If you're reading this, you probably know that all year round you can rely on TweakTown to review the hottest and greatest gadgets from PC hardware, consumer electronics, games, and movies - we go through it all to tell you if it's worth your money and time. But Christmas is a time to spoil, so who better to treat than numero uno?
Welcome to the 2016 TweakTown Holiday Buyer's Guide. Feel free to "accidentally" bookmark the page, leave it open on every device you have or just post the links to your social media accounts, so your family gets the message. Without any further ado, let's jump into our best picks of the year.
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 & AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA continued their high-end graphics card domination throughout 2016, with the GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and the Titan X. But, they were priced alongside their performance - allowing AMD to swoop in for the under $300 crowd with the Radeon RX 400 series. The Radeon RX 480, in particular, represents a return to form for AMD, teasing the beginning of something new with Polaris - and soon, Vega.
Display: Acer Predator X34 & Acer XB271HU
This is a hard choice... Acer killed it with the Predator X34 this year, a 34-inch curved UltraWide with its delicious native 3440x1440 resolution and 100Hz refresh rate, topped off with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. But, I'm a fan of high refresh rate displays, so an honorable mention must go to Acer's XB271HU - their 27-inch 2560x1440 panel with the awesome 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync.
SSD: Samsung 960 EVO
Price meets performance. This is what Samsung's 960 EVO is all about. Of all the SSDs we've tested this year, Samsung's 960 EVO stands out from the crowd. With sequential read/write speeds of up to 3,200/1900 MB/s and random read/write performance of up to 380K/360K IOPS, Samsung's 960 EVO delivers performance that is hard to match at an affordable price. We feel that Samsung's 960 EVO series delivers the best performance to price ratio of any SSD on the market. This tiny gum stick-sized SSD is sure to please.
Case: Thermaltake Core P3 & Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
When it comes to cases, not a single chassis we saw this year can compete with the Thermaltake Core P3 when it comes to showing off what your rig is made of. It's affordable, easy to assemble, and it leaves every bit of your PC fully exposed for your viewing pleasure. The design is solid, it offers hidden locations for drives, it is water cooling compatible, and Thermaltake even hosts 3D printable files on site to allow users to customize these cases to do exactly what each user wants from their open air show piece.
When it comes to a standard style of chassis, we feel that Corsair has pushed the boundaries as to what to expect from cases in the future. Many companies have delivered designs which have used tempered glass on the front, or maybe the front and the left side, but nobody has taken it to the extreme of what the Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB has. Not only does it look sleek with views into the chassis from every angle, the addition of a trio of controllable RGB fans down the front allows every bit of your desktop to be perfectly color matched.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
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