill!!!

;) The best of luck to you Ryan in this new job.

October 24, 2018 | 11:25 AM - Posted by unacom

Dang, that is a big move. Good luck to you Ryan. Hope you get proper sendoff in the podcast.

October 24, 2018 | 11:28 AM - Posted by Adam Sanders (not verified)

Wow, this news makes me surprisingly sad - but I'm happy for you and your new opportunity. Best of luck!

October 24, 2018 | 11:32 AM - Posted by AdoredTV (not verified)

So you've been paid by Shintel for years for favorable coverage and now it comes full circle with you literally taking a job with them. Pathetic and proves every bad thing said about you.

October 24, 2018 | 11:40 AM - Posted by Real Adored (not verified)

It wasn't me who made the above comment.

October 24, 2018 | 11:46 AM - Posted by Jim Tanous

October 26, 2018 | 03:49 AM - Posted by ActualAdoredTVHonest (not verified)

I don't know either of these 2 people.

October 24, 2018 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

LMAO

Thanks for the laugh

October 25, 2018 | 12:34 AM - Posted by GOLITUS68

I agree with that statement!

October 27, 2018 | 05:16 AM - Posted by chipman (not verified)

So we actually found Allyn MALVENTANO's friend from Intel!

I have to agree, webslaves are so pathetics...

October 24, 2018 | 11:34 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Very well said Ryan! Congratulations on the new role, I have every confidence that you will do well there and will continue to be a great leader that is able to assemble a team while leading by example to get the job done the right way. Intel is lucky to have you, (and I can hear Josh and Scott coming up with some kind of Shrout Inside pun as I type this, by the way!) Thank you for everything you have done for PC Perspective and the technology industry. While I cannot call you my boss any longer, I will continue to call you my friend! Best of luck!!

As for PC Perspective, Ken has come a long way since the mineral covered intern days and I will follow his lead for as long as he can put up with me :-).

October 24, 2018 | 11:43 AM - Posted by collie

Ahhhhh, the mineral oil. Something that never happened but we all remember so well. He looked so silly covered in all that oil.

October 24, 2018 | 08:24 PM - Posted by FalloutDJIA (not verified)

PCper is now Shroutless.

October 24, 2018 | 11:37 AM - Posted by Anonymous a (not verified)

Outstanding. I wouldn't trust Intel's performance standards to anyone less than Ryan.

October 24, 2018 | 11:37 AM - Posted by EpQBGBKJ0U7TiKNtZ (not verified)

Congrats, Ryan.
Although, I wish this could have been something more than a boilerplate corporatespeak announcement post.

October 24, 2018 | 11:39 AM - Posted by Chuck1969 (not verified)

Wow. Happy for you. Sad for losing your voice in things tech. I'm gonna guess you are not at all going to be speaking details about the job in any public manner. That would be one hell of a thing to follow.

October 24, 2018 | 11:49 AM - Posted by collie

I'm so full of emotions, I have no idea what to even say. I've been lissening and reading and following you so long....... I dont know what to say.

You will be missed, you can never be replaced, I hope only the best of the best for you and your family.

Also, with Mr Shrout at Intel, Does AMD stand a chance anymore? Sad day for Team Red

October 24, 2018 | 02:30 PM - Posted by Intel Fanboy Npc#3030304 (not verified)

Sorry, it s the other way around.He got quite a job to salvage a dumpster fire of a company stuck on a 5 year old proces and 7years old arh full of security holes, shill. They should pay him in gold if he fixes this mess.

October 24, 2018 | 02:44 PM - Posted by Phartindusty (not verified)

Nah, AMD is fine, they got Scott Wasson.

October 24, 2018 | 11:57 AM - Posted by Matt (not verified)

Sounds like an incredible opportunity, best of luck!

October 24, 2018 | 12:03 PM - Posted by Catalyst Maker (not verified)

Ryan, first and foremost I want to wish you the greatest success in your new role. I am sure you will kick ass at it and help the company improve its offerings.

Secondly I want to thank you for about 15 years of helping me constantly improve our software. Even though we were friends you never held back calling out our flaws and making me realize where we needed to improve. (Much of our day zero game driver strategy came from your articles and view points).

Third of all.... lets get ready to rumble ;-)

TM

October 24, 2018 | 12:07 PM - Posted by Gikero

Well wishes to you Ryan.^__^

I look forward to the inevitable reunion podcast.

October 24, 2018 | 12:13 PM - Posted by collie

This, 1000 times yes. BUTTTTTTTTTT you gotta get digitalkitty for that, but yea, this need to happen in a few years

October 25, 2018 | 11:09 AM - Posted by Esso (not verified)

Totally - was just thinking: first Colleen goes to Google, then Ryan to Intel... you know you're team is full of talent when they're getting sniped from all ends of the spectrum :).

October 24, 2018 | 12:31 PM - Posted by RevolvingDoorsPressToCorporate (not verified)

Well Anand Lal Shimpi(Now At Apple) from Anandtech, and Scott Wasson(Now At AMD) from the TechReport and Now Ryan Shrout(Going To Intel) from PCPer.

Now I'm really wanting the academic folks to get grants and start doing more Benchmarking via the Scientific Method to remove all the hidden variables from the benchmarking processes Involved with the testing consumer of PC/Laptops and mobile devices.

There really needs to be a more active academic/government partnership so some better automated testing can be developed for Benchmarking Software on PCs/Laptops and Mobile Phone/Tablet devices where all the hidden variables can be chacked for and equalizied to the best levels possible.

Memory Timings and other such settings and even the MB/Platform Firmware settings need to be discovered by the benchmarking software and recorded and collected by the Benchmarking Software Makers along with any certifications generated by the Benchmarking software for that benchmarking test run so readers can verify each benchmark done by the online press.

I'd like to see all the PC/Platform's benchmarking variables automatically colleted by the benchmarking software under a standardized metadata format. With that subsystem developed that all benchmarking software uses to decover all a PC/Platform's various OS/API and GPU/CPU/MB/Storage/other platform firmware and memory/other timings and system settings that are all recorded and sent in to a database that consumers could query by a generated certificaton number that the benchmarking software generates.

Really the Benchmarking that occurs really needs the help of some better automated tools that are able to properly record all a PC/Platform's hidden variables that need to be equalizied in a scientific manner and properly recorded and sent in to the benchmarking software makers database for proper review vetting by consumers/others where all complete details on any PC/MB Platform's settings are recorded to the most complete level possible.

Every OS out there has System Environment Variables/System Reflection methods built into the OS/Device Driver frameworks and Graphics Drivers to be able to in an automated fashon record all the settings on any PC/MB platform. That includes all of the UEFI/BIOS settings and other such environment variables including memory timings. That's all there and necessary data that needs to be recorded and sent in along with an identifying generated certificated number for the benchmaking run.

It's a tall order producting all the standards but that needs to be funded and the funds able to be granted to the various academic instutions for the creation of some better standards for automated benchmarking that can spot all the hidden variables and record any and all variables that can affect any Benchmarking Outcomes in an unscientific manner.

October 24, 2018 | 12:46 PM - Posted by derz

Heeee'll be back

October 24, 2018 | 12:46 PM - Posted by Particle (not verified)

Good luck to you on your new adventure. I'm sure it will be equal parts scary and exciting to start.

October 24, 2018 | 12:47 PM - Posted by Custard (not verified)

Good luck Ryan, have enjoyed your website for many years.

October 24, 2018 | 01:14 PM - Posted by tindo

Thanks for the many years Ryan, good luck

October 24, 2018 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Zach Davis (not verified)

Ryan, Thanks so much for all of your hard work over the years! The website is in good hands, hope we get one last episode of TWICH and the PCPer podcast with you on.

Good luck with your future endeavors.

Zach

October 24, 2018 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Jeff Murray (not verified)

Thanks for all the years of PCPer. Congratulations and best of luck in your new role.

October 24, 2018 | 01:47 PM - Posted by Greg Mannning (not verified)

FIC SD-11, not the Asus K7m was the first commercially available Athlon motherboard, Ryan you got it wrong, LOL! Good luck at Intel! :P

October 24, 2018 | 02:03 PM - Posted by spartibus

Congrats, Ryan!

October 24, 2018 | 02:03 PM - Posted by djnoob (not verified)

I've got really mixed feelings on this one.

Ryan, congratulations. That is first and foremost. I wish you the best of luck with this new and exciting adventure.

I'm also sad to see you go. When it comes to running a podcast, nobody does it better. You are the man. The loss of your knowledge and experience is massive. The rest of pcper crew is great but you were always the anchor, the captain leading the ship. You will be missed.

Again, best of luck to you.

October 24, 2018 | 02:08 PM - Posted by Ryan Thompson (not verified)

Man I’m going to miss you. Thanks to you and the team, I kept my insiration in electrical engineering and work on crystal oscillators as an EE. I know it’s only somewhat relevent, but the information ya’ll focused on directed my interests.

October 24, 2018 | 03:02 PM - Posted by craig (not verified)

All the best ryan! Going to miss your weekly wisdom.

October 24, 2018 | 03:13 PM - Posted by zipzeolocke

Such bittersweet news, I'm happy for you and sad at the same time. I wish you the best with your new job and I will miss you very much!

October 24, 2018 | 03:57 PM - Posted by fvbounty

Good luck Ryan, you left the place in good hands!

October 24, 2018 | 04:38 PM - Posted by Mexigreek

WOW.. Congratulations! Sounds like any amazing position. I looking forward to seeing even better CPUs and GPUs from Itel to fuel our gaming addiction. Thank you for the many years helping me understand tech and spending my money wisely when I upgrade my PC or help others with theirs.

October 24, 2018 | 05:06 PM - Posted by Nilbog

Congrats Ryan! Good luck at Intel.

October 24, 2018 | 05:20 PM - Posted by Dok

Congratulations Ryan its well deserved! I've been reading your site for a long time and and its helped me build fast stable workstations for my engineers over the past almost 20 years. Thank you for all that work, for creating this site and this community. Best of luck to you!

October 24, 2018 | 06:02 PM - Posted by DanWally

Ryan Who? ;) Good luck, Man!

October 24, 2018 | 06:13 PM - Posted by nEgs (not verified)

Congrats Ryan!

I'm really happy for you sir. You have earned this new opportunity.

I am also from class of 99 and been following your reviews for many few years, and I what to thank you for everything you have done for the community it is appreciated.

again congrats!!!

October 24, 2018 | 06:37 PM - Posted by Jarred Walton (not verified)

Congratulation, Ryan. I'll miss seeing you at the various events, but look forward to seeing what you're able to do within Intel. Good luck!

October 24, 2018 | 06:57 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

I'm going to miss you on the podcast and reading your reviews, you've built one of the very few sources that I would call 100% trustworthy and wish you all the best in the future.

Just reminiscing on finding your podcast on twit, when you had to run it after all the twit shows were done. must have been a good 250 shows ago. Thank you for all the content you help produce.

October 24, 2018 | 08:31 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

Good luck in your new endeavors Ryan! You built what I always considered about the most trustworthy name in PC hardware reviews. That job at Intel sounds incredible, and they are very lucky to have you. And the bonus that you will now get be a great dad to your daughter even more!

October 24, 2018 | 09:05 PM - Posted by 10nmNotInside (not verified)

This guy almost got it right.

https://www.anandtech.com/comments/9832/scott-wasson-announces-his-retir...

October 24, 2018 | 09:50 PM - Posted by jippers (not verified)

amdmb.com for life.

October 24, 2018 | 10:42 PM - Posted by f1nalpr1m3 (not verified)

Best of wishes and good luck.

October 24, 2018 | 11:07 PM - Posted by praack

Way to go Pal!

liked the way you and your team welcomed me so many years ago, giving me personal advice on my builds and answering some pretty basic questions.

good luck - not that you need it

p

October 25, 2018 | 01:05 AM - Posted by Hakuren

Wow! Good luck in your new endeavor. Big move, big change in life.

On a positive note you can kick Intel backside now to come with something new and exciting. ;) Why not?

Remember 'Shrout SSD principle' is out there. Now is the time for Intel CPUs. :D

Once more, good luck and all the BEST!

October 25, 2018 | 02:18 AM - Posted by nagys (not verified)

You shall be missed. Curious to hear an update from you once you are settled in.

Are you still doing TWITCH? If not who replacing you?

October 25, 2018 | 03:24 AM - Posted by Funkatronis

Ryan thank you for the many years that I have enjoyed your commentary on things, along with our brief back and forth over twitter. Your experience, demeanor and willingness to interact with the community is something I've admired and will be truly missed now that you're stepping out of the public sphere. I joined the community as you guys were doing the patreon for your modular set, you're the only ones who've convinced me to part with my money in that manner, congratulations. Good Luck to you, Live Long and Prosper/May the Force be with you, and if Intel lets you I'm sure the crew would let you poke your head in from time to time, and food for thought maybe the twitter can still have a shrout pick of the week :)

October 25, 2018 | 03:56 AM - Posted by lololol (not verified)

well you were already one of their chief marketers, with all your biased reviews and news, so that's only fair they start paying you more.

October 25, 2018 | 04:34 AM - Posted by ltkAlpha

Congratulations and good luck, Ryan!

October 25, 2018 | 08:45 AM - Posted by A monkey using tools (not verified)

Congratulations on making what must have been one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make after dedicating your entire adult life to creating such an amazing resource of independent and highly respected commentary on the tech industry.
You will be of course sorely missed in that sphere, but I look forward to hearing all about your progress in this new endeavor. With any luck, we'll soon see you on the other side of the mic, explaining how you are helping to influence Intel and fighting the good fight from within the blue giant.
10¢ per Gig or nothing!

October 25, 2018 | 09:02 AM - Posted by Jim Lahey

Great job, bud. You'll be missed!

October 25, 2018 | 09:08 AM - Posted by Godrilla

Congrats you'll definitely be missed.

October 25, 2018 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Jeff Jones (not verified)

Congratulations Ryan! You should be very proud of what you accomplished and the impact you have made. Thank you, you will be sadly missed.

October 25, 2018 | 11:15 AM - Posted by Jeff Jones (not verified)

Congratulations Ryan! You should be very proud of what you accomplished and the impact you have made. Thank you, you will be sadly missed.

October 25, 2018 | 11:36 AM - Posted by jeremyp

I’d be remiss in not taking a minute to thank you for the many years of excellent podcasts and reviews. Appreciate the article sharing your thoughts and feelings about your next adventure. Especially happy to hear you’ll be able to spend more time with your daughter. Very best wishes to you for continued success!!

October 25, 2018 | 02:11 PM - Posted by madhatter256 (not verified)

Congrats! You have come full circle from starting as an AMD only website to a comprehensive PC hardware website. Hook us up with free Intel CPUs :)

October 25, 2018 | 06:28 PM - Posted by Kevin Boye (not verified)

Congratulations on the new job, and on entering the corporate space! Still remember the K7M.com days, got a K7D MP2200x2 watercooled setup. Running 3dsmax on that baby during study days was sweet, running Serious Sam and UT at the same time was just insane.

PCPer has been amazing, and intrigued on how it will evolve. Seing Catalyst Maker here too, that's pretty cool!

Hope we'll hear more from you!

October 26, 2018 | 10:26 AM - Posted by SteveUK (not verified)

I will miss the banter between Josh and Ryan on the podcast especially when double entendre stops everything with laughter. All good things come to an end. Your work at PcPer is ending, but was a good thing for many people around the world interested in PC tech. Best wishes for your new future Ryan.

October 26, 2018 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Tom. Not this one (not verified)

Remember this as if it was yesterday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtkBrljozY

...and before that Anand from AnandTech
I'm afraid we won't see those guys anymore due to a roles they are taking. Too bad.

Good luck Ryan.

October 26, 2018 | 04:52 PM - Posted by BillR (not verified)

Good luck Ryan. I worked 23-years at Intel and I almost always enjoyed the work. It's possible to make an impact on the direction of computer evolution when you work there.

Let the data state your case whenever you can and don't take any sh*t when you know the right path. You have great technical chops, understand the trade-offs, and most of all understand the user and competitive environment BETTER than their most trusted Principle Engineers and Architects (who talk mostly to marketing and engineering at PC companies to gather user data). Don't let the size of teams throw you, they can be huge, stick to the path you know and hold your ground. You'll do them a world of good (remember though that important lessons, even positive ones, are not always appreciated at the time they are given). You're going to do great.

Best of luck!

October 26, 2018 | 07:27 PM - Posted by FrankB (not verified)

Wow. So sad to see you go! I've followed you for a decade. Thank you so much. Best of luck and enjoy your new position!

October 26, 2018 | 09:08 PM - Posted by Kloreep

Fare thee well Ryan. Salutes to Cap'n Ken!

October 27, 2018 | 10:22 AM - Posted by Kondor999 (not verified)

Great to know one of “our” people will be helping shape Intel’s priorities! This development is something every PC enthusiast should be excited about.

Congratulations to you, and to us :)

October 28, 2018 | 10:53 AM - Posted by SpeedyVV

Hope your extra time with family is as great as it can be!

Thanks for your contribution to this community so far. Hoping we all continue to benefit, with you on the other side ;-)

SpeedyVV

October 28, 2018 | 12:27 PM - Posted by Fourty7

Thank you for everything over the years Ryan & best of luck man. Going to a job like that after being self employed your entire life will be a fun ride ;D. Take care!

October 29, 2018 | 10:56 AM - Posted by Anonymousest (not verified)

Now he really is being paid by Intel.

October 29, 2018 | 03:36 PM - Posted by aselwyn1

Going to really miss Ryan being on TWITCH and PCPER hopefully you come back for the odd podcast/video. now we can confirm you are paid by Intel thought ;)

October 30, 2018 | 09:11 PM - Posted by BGN (not verified)

I am still not getting my papers!

October 30, 2018 | 09:11 PM - Posted by BGN (not verified)

I am still not getting my papers.

October 30, 2018 | 09:12 PM - Posted by BGN (not verified)

I am still not getting my papers.

October 30, 2018 | 09:12 PM - Posted by BGN (not verified)

I am still not getting my papers.

October 31, 2018 | 09:52 PM - Posted by Technolucas (not verified)

Best wishes to you Ryan. I have been a fan of PCPer for several years now, watching it grow and realizing that you were a man of exceptional talent and drive. So it comes at no surprise to me that you are moving up (I often wondered why hardware companies were not attempting to snatch you up and apparently they were)....BEST WISHES, and thanks for all the great content. PCPer won't be the same without you and I will always be able to say "I remember when Ryan was there".....You have made the world a better place. I will continue to watch PCPer and miss your presence. I do think you have left it in good hands though. Peace, brother.

October 31, 2018 | 11:52 PM - Posted by ThorAxe

Good luck Ryan, you will be greatly missed!

Have you found my papers yet?

November 11, 2018 | 11:26 PM - Posted by Jesus Alvarez (not verified)

Ryan,

I was just listening to This Week in Computer Hardware and heard the news. This is sad and happy news. I have been listening to the podcast for almost ten years and it has provided me with many many hours of entertainment and information. I will miss reading and hearing your insight and experience in the realm of the computer technology industry.

Thank you.

November 14, 2018 | 10:41 AM - Posted by truk007

Damn! I just now saw your Intel badge. You will be missed. Yours was the first tech site I was dedicated to reading and the only tech podcast I thoroughly enjoyed listening to (because of the witty back and forth banter between all of you).

I really enjoyed reading your reviews because of their unbiased, consistent, and professional perspective. I became a "Gold member" way back when you did that PCPer Live thing, because I loved the site and your writers so much.

I do hope you pop in from time to time on a podcast.

I will keep a closer on the Tweets from now on.

November 14, 2018 | 11:37 PM - Posted by Not That Guy (not verified)

Ah, GOOD Luck! Also its now solely up to you to push performance further!!?

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