HotHardware's Best Of 2009 Awards - HotHardware

HotHardware's Best Of 2009 Awards

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There's a little rule in PC building: you can never have too much system memory. Over the years, we've found that to be as accurate as can be, and if you're looking for a quick upgrade with minimum outlay, additional RAM may be just the ticket.


OCZ Blade DDR3 PC3-17000 / 2133MHz
 
OCZ's Blade DDR3 PC3-17000 / 2133MHz takes the top spot this year, with robust performance and stability that's a perfect match for Core i7 CPUs and Intel's X58 Express chipset. This ultra fast 2133MHz kit is also priced well given the high-end nature of the RAM, and if you're looking for peace of mind (and who isn't?), these babies are designed to operate at the low 1.65v voltage required to safely operate run Core i7's triple channel mode.



Corsair CMG6GX3M3A1866C7 Memory Kit
 

Corsair's CMG6GX3M3A1866C7 CAS 7 PC3-15000 / 2000MHz kit, which is a member of the company's Dominator GT family, is a well rounded, high-performance triple-channel memory kit. The modules are designed to handle extreme overclocks and feature Corsair's DHX cooling technology. These memory sticks aren't cheap, but you'll be glad you splurged while overclocking.


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) F3-10666CL8D-4GBH
 
G.SKILL may not be as well known as OCZ or Corsair, but the gaming crowd knows them well. This 4GB kit is plenty to get you started on your new 64-bit rig, and the bundled heatspreaders ensure that things don't get too toasty. These modules were designed to run cool and stable, and at under $100 for the kit, it'll be tough to find a better bargain from 2009 in the RAM department.



Cooling may be an afterthought for some, but those who love to overclock know exactly how important keeping things cool really is. From CPUs to RAM modules to GPUs, keeping your most important components cool can help your entire system run better (and more reliably).


Corsair H50
 
Corsair tapped Asetek for help on the Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler, and the result is a stylish and simplistic piece that outperforms mainstream CPU coolers by a significant margin. Utilizing a copper CPU cooling plate and integrated pump connected to a 120mm radiator and high-efficiency, low-noise fan, the Hydro Series H50 delivers excellent cooling for those looking to test the liquid-cooling waters. It's also a closed-loop system that comes pre-filled and requires little to no maintenance. $60 is a small price to pay to for this kind of device.


Thermalrite Venomous-X
 
Afraid of liquid? Don't worry, you aren't alone. The Venomous-X is one of the most monolithic CPU heatsinks to come from Thermalrite, and it can be installed to work with both Intel and AMD chips. There's a six-heatpipe design, all of which are nickel plated, and a massive amount of surface area thanks to its myriad heatsink fins. Just make sure you have enough headroom in your case to shove this monster in there.



FreeZone Elite
 
If you're just one step away from dipping your entire rig in liquid nitrogen and boosting the CPU clock speed to 8GHz, the CoolIT Freezone Elite is a great stepping stone. Burdened with a lofty price tag, this is one of the higher-end units on the market, and with a thermal dissipation potential of around 250W, you can understand why. The maintenance free system comes pre-plumbed and charged, but you should probably be extra careful during the install. Wouldn't want to ruin a $350 part, now would you?

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With a dual-core Atom 330 processor and Nvidia Ion graphics, I would like to nominate the Asus Eee PC 1201N as the best netbook of 2009. I'll take mine in silver!


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Agreed on the Asus Eee PC 1201N! Can we call 2009 the year of the netbooks? Even Costco has started selling them!

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The UL products just keep getting better and better as well as cheaper and cheaper and of course more capable as well. I was thinking about getting my daughter a netbook, but in many ways don't see much point as I could get a UL for a hundred or so more thats way more capable.

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Depending on her age, a Nvidia ION capable netbook would work well. The GPU would be good enough for most basic games (you can even play Torchlight on it). It would also be small enough for her to carry around, and you should be able to find a sturdy model that will last her a couple of years.

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Yeah I know gibbersome one of the things today is there are so many capable choices for so many different avenues. 1 of them may be better than the other but by only a few points which your not even going to notice in real time anyway.

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Wow it was quit a year was it not!

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I'd say the Thermaltake Element S at least deserves an Honorable mention! :-P Or was that 2008? Eitherway, I love that case :-D

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If you like the looks of the pricey Dell Adamo that's given honorable mention in the article, take a look at the Dell Vostro V13 with prices starting at only $449.


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Man and it comes with Ubuntu installed. Hmm. Tempting to get that for Jen. She has gotten used to using Ubuntu Netbook remix on my netbook. She actually finds it easier than booting into Win 7 on the small screen. I installed wubi and Kubuntu on her desktop, but she never uses it. She is a gamer though. Anyway off to actually read the article.

Edit: Just read the article. Nice read. The Corsair H50 is the first watercooling setup that I feel comfortable recommending As far as price/performance goes.

Also the Nvidia 3D Vision glasses are looking more awesome by the minute. I have been playing with the 3D Vision Discover as of late. Using the old blue/red style glasses that you can get anywhere. It works with any 8000 or up Nvidia card. I think ATI has something similar. The only games I have messed with are Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. TF2 looks good, but you can't tell teams(blue and red lol) L4D looks awesome. If I had a 120hz monitor I could almost justify the $200 glasses. Still tempting though come tax time.

Also thanks for helping me with getting the 3D working Marco. It seems to be a Windows 7 issue. I booted into Vista and it works fine. I am still running the 7 RC though so idk.

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Nice find super dave! That dell is sexy!

I'd pimp one fo' sho!

And about the keyboard.... holy crap that thing is expensive... Just reading about it, i'm not sold lol Perhaps I just need to type on it.

I think this cheap rubber plunger dell keyboard gives enough feedback. But if you guys say the mechanical ones are better!! Do you guys know anywhere i'd be able to get a hands on experience with one?

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