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|Available in||English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish|
|Created by||Thomas Pabst|
Tom's Hardware is an online publication owned by Future and focused on technology. It was founded in 1996 by Thomas Pabst. 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, graphic 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 forum is 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.
Tom's Hardware was founded in April 1996 as Tom's Hardware Guide in the United States by Thomas Pabst. It started using the domain tomshardware.com in September 2007 and was followed by several foreign language versions, including Italian, French, Finnish and Russian based on franchise agreements.
In April 2007, the site was acquired by the French company Bestofmedia Group. In July 2013, that company was acquired by TechMediaNetwork, Inc., which changed its name to Purch in April 2014.
Avram Piltch is the current editor-in-chief of Tom's Hardware. Prior to starting the position in 2018, he worked for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag. Prior to that, John A. Burek, formerly of Computer Shopper, briefly held the role.
Burek succeeded Fritz Nelson, who served from August 2014 through 2017. Other former editors-in-chief include Chris Angelini (July 2008 – July 2014), Patrick Schmid (2005–2006), David Strom (2005), Omid Rahmat (1999–2003) and founder Thomas Pabst (1996–2001).
Tom's Hardware is owned by Purch which is a subsidiary of Future, which also publishes a number of other publication. In technology those include Tom's Guide (formerly Gear Digest), Laptop Mag and AnandTech, as well as science sites like LiveScience and Space.com.
The German spin-off was to be closed because of the new data/privacy laws, but continued as an independent site, with an exclusive licence for the local usage of the brand name.
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