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Australian PC Awards 2022 presents: the nominees for the best PC gear

All the finalists across every category revealed...
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2022 is shaping up to be another exciting year of tech but, before we get too stuck in, let’s take advantage of that 20/20 hindsight to nominate the best consumer PC tech of 2021 – because most of these products are current, and there’s no better buying guide than a list of the very best of the best. 

It’s the annual Australian PC Awards, and it’s underway right now.

The experts at TechRadar, APC, TechLife, PC Gamer, PC PowerPlay and T3 have combined forces to concentrate a huge year of innovation into a short and sweet list of the top tech. 

Below is the shortlist of ripper finalists – PC companies, products and technologies that are really pushing the boundaries of what computers can do. That includes everything from the best processors to the most fanciful custom cases – if you can put it in a computer or plug it into one, it was considered for an award.  

For anyone more interested in the meta than wading into the nitty gritty of PC components, look no further than our top two extra-special awards:

Excellence Award: Presented to the person, product or technology that advanced the PC more than any other in 2021.

Gold Award: For the best overall company operating in the PC space for 2021. This list includes every one of the finalists across all the other categories – and has been carefully considered by our expert panel of judges.

While many will be keen to put NFTs and component shortages in the rear view mirror, there were some pretty impressive technological achievements in 2021, and this shortlist of finalists is the perfect cheat sheet for skimming off the cream of the 2021 crop.  

I want to know who won!

And you will, quite soon in fact!

We’ll be announcing all the winners right here on TechRadar on Friday, March 11, 2022, or you can head straight to the official Australian PC Awards site.

See you on the 11th!

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Finalists: Best motherboard maker

AsusAsrockGigabyte AorusMSI

Finalists: Best value motherboard

Nzxt N7 B550 MSI MPG B560i Gaming Edge Wi-Fi Asus ROG Strix B560-F Gaming Wi-Fi  MSI MEG B550 UnifyGigabyte B560M Aorus Elite Asrock B560 Steel Legend Asus TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI 

Finalists: Best premium motherboard

 Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro MSI MEG Z690 Unify  Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master  Asus ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming Wifi  Asrock Z690 Taichi  MSI MPG X570S Carbon Max WIFI MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WIFI  Asus TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI   Gigabyte Z590 Aorus Master  Asrock Z590 PG Velocita 

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Finalists: Best video card maker

 Asus  Gigabyte Aorus  Inno3D  MSI  Nvidia  Sapphire Technology 

Finalists: Best value video card

 Nvidia RTX 3060 12GB  PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 Fighter  Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Eagle OC  Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060 OC   MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming X   AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 

Finalists: Best premium video card

 Nvidia 3080Ti Founders Edition  Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holo  Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Master  Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Xtreme  MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Gaming X Trio 8G 

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Finalists: Best value CPU

 AMD Ryzen 5 5600G  Intel Core i5-11400  Intel Core i3-10105F  Intel i5-11500 

Finalists: Best premium CPU

 Intel i9-12900K  Intel i5-12600K  Intel i9-11900K  Intel i5-11600K  AMD Ryzen 7 5700G 

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Finalists: Best internal storage maker

 Adata  Kingston   Crucial by Micron  Samsung  Seagate  MSI 

Finalists: Best external storage maker

 Adata  Crucial by Micron  Samsung  SanDisk  Seagate  Western Digital 

Finalists: Best SOHO or home NAS

 QNAP TS-130 NAS  QNAP TVS-675  Asustor AS3302T 2-Bay  Terramaster F5-221 

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Finalists: Best value laptop or 2-in-1

 Lenovo Chromebook Duet  Acer Chromebook Spin 311  Asus Vivobook Pro 15 OLED  Acer Swift 3X i7   Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 

Finalists: Best premium laptop or 2-in-1

 Apple MacBook Pro 14- & 16-inch  LG Gram 17 (2021)  Asus ZenBook Duo 14  HP Spectre x360 14  Microsoft Surface Pro 8  MSI Creator Z16  Dell XPS 15  Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14-inch (AMD)  Razer Blade 14  Microsoft Surface Laptop 4  Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon 

Finalists: Best gaming laptop

MSI GE76 Raider Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA503) Asus TUF Gaming A15 (FA506) Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513) Aorus 15P YD Acer Nitro 5 Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC

Finalists: Best desktop PC builder

 Apple  Thermaltake  Dell  Corsair  MSI  Aftershock PC  Scorptec  Nzxt 

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Finalists: Best memory maker

 Adata  Corsair  Crucial by Micron  Geil  G.Skill  Kingston  Team Group 

Finalists: Best cooling product

 Cooler Master Air MA624  Asus ROG Ryujin II 360  TT ToughLiquid Ultra 360 AIO  MSI CoreLiquid K240  Corsair H170i Elite Capellix  be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim 2  Zalman CNPS10x Performa Black  DeepCool AK620 

Finalists: Best monitor

 MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD  Samsung Odyssey G7  Philips Brilliance 329P1H  BenQ EW3880R ultrawide monitor  Asus ProArt Display 14  Aorus FI32U  Aorus FO48U  Dahua DHI-LM28-F420  Acer Predator X25  Aorus FV43U  Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX  AOC U34G3X  BenQ Zowie XL-K   Dell 4K S3221QS  Samsung Odyssey G9  MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR 

Finalists: Best keyboard

 Akko 3098B  Logitech MX Keys Mini  HyperX Alloy Origins 60 Percent  Asus ROG Falchion 65 percent  Corsair K65 Mini Keyboard  Roccat Magma  SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL  Razer Huntsman V2  Corsair K70 RGB TKL  Asus ROG Strix Scope RX  

Finalists: Best mouse

 Razer Basilisk V3  Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless  HP Omen Vector Wireless Mouse  Steelseries Rival 5  Razer Viper 8K  Logitech G Pro X Superlight  Steelseries Aerox 3 wireless  Cooler Master MM720  MSI Clutch GM41 Lightweight Wireless  Thermaltake Argent M5 RGB 

Finalists: Best gaming headset

 Creative SXFI Air Gamer  SteelSeries Arctis 7P/7X  HyperX Cloud II Wireless  Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT  Corsair HS75 XB Wireless   Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless  Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2   Epos H3 Hybrid   Razer Kraken V3 X  Asus ROG Delta S 

Finalists: Best PC case

 Lian Li PC-O11 Air Mini  Nzxt H510 Flow  Corsair Airflow 7000D  MSI Sekira 100R  Lian Li Q58  Cooler Master NR200P Max  Antec P82 Silent  Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact  Thermaltake The Tower 100 Mini Case 

Finalists: Best router

 TP Link GX90  DrayTek VigorAP 1060C  D-Link DIR-X3260 AX3200  TP Link Deco X20 DSL  Asus Zen WifI XD6  Mercusys MR70X  DrayTek Vigor2927ac  D-Link Covr-X1873 AX1800  Netgear Nighthawk XR1000  TP Link Deco X90  Tenda MW3 AC1200  Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000   Netgear Nighthawk MR5200  QNAP QMiro-201W 

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Finalists: Best reseller

 Aftershock PC  Computer Alliance  JW Computers  Mwave  PC Case Gear  PLE  Scorptec  Umart 

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Finalists: Excellence Award

For the person, product or technology that advanced the PC more than any other in 2020.

 Intel Alder Lake architecture   DDR5  OLED laptop screens  Apple M1 Pro / Max (2021)  Windows 11  AMD FidelityFX  AMD Smart Access Memory 

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Finalists: Gold Award

The company that impressed us the most, overall, in 2021.

This list comprises all of the companies that made the finalist lists, plus more that the editorial team felt deserved to be included.

 Acer  Aftershock  Akko  AMD  Apple  Asus  Corsair  Creative  Crucial by Micron  Dahua  Dell  G.Skill  Gigabyte   Hyper X  Intel  Kingston  Lenovo  Lian Li  Logitech  Microsoft  MSI  Mwave  Nvidia  Nzxt  PC Case Gear  PLE  QNAP  Razer  Samsung  SanDisk  Seagate  Team Group  Thermaltake  TP-Link  WD 

Last year’s winners

See who won last year right here!





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