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The next generation of 3D NAND—with 64 or more layers—has not yet hit the shelves, but it's getting closer. Toshiba and Western Digital announced their first mainstream client SSDs with 3D NAND recently at Computex. Micron and SK Hynix shouldn't be too far behind with their new generations of 3D NAND and mainstream SSDs based on them. As these flash manufacturers reach full production capacity of their new 3D NAND, the ongoing NAND shortage should begin to lift and SSD prices will stop climbing. However, none of these new SSDs are in stores yet, so this edition of the guide doesn't bring any major changes. If you are considering making a significant investment in a large or high-performance SSD, consider waiting until the fall when...

Best Laptops: Q2 2017

Every quarter we like to take a look at the market and offer a summary for a quick recommendation list of laptops. Although there were no new CPU or...

23 by Brett Howse on 6/2/2017

Best Tablets: Q1 2017

Unlike the red-hot smartphone market that continues to grow, with new models appearing at a blistering rate, the tablet market is, well….a little boring. Apple still releases a few...

27 by Matt Humrick on 3/31/2017

Best Android Phones: Q1 2017

Flowers are blooming and temperatures are rising, which means it’s time for our Q1 2017 Best Android Smartphones guide. There’s been a flurry of phone announcements over the first...

72 by Matt Humrick on 3/30/2017

CPU Buyer's Guide: Q1 2017

In our series of Buyer Guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of...

45 by Ian Cutress on 3/20/2017

Best Gaming Laptops: Holiday 2016

It’s been about a year since our last look at gaming laptops, and the one major change over last year is the launch of the 16 nm FinFET GPUs...

44 by Brett Howse on 12/19/2016

Best PC Power Supplies: Holiday 2016

For today's holiday buyers' guide we are having a look at power supplies. Once again, I shall begin with discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users, that a...

63 by E. Fylladitakis on 11/30/2016

Best NASes: Q1 2016

Network-attached storage vendors do not usually follow a regular yearly cadence in updating their offerings. Releases for different market segments are spread throughout the year. That said, thanks to...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/30/2016

Best High-End Laptops: Holiday 2014

High-End Laptop Recommendations Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream...

85 by Jarred Walton on 12/18/2014

Best $1000 Laptops: Holiday 2014

Mainstream Laptop Recommendations So far we've covered the budget laptop sector as well as Chromebooks in our Holiday 2014 Guides, but if you want a good quality laptop that can...

80 by Jarred Walton on 12/5/2014

Chromebook Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2014

If you want something more than a tablet, the cheapest options are undoubtedly Chromebooks. These are basically the least expensive laptops you can find, and while we're working on...

64 by Jarred Walton on 11/26/2014

Best Video Cards: October 2014

After a couple of months off due to a very busy fall product season, we’re finally back again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry...

73 by Ryan Smith on 10/30/2014

The AnandTech Guide to Video Card Overclocking Software

Video card overclocking has become a very popular topic amongst gamers and PC enthusiasts these days. With the release of next generation games around the corner and the growing...

59 by Michael Wilding on 10/8/2014

Best Desktops for Under a Grand

Following up on last week's Best Budget PC Guide, today we have midrange systems with roughly twice the cost. Of all the systems types to configure, the midrange market...

65 by Jarred Walton on 8/8/2014

State of the Part: CPUs

Short Introduction to CPUs and Terminology There are many elements that go into any modern computer: the CPU/APU, motherboard, memory, (optional) GPU, storage, case, and power supply. While some items...

69 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2014

Best PC You Can Build for Under $500

With yesterday's launch of AMD's 65W Kaveri APUs, it seemed a good time to give some recommendations for new system builds. We're starting out at the budget end of...

86 by Jarred Walton on 8/1/2014

Best Video Cards: June 2014

We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for June of 2014. June has been another quiet month from a...

51 by Ryan Smith on 6/30/2014

Best Video Cards: May 2014

We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for May of 2014. All things considered, the month of May has...

44 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014

Best Video Cards: April 2014

As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards. Compared to the February/March time period and the flurry of activity coinciding with...

65 by Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014

Best Video Cards: March 2014

We’re back once again with our regular guide to desktop video cards, this time for March of 2014. Since our last update in January 2014, we’ve seen some significant shifts...

53 by Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014

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