Best PC Gamers of 2021

We leave in 2021 with mixed feelings. While a massive shortage of chips rages, making it nearly impossible to get a new graphics card at retail, it isn’t. everyone Bad News. Brands still offer some of the best hardware we’ve seen to date, from lightweight gaming mice to RTX gaming laptops and CPUs that usher in support for next-generation technologies.

We’ve seen the introduction of DDR5 RAM and some musings about PCIe 5.0, though only Intel joined the PCIe 4.0 bandwagon earlier this year. Eve and Asus debuted their first gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 and 4K at 144Hz that has since become widely available as a result. And AIO coolers are getting even cooler, with the MSI MEG CoreL Liquid S360 providing a screen that also plays .mp4 videos as well as animations.

With some products barely touching the shelves, we avoided the awards gala hype, but we still wanted to show off our favorite hardware of the year.

So, without further ado, here is a small selection of the best PC gaming consoles in 2021:

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Nvidia GeForce Now RTX 3080

Needless to say, the best graphics card in 2021 is the one you can get, but Nvidia’s cloud gaming solution is a close second. With the newly introduced RTX 3080 subscription, you can get the beauty of a new GPU without having to plug one into your system. If your broadband can keep up, you can adjust settings up to Ultra HD 1440p while maintaining a silky smooth 120fps without breaking a sweat. Even better, the MSRP of the RTX 3080 is equivalent to a three-year subscription, giving it amazing value for money.

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Intel Core i5 12600K

You’d be forgiven if you thought it was just a weird dream that Intel launched its 11th-generation Rocket Lake CPUs this year, but it’s true, the blue team really did it twice in 2021. Alder Lake’s cards take the cake, though, giving us The 12th generation is a mid-range marvel with the Intel Core i5 12600K. It supports DDR5, is compatible with PCIe 5.0 and outperforms AMD chips that cost more than twice as much.

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Steel Series Rival 5

2021 wasn’t lacking in good mice to choose from, but few have impressed us more than the SteelSeries Rival 5. With a similar look to the now legendary G502, the Rival 5 hits the perfect middle ground between ergonomics and macro buttons at just 85g – a This is especially important because players demand the lightest click possible. If you want a wireless experience, SteelSeries Prime Wireless is best for you, but other than that, the Rival 5 is one of the best all-in-one devices you can use.

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Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense

Haptic feedback is a staple of the best PC controllers, but it’s still largely absent from other gaming PC peripherals. Razer is trying to change this with its second-generation Hypersense feedback, which is one of the best gaming headsets of the year. The Razer Kraken V3 Hypersense has seen improvements over the original Nari, properly tuning vibrations to give you an immersive experience. This works by enhancing the bass, just like a subwoofer, so you can feel every gunshot and explosion. On top of that, it features beautiful RGB lighting on top of the clean look, comfortable pads, and a clear, detachable microphone.

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Eve Spectrum 4K

It’s no secret that the PC is our favorite platform here, but we have to give Sony and Microsoft a big handshake to give the technology a much-needed boost with their new consoles. 4K resolution at 144Hz is finally It’s becoming an accessible standard for gaming monitors, and crowd-funded Eve Spectrum is at least partly responsible for spearheading the shipment. Colors pop, movements are smooth, and stand is sold separately for those who already own an arm. You’ll need a graphics card that can keep up to take full advantage of it, but with Nvidia DLSS, AMD FSR and eventually Intel XeSS making things much easier, higher resolutions and refresh rates are within easy reach.

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Secretlab Magnus

You can attach the word “gaming” to just about anything nowadays, but Secretlab Magnus earns its title as the best gaming deskā€”and not just for 2021. It follows the same design philosophy as Secretlab gaming chairs, with every inch of the surface feeling premium. It’s made of solid metal, which means it’s not much fun to lift up a set of stairs but is the perfect companion for a wide range of magnetic accessories, from cable feeders to a headphone hanger or RGB lighting strip to a full-length leatherette cover for a desktop mouse. Even if you choose to use it without any of the fancy extras, its cable tray helps keep things clean.