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The Best PC Hardware of 2021: The Full Nerd

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Keith May all debate the best PC hardware of 2021.

It’s a bloodbath from the start, with Gordon proposing Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake as the finest CPU of the year and Alaina arguing that AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600G should be selected owing to the current state of GPUs and its low price.

The heated discussion spills over into the best GPU of the year as Alaina makes a resurgence, claiming that AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600G offers encouragement to those who cannot acquire unattainable discrete GPUs. Gordon disagrees with this notion, stating that best doesn’t necessarily imply settling.

The crew also talks about their selections for the best laptop, accessory, game, innovation, and trend as we near the end of 2021, which has been a particularly interesting year for PCs.

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Gordon has been covering PCs and components since 1998, one of the originators of hard technical reporting.