Best Desktops and Computer Components at CES 2022

There’s no better time to be tech-savvy than CES week (except for Computex week in Taipei). Excitement is in the air, with powerful new computers and core components announced from dozens of companies. This year, we saw the unveiling of Nvidia’s most powerful supposed consumer graphics card yet (even if just for a temporary tease), along with AMD’s latest CPU, which is poised to change the game for gamers, and And therefore Much more.

It wasn’t just desktop components. AMD and Intel have also pushed to introduce new lines of mobile processors that will soon dominate the laptop market. All the major OEMs have announced the tandem laptops that will integrate these CPUs, and you can learn more about them by checking out our Best Laptops at CES 2022 roundup.

If you’re now trying to get busy with all the new hardware coming out of CES, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best PC and desktop components we’ve seen during the show. Whether you’re upgrading a computer, building one, or shopping for a pre-built system, these are the exciting new hardware that will make an impact in 2022.Michael Justin Allen Sexton

HP Omen 45L

HP Omen 45L

(Photo: Charles Jeffries)

HP’s Omen 45L is one of the most powerful gaming desktops we’ve reviewed yet, packing an Intel Core i9-12900K and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. Although the latter may soon be ditched as Nvidia’s fastest GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, is only as good as the cards that are on the market right now…if you can find one! Buying one at the Omen 45L might be your best bet, and all these premium hardware combined make this system a force of gaming potential.

All this comes loaded inside an imposing body that uses a unique design, comprising up to a 360mm liquid-cooled radiator. the outside From the main compartment is positioned in what HP calls a “heatsink” for additional airflow and cooling capability. Your wallet (and your significant other) probably won’t be happy, but if you’re looking for a PC with the best hardware you can buy and don’t want to build it yourself (or deal with component investors), the Omen 45L is a bewildering choice. (Check out our full review of the HP Omen 45L.) –MJAS

HP Z2 Mini G9

HP Z2 Mini G9

HP announces its new Z2 Mini G9 as “the world’s most powerful small workstation”. We’ll need to test it first before we can support this assertion, but we can’t deny that it’s definitely “small” and that should Be very strong.

The overall system volume is just under 3 liters and comes with unlocked Intel 12th Generation (“Alder Lake”) Core vPro processors. The system also features support for DDR5 RAM, a PCI Express Gen 4 SSD, and an integrated Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card, something we rarely see in a lower form factor. If anything like the 2020 Z2 Mini G5 Workstation we reviewed, it should prove to be a really powerful little system. (Read more about the HP Z2 Mini G9 here.) –MJAS

Cyberpower Kinetic Series Bag

Cyberpower Kinetic Series Bag

Dust isn’t friendly to your desktop PC, but neither is the internal heat. Proper ventilation is essential if you want to avoid the latter, and the CyberPower PC has found a unique way to allow massive amounts of air to flow through one of its enclosures without just punching it full of holes. At the same time, it has turned it into a work of art that is unconventional and vaguely threatening to PC chassis art.

The CyberPower Kinetic Series case uses a unique front panel divided into a set of motorized miniature triangular panels that are controlled by a heat sensor. When the system is running relatively cool, this sensor will lock the front panel to keep the airflow light (and dust down). As the system warms up, the front triangles will open and allow significantly more air to flow in. The 18 automatic vents on the front panel open and close individually, as the system responds to rising or falling temperatures inside.

is she my work An approach to dealing with airflow? Who knows! Is it a look Really cool? Uh heck yes. (Read more about the case of CyberPower Kinetic here.) MJAS

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is the first AM4 CPU to use AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology, which debuted on AMD EPYC processors. This new design adds a second silicon die to the processor package that is all cache and gives the CPU a massive 64MB last level cache (LLC). In some scenarios, this can even boost performance, and it’s claimed to be particularly effective on some gaming titles. AMD claims that the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which comes out in the spring, will easily outperform the Ryzen 9 5900X in many games and should have an edge in select titles even on Intel’s 12th “Alder Lake” chip, the Core i9-12900k.

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D also gives us a taste of what we can expect to see in the second half of this year, when AMD launches its own Ryzen 7000 processors based on its new Zen 4 architecture (also shown at CES 2022), which will benefit from 3D V-Cache technology as well. (Read more about the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and the upcoming Zen 4 processors.) –MJAS

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090T

GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

2022 won’t start right without the Nvidia CES keyword and classic “Here’s something else!” This year, this was our first look at the company’s upcoming entry into popularity (many would argue is very Popular) GeForce RTX 30 Series Desktop Discrete GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition.

We haven’t learned much about the card aside from some scant specs (which put it a few percentage points ahead of the GeForce RTX 3090 in terms of TFLOPs on paper) — well, the fact that it’s there, interval. But in a world thirsty for any The GPU can lay its hands, waiting fingers to hold.

We expect to hear more about the card in the coming months, including price points, release dates, and potential clues about what pre-launch stock status might look like. Get your trigger finger flexed (to beat the buying bots) and your bank balance down (because it won’t be cheap). (Read more about Nvidia CES 2022 graphics announcements.) –Chris Stubing

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new graphics cards released for under $300, let alone $200. And at a time when the available supply of discrete cards is more strained than ever, announcements like the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT are a desert oasis.

No, it will not be the most powerful GPU or evolutionary GPU. But at this point, the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which comes out later this month from a handful of AMD card partners, is getting points in our book just for Existing At the price it does. (We’ll see how that pricing dynamic shakes up when you hit the street and other folks though.) Gamers playing in 1080p don’t even bother to choose from these days – just stock available! – So any family of cards that increases hopefully the current offer will ease the situation for everyone, up and down the chain.

The RX 6500 XT launches on January 19 with a price tag of $199. We’ll see how long this dream of affordable and accessible 1080p card lasts after launch: day, hour, minute? (Find out more about the RX 6500 XT and AMD’s new Radeon Super Resolution technology.) –CS

Alienware Polaris eGPU Concept

Alienware Polaris eGPU Concept

(Photo: Molly Flores)

Concept Polaris is Alienware’s second foray into the external graphics market. The company’s original graphics amplifier eGPU included a full-size desktop power supply. It also relied on a proprietary connection that greatly limited its usefulness for a number of select Alienware systems.

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The Polaris concept is radically different, with external power adapters, a Thunderbolt 4 interface, and a much smaller overall architecture. The biggest “whoa” though? The device also includes liquid cooling for the graphics card inside the eGPU. The Concept Polaris is an interesting device for sure, but it also has some design elements that we’d expect to see change before anything like it hits the street.

It remains to be seen what parts of the design, if any, will come to fruition. But any The innovation in the devious and largely moribund eGPU market is highly valued. (Read more about Alienware’s Concept Polaris eGPU.) –MJAS

AMD Ryzen 6000 ‘Rembrandt’ Mobile CPUs

AMD Ryzen 6000 موبايل Mobile

AMD’s latest generation of mobile processors, the Ryzen 6000 series, is the company’s latest effort to beat Intel and Apple for the best laptop chips. And they’re serious competitors: AMD is leveraging its access to partner TSMC’s 6nm (6nm) manufacturing process, which can pack more transistors onto silicon than previous processes. As a result, the Ryzen 6000 series can, on average, deliver, according to AMD, “1.3x” faster performance compared to the 7nm Ryzen 5000 series.

The Ryzen 6000 series will span 20 different chipset versions, according to AMD’s CES keynote. But for now, the company is only revealing specifications for 10, which will feature either six cores and 12 threads, or eight cores and 16 threads. Eight of the newly announced chips, called the H-Series, will focus on more powerful laptops meant for gamers and digital content creators. The other two parts, which are part of the U series, will be devoted to thin and light laptop designs.

The most powerful chipset in the Ryzen 6000 series can now reach 5GHz in increased clock speeds. Other notable improvements include support for DDR5 RAM, Wi-Fi 6E, HDMI 2.1, and USB 4. Laptops built around new processors can also last up to 24 hours on a single charge, AMD says, helping you avoid that frequent frustration. For an outlet whether you work from home or you work at the airport. (Read more about AMD’s Ryzen 6000 mobile processors.) –Tom Brant

12th Generation Intel ‘Alder Lake’ Mobile CPUs

Intel 12th Generation Alder Lake Mobile

The first 12th-generation Intel processors appeared late last year for desktop computers (and, in fact, Intel expanded this line at CES 2022). But they are now coming to laptops, and we think the impact of their design can be greater than it does on a desktop. The chips use the new Intel Performance Hybrid architecture, grouping cores into two new classes: performance cores (P-cores) and Efficiency cores (E-cores). P-cores are designed to deliver maximum performance, with faster clock speeds and multi-threaded processing. On the other hand, the most power efficient electronic cores are only one thread and will handle the least demanding loads and tasks when your system needs to prioritize one over the other, or when processing requirements are low and energy saving is an option.

The primary improvement is 10% to 15% better performance per watt, but Intel promises great things from this seemingly modest efficiency gain. Among them: The new CPU family is so flexible that at home it powers thin and light laptops as much as massive gaming consoles.

In addition to new infrastructure improvements, Alder Lake also provides easier access to Intel vPro remote management technology, which until now was limited to processor SKUs for high-end enterprise PCs. Now, Intel is expanding the vPro family with two new platforms available in most of the eight SKUs announced at CES: vPro Enterprise, designed for the larger scale of large and often global workforces, and vPro Essentials, designed for small businesses that may not otherwise They need regular vPro scalability, but still want to provide superior communication and support for their teams. (Read more about 12th generation Intel Alder Lake mobile CPUs here.) –TB

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