Best PC gaming hardware of 2021

Best PC gaming hardware of 2021

We’re leaving 2021 with mixed feelings. While the great chip shortage rages on, making it nearly impossible to grab a new graphics card at retail price, it’s not all bad news. Brands are still putting out some of the best hardware we’ve seen to date, from lightweight gaming mice to RTX-adorned gaming laptops and CPUs that usher in support for next-generation technologies.

We saw the introduction of DDR5 RAM and some musings about PCIe 5.0, despite Intel only just joining the PCIe 4.0 bandwagon earlier this year. Eve and Asus duked it out to debut the first gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 and 4K at 144Hz has since become more widely available as a result. And AIO coolers got even cooler, with the MSI MEG CoreLiquid S360 bringing a screen that also plays .mp4 videos as well as gifs.

With some products barely even touching shelves, we’ve avoided the fanfare of an awards ceremony, but still wanted to showcase our favourite hardware from the year.

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