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Data storage requirements have seen an exponential increase over the last several years. Despite SSDs taking over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to shine in areas requiring storage of large amount of data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. SSDs are yet to achieve the low $/GB metric that makes HDDs attractive in that market segment. Modern games run into 100s of GBs in terms of install size. As flash prices continue to stay high, high-capacity SSDs have tended to carry a significant premium. In this scenario, the gaming crowd may find hard drives attractive. This guide will help readers choose the appropriate hard drive based on...

Best Gaming Laptops: Holiday 2017

Along with our quarterly laptop guide, near the end of every year we also like to take a look at the state of the gaming laptop market. With a...

14 by Brett Howse & Joe Shields on 11/22/2017

Best SSDs: Holiday 2017

It's been only two months since the last update to this guide, but with the holiday sales starting it's time to check where SSD prices are at. There haven't...

4 by Billy Tallis on 11/22/2017

Best Mechanical Keyboards: Holiday 2017

Continuing our run of holiday buyers' guides, this afternoon we're taking a look at peripherals. Considering that a PC’s peripherals can easily outlive the main system’s components and usually...

30 by E. Fylladitakis on 11/21/2017

Best Laptops: Holiday 2017

It's time for another look at the notebook market. The rollout of the 8th gen quad-core U series has been slowly happening, with more products available, and we've also...

49 by Brett Howse on 11/21/2017

Best Video Cards for Gaming: Holiday 2017

For gaming PCs that push the pretty pixels on the screens, the video card is the most important component. And given the sheer amount of custom options, choosing the...

54 by Nate Oh on 11/17/2017

Best PC Power Supplies: Holiday 2017

Now that you've picked out your CPU, it's time to start picking out the rest of your system components. And perhaps the most humble but overlooked of these components...

46 by E. Fylladitakis on 11/17/2017

Best CPUs for Gaming 2017

In our series of Best CPU guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended Gaming CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the...

24 by Ian Cutress on 11/7/2017

Best CPUs: August 2017

Our newest CPU Guide can be found here: https://www.anandtech.com/show/9793/best-cpus Best CPUs, August 2017 Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give...

0 by Ian Cutress on 8/30/2017

Best CPUs Q2 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...

0 by Ian Cutress on 7/6/2017

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...

28 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...

75 by Matt Humrick on 3/30/2017

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

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