OC3D Best of 2012 Awards

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Best of 2012

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MSI Z77 MPOWER

For those of you who had the UP7 in the "OC3D Awards" drinking game, sorry. The MSI Z77 MPOWER was a little late to the Ivy Bridge party, yet completely stole the show. It's not that it's the finest overclocking motherboard around, or necessarily the best looking, but the combination of awesome performance, great looks and a eye-popping price-tag make it the most well-rounded of the products in our roundup. Personal preference can lead to people preferring one thing over another, but nobody who buys an MPOWER will be disappointed.

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GIGABYTE Z77 UP7

It was a close run thing between this and the MPower but in the end the price of the MPower won through. That isn't to say that the top of the Gigabyte Z77 range isn't a stunner. It's gorgeous, and blisteringly quick. If you've just received your Christmas bonus then this is the purchase that will leave you breathless.

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ASUS Z9-PE-D8 WS

Things have been fairly quiet on the LGA2011 front. Considering how many X58 motherboards were released in the first year of release it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say the latest Intel release didn't capture the imagination. But if you truly need something that will crunch numbers in ways you can barely comprehend, the ASUS Workstation Z9, tested with dual Xeons, will definitely tick your boxes. Although you might be stuck eating beans on toast for the next year.

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09-01-2013, 11:31:46

tinytomlogan
It's that time of year again, when we look back at the products that left the most lasting impression.


http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...151807501l.jpg


Continue ReadingQuote

09-01-2013, 11:48:15

AverageNinja
Good list, though it suprises me the CM Storm Stryker isn't on thereQuote

09-01-2013, 11:53:26

Gurt11
Nice!

The Switch 810 does beat the Storm Stryker, out-of-the-box speaking ^^Quote

09-01-2013, 11:55:07

tinytomlogan
Yeah the 810 is a better build and forget case, plus people would just comment that I only gave it the award because of Orca.

Side by side to just build a rig the 810 is better. I chose the Stryker for Orca because I could do more with it.Quote

09-01-2013, 11:59:11

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Yeah the 810 is a better build and forget case, plus people would just comment that I only gave it the award because of Orca.

Side by side to just build a rig the 810 is better. I chose the Stryker for Orca because I could do more with it.
Ah fair enough then Quote

09-01-2013, 12:02:46

BesiX
I was surprised... I didn't see the Corsair K60 TTL Edition in the keyboard section Quote

09-01-2013, 12:09:11

dragoonk
ooh, nice one this is. "We know that not everyone has the cash to rush out that instant and buy a new piece of hardware..." You got that right .

Good List anyway, thanks!Quote

09-01-2013, 12:14:45

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragoonk View Post
ooh, nice one this is. "We know that not everyone has the cash to rush out that instant and buy a new piece of hardware..."

Good List anyway, thanks!
Silicone lottery son.... come on now youve been here long enough now.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:19:11

dragoonk
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Silicone lottery son.... come on now youve been here long enough now.
Baah, I know all about that... I thought the same at first. There was someone that told me a lot of them cards were really really bad overclockers for whatever reason. I still tend to stick with the silicon lottery theory.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:21:10

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragoonk View Post
Baah, I know all about that... I thought the same at first. There was someone that told me a lot of them cards were really really bad overclockers for whatever reason. I still tend to stick with the silicon lottery theory.
So you listen to just anyone over an experienced techno like me?

I dont need to tell you how silly that is now do I. Just go careful with the constant negativity you post fella, its not needed.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:22:57

dalewakelin
I was just thinking the other day about you making this Quote

09-01-2013, 12:28:10

Diffracted
Enjoyed it! Quote

09-01-2013, 12:30:07

dragoonk
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So you listen to just anyone over an experienced techno like me?

I dont need to tell you how silly that is now do I. Just go careful with the constant negativity you post fella, its not needed.
That's interesting, cause what I posted meant exactly the opposite, that was the main reason I came to ask so you would clarify, not to be treated arrogantly. I'm also puzzled by this negativity issue you mentioned about.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:30:20

TAWN
What a list! It has been. A goooooood year.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:59:40

nepas
Quote:
Originally Posted by BesiX View Post
I was surprised... I didn't see the Corsair K60 TTL Edition in the keyboard section
A serious oversight methinksQuote

09-01-2013, 13:25:54

Ghosthud1
All AMD/ATI cards in the graphics awards, not sure if im surprised or not

microlab making the audio section makes me happy aswell, they're majorly underated.Quote

10-01-2013, 07:45:29

SPS
Typo top of page 9 "2013 was the year of the mechanical keyboard. "Quote

10-01-2013, 07:58:02

Spiderz
A review of reviews taking over 30 mins? Could only be a TTL video

Would say this is a good round up of the year and while surprised you put the switch 810 in over the storm stryker it is the better choice I believe.Quote

10-01-2013, 08:06:57

Koolzy
Nice list of hardware. That HD7990 is something from another planet loolQuote

10-01-2013, 08:52:13

noproblem
What about top 2012 PSUs? I know the AXi series would win but it might be interesting to know... Thanks!Quote

10-01-2013, 09:45:24

Deejeta
Very fair list indeed.
Yay for the 810. By far the best present to myself in a long while.Quote

10-01-2013, 15:03:31

razza202
very nice summary of the year lol but i cant help but feel annoyed that i cant have them all lol keep it up tomQuote

11-01-2013, 07:22:12

Nogginthenog
Enjoyed that video, some nice advice mixed up in with it all too - the fact that for more or less everyone, the choice of memory should be down to aesthetics and budget at any given speed as they are all virtually indistinguishable in operation would be the pick of the bunch for me.

I would take the Cosmos over the Switch I think for cases, although if price was a factor then I'd agree with your choices.

My only other change would be a 690 over the 7990 , purely because of availability, you can buy them most places, not so much the amd card.Quote

11-01-2013, 12:27:51

phatjak
Tom, how about the caselabs STH10? whats your opinion about that?
It's not in the list cause it belongs to another category?Quote

11-01-2013, 16:13:30

WillSK
surprised you went for the quickfire TK; a compact keyboard for the keyboard (actually no i'm not as you gave it a cracking review). I recently bought my first mechanical keyboard the Steelseries 6GV2 thanks primarily to your review and am very happy with it and can't believe how much nicer it is to use a mechanical.

Really enjoyed looking through all these anyway. Cracking work as always TomQuote

12-01-2013, 08:01:08

Vlada011
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum really deserve Gold Award for Memory.
When I thought on awarded memory I imagine Dominator Platinum, open Memory section and ...GOLD AWARD!
And H100i GOLD CPU Cooler Award. Agree 100%.
Caselabs Merlin SM8 deserve Case GOLD Award if you ask me.Quote

12-01-2013, 08:02:48

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by phatjak View Post
Tom, how about the caselabs STH10? whats your opinion about that?
It's not in the list cause it belongs to another category?
Its not in the list because its not a Best Of Winner.


#statingtheobviousQuote

13-01-2013, 05:49:33

TAWN
I definately agree with alot of products on this list. Thumbs upQuote

13-01-2013, 18:06:48

ceryndrion
If I could, I would change the Solo 7c's remote to something a little more sturdy, dratted thing never wants to work for me..Quote

15-01-2013, 08:16:29

JiggaHertz
Does anyone know how dual H100i's would fare with a dual socket motherboard? Does corsairs software support two coolers in one PC?Quote

15-01-2013, 09:09:33

dragoonk
I never heard about it being done, but you can try. Failing though is going to cost.

Heard it being done with H100's BTWQuote

20-01-2013, 17:15:10

panosgb
H100i is good kit but I didn't see reviews of other aio systems in your site or channel! How come?Quote
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