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KitGuru Annual Awards 2012

2012 was a busy year for the Kitguru team. We reviewed hundreds of products in the last twelve months, from mainsteam performance memory cards to bank breaking video cards. Today we look back on the last 12 months and pick out the very best hardware to hit our labs.

Having posted close to 7,000 articles since we launched, it might come as a surprise that only a handful of products have ever achieved top marks in the KitGuru Labs. In fact, it took five months of testing to get the first product with a perfect ’10’ and that was Arctic’s MX-4 Thermal Compound. Since then, only a couple of products have managed to score the perfect 10.

KitGuru Labs sees a ton of kit each year, but what's best - overall?

For the KitGuru annual awards, getting a great score on a product when it was first reviewed will only go part of the way to securing top spot for the whole year. We will also take into account other products which might have superseded it – maybe with a slightly lower score, but a significantly lower price.

A great example of this was the launch of nVidia’s GTX660. Each new card into the KitGuru Lab had an even more impressive cooler/overclock than the previous one – so the lead was being swapped every other day.

In some cases, we have two clear winners: For example, there’s no intelligent way to match a high performance Intel chipset board with one designed for an entry level AMD APU, so we’ve created intelligent sub-categories or sections.

Another thing to note is that, in some cases, the winning product is in KitGuru’s Labs – fully tested – but hasn’t been published yet. It’s rare, but does happen, so we’ll let you know when you’re getting an ‘insight into the future’.

One thing is for sure, whatever your preferences: If you build a system based on these components – you can’t go wrong. For that reason, we’ve created a brand new award logo for these special products – something worth looking out for!

Enough pre-amble, let’s get on with the KitGuru Annual Awards 2012.

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  • callum orr

    Great read. although it wouyld have been good to have a couple more categorys on the mainboard section, as there wasnt really a z77 winner at £200 price point? which is exactly what im looking into at the moment.
    just thought i would also let you know of typo on the best of the rest page as you have written ‘Winning in 2103’.
    great article though.

  • Joanne

    That was really useful to help me shortlist parts for a new system build. Thank you!

  • Kirk

    Some great products in this list, I have decided to get the corsair H80i and the seasonic 520W power supply next pay day.

  • Nico

    Interesting to see some of these, I missed quite a few of the reviews this year, with so many updates on Kitguru it can be hard to keep track.

    Good work, very interesting reading.

  • Neil

    I am surprised to see Corsair getting so many awards, their H coolers aren’t all that good. Noctua NH D14 is better than them all.

  • Xtreme

    I would argue against OCZ, their fail rate is bad, I wouldn’t award them anything.

  • HWExpert

    @Xtreme – thats not right. only sandforce 2281 issues, and they plagued everyone from Corsair to Patriot who used the same controller. OCZ just sold more so they are highlighted more.

    Vector is a different controller. well earned IMO.

  • Kim Kan

    Was looking at the 302 and this has made my mind up. Wish they also did cheaper graphics cards cos I don’t want to spend more than £100.