OC3D Best Of 2011 Awards


OC3D Best PC Hardware Products Of 2011


ASUS Rampage IV Extreme

OC3D Best Of 2011     OC3D Best Of 2011 

When the LGA2011 socket was released there were only a handful of motherboards available. However the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme was so brilliant it would stand out regardless of how many others are available. Great design, a truly stunning BIOS and all in all a very pleasant motherboard to use. The price is rather eye-watering, but if you want the very best foundation available, this is the board for you. Read our review here Or watch the video review here.

ASUS P67 Sabertooth

OC3D Best Of 2011       OC3D Best Of 2011

The early LGA1155 motherboards fell into two distinct categories. Expensive/great and cheap and cheerful. Then along came the P67 Sabertooth. At £150 it is one of the most affordable motherboards around, yet it looked the business and pushed our 2500K to 5GHz as easily as anyone could hope for. It completely redefined what performance and feature-set we expected for our investment and we were deep into the Z68 motherboards before we started to see similar value. Read our review here.

Gigabyte X58 G1.Assassin

OC3D Best Of 2011            OC3D Best Of 2011

Just when we thought that we'd seen the last of the big X58 motherboards, along came Gigabyte with the excellent G1.Assassin. Not only was it a good performer but the design ethos is what really caught our eye. A lot of boards have a flash name and that's about it, but Gigabyte took the Assassin name and ensured that the heat-sinks and colour scheme matched the spirit add to that real creative audio a Killer network chip and overclocking good enough to find the aircooling limits of our CPU and you have an awesome package. Read all about it here or you can watch the video review series here.

Gigabyte X58 OC

OC3D Best Of 2011     OC3D Best Of 2011

It's not often we find ourselves enjoying a board that's rather short on features, but the Gigabyte X58 OC was one such motherboard. Regularly manufacturers design their motherboards to overclock, except they add an array of features to ensure that your average user might decide to purchase it. The X58OC was 100% pure in that it was built to break benchmark scores, and nothing else. If it didn't add to the boards ability to create world records, it was left off. Everything was sacrificed in the quest for enormous benchmarks, and it succeeded admirably. Read our sub-zero review here.

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30-12-2011, 09:10:02


We take a look back at what has been a feature packed 12 months and pick out what we think are the best products released in 2011.

Continue ReadingQuote

30-12-2011, 09:48:13

I love that case labs case. Reminds me of my old cube server.Quote

30-12-2011, 09:49:37


30-12-2011, 10:10:27

rocatt isku is the best keyboard ive owned to date, nothing else beats itQuote

30-12-2011, 11:23:43

interesting, ill give it that....looooooooong vid ...

some good stuff there

nice to see i bought the amstrad, the betamax, the sinclair version of the bulldozer Quote

30-12-2011, 11:47:50

I enjoyed watching it and trying to figure out your selections beforehandQuote

30-12-2011, 14:11:35

Excellent work OC3D thanks & good wishes for 2012Quote

30-12-2011, 15:31:32

I love this line up, now it's decided I'm definitely going to get the Isku keyboard having searched the internet for weeks in look of a gaming keyboard. Wish I got it when OCUK had it on their sale Quote

30-12-2011, 15:46:56

uh i think there's an error , you gave the i7-2600k a silver award and a performance award not a gold award (unless you combined them to get a gold?)Quote

30-12-2011, 17:17:26

Originally Posted by lolplox View Post

uh i think there's an error , you gave the i7-2600k a silver award and a performance award not a gold award (unless you combined them to get a gold?)
The 2500K is perfect for most peoples needs and the price point is very attractive. If you want to fold and have other things that make use of HT, the 2600K is better.Quote

31-12-2011, 01:54:33

@ yassarikhan786

what? i know that, i'm talking about the awards you know............. the original review gave different rewards is all i'm saying.Quote

31-12-2011, 03:20:25

Another good vid I enjoyed it and nice to see the rewards well deserved. Can't wait to see the next installment of high class reviews in 2012. Quote

31-12-2011, 05:59:36

Just watched the vid and it was a good look back on the year and all the stuff that has been reviewed, I have enjoyed following all the builds like the G1 Assassin HAF X, Snowdrift and H20 etc that have happened throughout the year as well as all the reviews. All the products that got the best of 2011 Award definietly deserved it as well.

Looking forward to more of the same next year Quote

31-12-2011, 10:51:15

Still remember the Sandy Bridge reviews right at the beginning of 2011. Bring on next year!Quote

31-12-2011, 14:21:48

Another great video. I watch/read just about all of your reviews and just want to thank you all for the hard work you all have put in this year.

I do have one question what about the best memory of the year? Is there just to many variables or was it forgotten ?Quote

31-12-2011, 14:49:33

Brilliant video! AMD better make a comeback next year or I will totally loose faith in them. I loved the shadow H20 build, it inspired me to make my HAF 932 look a bit more red . Got the drive bay covers and the mesh powered coated blood red. Looks awesome!Quote

03-01-2012, 07:33:10

Good vid

WOAH that was nearly an hour long!!! ah well best get back to workQuote

03-01-2012, 14:42:16

Originally Posted by lolplox View Post

@ yassarikhan786

what? i know that, i'm talking about the awards you know............. the original review gave different rewards is all i'm saying.
Oh, sorry about the misunderstanding. Yeh, the awards were different originally.Quote

03-01-2012, 15:10:07

remember ppl, that this is the BEST OF awards

so gold is saying it came FIRST (it was the best of the bunch in its category)... 'of the best'

and silver came SECOND best

it is a 'round-up' of what happened in 2011

the i7-2600K still is silver on review, but won the 2011 award on its own merit (compared to other releases)Quote

05-01-2012, 04:45:57

Just watched the video and decided to take a shoot every time Tom said "right" needless to say I only remember up too the 19 minute mark...

J/K Love the video reviews keep up the great work!!Quote

05-01-2012, 06:10:43

Great video as always Tom. Keep doing what you do best Quote

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