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Best Hardwares of the Year

Written on December 26, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Let's wrap up the year with the best hardwares we've seen in 2010.

Another year has come to a close and boy did we have an amazing 2010. With the release of several PC gears thanks to the undying efforts of our favorite companies, we’ve managed to get the best, and the worst anyone has ever seen in 12 months. Today we’ll give you the Hardwares that wowed us the most that will most likely stick around by mid-2011. Cheers to the future ahead!

MOTHERBOARD


Asus Sabertooth X58: Armed from inside and out, Asus Sabertooth X58 bites into the top spot of the best for 2010 because of it’s amazing performance, and back story of using military grade hardware can charm anyone. For its price tag, the Sabertooth boasts a well specced board which allows you to abuse the motherboard with dual-GPU driver issues.

Quick Specs:
Chipset: Intel X58
CPU support:  LGA1366 Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Memory: Support 6 slots: max 24GB DDR3 (2,200MHz)
Expansion slots: Three 16x PCI-E 2.0 slots (two 16x and one 4x), one PCI, two 1x PCI-E Sound Intel HD Audio via Realtek ALC892 with 8-channel support
Networking: Realtek 8110SC Gigabit Ethernet
Overclocking: CPU Clock 100 – 500MHz
Ports: 6 x SATA 3Gbps, 2 x SATA 6Gbps, PS/2, 6 x USB 2, 2 x USB 3, FireWire, LAN, 4 x surround audio out, line in, mic, optical out

Big Bang XPower: Although falling a little short against the Sabertooth’s performance, this x58 motherboard is quite a big bang power with the an impressive build quality that begs to get equiped with graphic cards and dozens of DDR3 sticks. It’s nothing short of one of the best, if not the best, motherboard to build an ultimate gaming machine.

Quick Specs:
64-bit Processors Compatibility: Yes
Processor Socket: LGA1366 Socket
Multi-Core Support: Dual-Core / Quad-Core / Six-Core
Chipset Type: Intel X58 Express / Intel ICH10R
Storage Controller: Serial ATA-300 (RAID), eSATA port, Serial ATA 600 (RAID)
Power Connectors: 24-pin main power connector,8-pin ATX12V connector
Supported RAM : SDRAM DDR3Supported
RAM Speed: PC3-8500, PC3-6400Audio Codec :Realtek ALC889BIOS Features: ACPI 2.0 support, M-Flash, MSI DrMOS, DMI support

CPU


Intel Core i5-760: It could have been the i5-750 for its stellar and consistent performance over the market and the resilience of the ever changing tides of the industry, but thanks to a little tweak to the overclocking paired with a very fair price for a mid-range processor, i5-760 has taken the crown of the best CPU for 2010.

It could have been the i5-750 for its stellar and consistent performance over the market and the resilience of the ever changing tides of the industry, but thanks to a little tweak to the overclocking paired with a very fair price for a mid-range processor, i5-760 has taken the crown of the best CPU for 2010.

Quick Specs:
64-bit Computing: Yes
Processor Qty: 1
Compatible Processor Socket:  LGA1156 Socket
Clock Speed: 2.8 GHz
Manufacturing Process: 45 nm
Architecture Features: Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Execute Disable Bit capability, Streaming SIMD extensions 4.1, Streaming SIMD extensions 4.2, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel 64 Technology
Thermal Design Power: 95 W

Intel i5-750: Resilient and reliable. That’s been pretty much the story of Intel i5-750 as it charms the world with its humble price, but amazing performance in the quad core category. It stood the tests of time and could have easily won as this year’s best CPU, but it’s brother, i5-760 came along. Great.

In a nutshell, it’s an older twin of the i5-760, but the overclocking margins defined the difference of that over the i5-750.

Quick Specs:
64-bit Computing: Yes
Processor Qty: 1
Compatible Processor Socket: LGA1156 Socket
Clock Speed: 2.66 GHz
Manufacturing Process: 45 nm
Architecture Features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Intel 64 Technology,Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Thermal Design Power: 95 W

GRAPHIC CARDS


HD 5970: We can easily choose HD 6870 or any other of the latest graphic cards available over this one, but most of their features aren’t REALLY needed in some games today and maybe in the coming months. The HD 5970 may be a little expensive, but it’s certainly an investment. It’s the flagship card of ATI’s 5000 series wielding its amazing dual core technology that outperforms the rest, even NVIDIA’s GTX500 series. This is a card that might stand its ground as one of the best, if not the best, until mid-2011.

Quick Specs:
Clock Speed: 725MHz
Graphics Card Performance: Should run all modern games at high resolution and image quality settings.
RAMDAC Clock Speed 400: MHz
Video Memory Installed: 2 GBTechnology GDDR5 SDRAM: 2 x 256 bit
Memory Clock Speed: 2 GHz
Features: ATI CrossFireX Technology, Avivo HD Technology, High dynamic-range (HDR) rendering, ATI PowerPlay technology,Video Transcoding (AVT), ATI Eyefinity Technology, ATI Stream technology

ATI Radeon HD 5870: It’s certainly AMD’s year in the category as they lead the industry over NVIDIA, but only by a hair perhaps. HD 5870 is a bang-for-the buck buy on the best fps performance in the market today. It beats NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX480 primarily because it costs way less. It allows you to play games at maximum settings with ease, a plus to anyone who’s looking for a .

Quick Specs:
Clock Speed: 850 MHz
Graphics Card Performance: Should run all modern games at high resolution and image quality settings.
RAMDAC Clock Speed: 400 MHz
Video Memory Installed: 2 GB
Technology: GDDR5 SDRAM 256-bitMemory Clock Speed: 4.8 GHzFeatures ATI CrossFireX Technology, Avivo HD Technology, High dynamic-range (HDR) rendering, ATI PowerPlay technology,ATI Eyefinity Technology, ATI Stream technology

KEYBOARDS


Razer Tarantula (for Gamers): When it comes to performance, and (gamer’s) practicability, the Razer Tarantula is an impressive keyboard thanks to its comfortable keys and very sleek look. Although we do find it lacking on the speed department due to a measely USB 1.1 slot, it’s overall performance and customizable, user-friendly keys and settings allow you to use it under your own terms. Oh and did we mention it has backlights, too?

Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard  (Common folks): From the gaming elite to your average Joe or Jane, the Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard may lack a little in the performance department but it’s unique fusion of style and comfort definitely the best low-end to mid-end keyboard available today.

MOUSE


Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Laser Mouse (for Gamers): Equipped with 5,600 DPI refresh rate and a precision of 3.5G laser sensor, this could very well be the most sensitive mouse to date. Plugging the Mamba works just like a cable mouse and the battery can run as long as 72 hours. It’s the perfect gaming mouse to any hardcore gamer out there.

HP Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse (Common folks): What do you get when you merge style, comfort, right sensitivity under a good price? HP’s Wireless Comfort Mobile Mouse. The laser sensor gives smooth tracking and instant response time. It’s a handy, reliable mouse fit for anyone.

And so another year ends, and another one is about to come. With the teasers the companies are releasing, 2011 will definitely be a very interesting year where having the right chord of price and performance will reign supreme.


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