European Hardware Awards 2022 – Finalists Announced

In Awards by Andrzej Bania

Over the past two months, more than 100 of the world’s top technology journalists have been looking at all of the hardware options available in the market – and voting for their favourite products. On Monday 23rd May 2022, the 8th European Hardware Awards will be presented to the world and that definitive list of the best hardware, will be revealed. 

In terms of scope and expertise, no editorial survey comes close to the one that the EHA runs to find the Best of the Best. Now in its eighth year, the EHA Awards 2022 promises to be a truly unique event.

The nine publications that come together to form the European Hardware Association, reach a combined audience of more than 20 million PC technology enthusiasts, early adopters and influencers from across the continent. The awards would not be possible without the experience gained from completing millions of individual tests, going back close to two decades.

In light of the on-going issues with the pandemic, on Monday 23rd May 2022, there will be a special online ceremony to announce winners of the European Hardware Awards 2022.

Vendors, distributors, resellers and manufacturers can find out more about the event – and book their complimentary tickets – by following this link.

The process by which products enter the nomination process, are analysed and voted for – is explained in detail over here.

Although the various sections are revised from time to time, the core categories have remained largely untouched over the eight years that this event has been running.

Thousands of products have been considered and we are now down to the ‘chosen few’.

Voting has begun in all categories, as our editorial teams decide which products are the best of the best on sale in Europe today.

Here are the finalists being considered by the editorial teams of the European Hardware Association:-

Best CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Intel Core i5-12400F
Intel Core i5-12600K
Intel Core i7-12700K
Intel Core i9-12900K
Best ATX Motherboard
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Apex
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Formula
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 HERO
Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce
Gigagbyte Z690 AORUS Elite DDR4
MSI MAG B660 Tomahawk WiFi
MSI MAG X570S Tomahawk Max WiFi
MSI MEG Z690 Unify
MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi
Best Micro ATX Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix B660-G Gaming WiFi
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-G Gaming WiFi
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-G Gaming WiFi
ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus WiFi II
Gigabyte B550M AORUS Pro
Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4
MSI MAG B550M Mortar WiFi
MSI MAG B560M Mortar
MSI MAG B660M Mortar WiFi DDR4
MSI MAG Z690M Mortar WiFi
Best Mini ITX Motherboard
ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact
ASUS ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix B660-I Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi
Gigabyte B550I AORUS Pro AX
Gigabyte X570SI AORUS Pro
Gigabyte Z690I AORUS Ultra
MSI MEG Z690I Unify
Best System Memory Series
Corsair Dominator
Corsair Vengeance
G.Skill Trident Z Neo
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB
Kingston FURY Beast
Kingston FURY Renegade
Best GPU
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
Best AMD Based Graphics Card
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Reference
ASUS ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6900 XT
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 6600 XT
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800
ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6900 XT
Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 6900 XT MASTER 16G
MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming X Trio 16G
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX6700 XT
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX6800 XT
Sapphire Toxic AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Air Cooled
Best Nvidia Based Graphics Card
ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 OC Edition
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 OC
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080
Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 3090 XTREME
Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3080 Xtrem Waterforce
Inno3D GeForce RTX 3060 iCHILL X3
MSI GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming X
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition
Palit 3060 StormX
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Extreme Holo
Best Gaming Monitor
Alienware QD-OLED AW3423DW
Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165
Gigabyte AORUS FI32U
Gigabyte AORUS FO48U
Gigabyte M32U
iiyama G-Master GB3466WQSU
LG UltraGear 32GP850
MSI Oculux NGX253R
Philips 279M1RV
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9
Best Professional Monitor
Benq SW271C
Huawei Mate View
LG UltraFine OLED 32EP950
LG UltraFine OLED Pro 32BP95E
MSI Summit MS321UP
Philips 279M1RV
Philips Brilliance 498P9Z
Best CPU Cooler (Air)
ARCTIC Freezer 35
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim 2
Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth
DeepCool AK620
Noctua NH-D15
Noctua NH-P1
SilentiumPC Fera 5
Best CPU Cooler (Water)
Alphacool Eisbaer LT Aurora 360
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II
ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360
be quiet! silent Loop 2 280
Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD
Fractal Lumen S36 RGB
MSI MEG Coreliquid S360
NZXT Kraken X53
NZXT Kraken X73 RGB
Best Custom Cooling
Corsair Custom Hydro X
EK Classic Kit P240
EK Quantum Velocity 2
Raijintek Scylla Pro
Watercool Heatkiller V
Best Case Fan Series
Arctic P12 PWM PST A-RGB 0dB
be quiet! Light Wings
be quiet! Silent Wings 3
Noctua NF-A12x25
Noctua NF-A20 FLX
Phanteks T30-120
Best Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda
Seagate Exos
Seagate FireCuda
Seagate IronWolf / Ironwolf Pro
WD Black
WD Gold
WD Red / Red Pro
Best SSD
Corsair Force Series MP600 Pro XT
Crucial P5 Plus
Kingston KC3000
MSI Spatium M480
Patriot Viper VP4300
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus
Samsung 980 Pro
Seagate FireCuda 530
WD Black SN850
Best NAS Device
Synology DS1621xs+
Synology DS220+
Synology DS920+
Best External Storage
Crucial X8 Portable
Kingston DataTraveler Max
Kingston XS2000
Samsung Portable SSD T7
Samsung Portable SSD X5
SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2
Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSD
WD Black D30 Game Drive SSD
WD Black P50
WD My Passport SSD
Best ATX Case
be quiet! Silent Base 802
Cooler Master HAF 700 Evo
Corsair 4000D Airflow
Deepcool MATREXX 55 V3 ADD-RGB 3F
Fractal Design Define 7
Fractal Design Meshify 2
Fractal Design Torrent
Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO
Best Micro ATX Case
Antec Draco 10
Chieftec Mesh Series CI-02B-OP
Chieftronic M2
Cooler Master TD300 Mesh
Fractal Design Define Mini C
Fractal Design Meshify C Mini
Lian Li Lancool 205M
Montech Air 100 ARGB
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv
Best ITX Case
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P / Max
Fractal Design Torrent Nano
Phanteks Evolv Shift XT
Raijintek Pan Slim
Ssupd Meshlicious
Best PSU Series
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12
be quiet! Pure Power 11
Corsair TX-M
Fractal Design ION
Seasonic Focus SGX
Seasonic Prime TX
Best Gaming Mouse
ASUS ROG Gladius III Wireless
Cooler Master MM720
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless
Endgame Gear XM1r
Glorious Model O Wireless
Logitech G303 Shroud Edition
Logitech G502 Hero
Logitech G502 Lightspeed
Razer Basilisk V3
Roccat Kone Pro Air
Sharkoon Light² 180
SPG Gear Gem Plus
Xtrfy MZ1
Best Gaming Keyboard
ASUS ROG Claymore II
Corsair K100 RGB
Corsair K70 RGB PRO
Gaming Gear Champions Bane
Logitech G915 Lightspeed
Mountain Everest 60
Mountain Everest Max
Razer Huntsman V2
Sharkoon Skiller SGK30
SilentiumPC SPC Gear GK630K Tournament
Best Router
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000
Netgear Nighthawk AX12
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
Netgear Orbi AX6000
Best VR/AR Product
HP Reverb G2
HTC Vive Flow
HTC Vive Pro 2
Oculus Quest 2
Valve Index
Best Gaming Chair
MSI MAG CH130 I Repeltek Fabric
noblechairs Epic / Epic TX
noblechairs Hero / Hero TX
Noblechairs Icon
Razer Enki
Sharkoon SKILLER SGS40
Best Streaming Equipment
Avermedia Dualcom PW313D
Elgato Stream Deck
Elgato Wave 3
MSI Immerse GV60
NZXT Capsule
Best Gaming Headset
Corsair HS70 Bluetooth
Corsair HS80
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT
HyperX Cloud II Wireless
Sharkoon Skiller SGH50
Steelseries Arctis 7X
Best Headphone
Anker Soundcore Life Q35
Bose QuietComfort 45
Philips Fidelio L3
Shure AONIC 50
Sony WH-1000M4
Best Earphones
1MORE True Wireless ANC
Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
Apple AirPods Pro
Edifier Neobuds Pro TWS
Real Me buds air 2
Sony WF-1000XM4
Best Speakers
Amazon Echo Studio
Bose SoundLink Revolve+
Creative SX-FI Carrier
Edifier S2000 MK III
Razer Nommo Pro
Best Mini-PC
ASRock NUC 1200
Intel NUC 11 Pro
Intel NUC 12 Extreme
Best Gaming Desktop System
Box Titanium X 5900X 3080Ti
Corsair One i300
Intel NUC 12 Extreme Dragon Canyon
Lenovo Legion T7
MSI MEG Aegis Ti5
MSI MEG Trident X
Best Notebook
Apple MacBook Pro 16
ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
ASUS Zenbook 14X Space Edition
Dell XPS 17 9710
Framework laptop
HUAWEI MateBook 14s
HUAWEI MateBook D16
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo ThinkPad Z16
Lenovo Yoga 9i
Best 2-in-1
ASUS ZenBook Flip S
ASUS Zenbook Fold 17 OLED
HP Spectre x360
Lenovo Thinkpad X1
Lenovo Yoga 7i
Lenovo Yoga 9i
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Best Gaming Notebook
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16
Lenovo Legio 5 / Pro
Lenovo Legion 7
MSI Raider GE76
Razer Blade 17
Best Smartphone
Apple iPhone 13
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6 Pro
OnePlus 10 Pro
OnePlus 9 Pro
OPPO Find X5 Pro
realme GT 2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Best Wearable
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
Apple Watch Series 7
Garmin Epix
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Xiaomi MI Smart Band 6
Best Smart Home Product
Alexa Echo 4ª Gen
Amazon Echo Show 15
eufy Video Doorbell
Google Nest Hub 2
Homey Pro
Best Gaming Product
Alienware AW3423DW
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series
Intel Core 12th Gen Series
MSI Raider GE76
Nintendo Switch OLED
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series
Valve Steam Deck
Best Overclocking Product
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Apex
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Sub-Zero
EK Quantum Velocity 2
G.Skill Trident Z5
Intel Core i5-12600K
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
Best New Technology
AMD 3D V-Cache
AMD Radeon Super Resolution
AMD Rembrandt APUs
DLSS 2.0
Intel Alder Lake Archtecture
Mini-LED displays
Product of the Year
Alienware AW3423DW
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
Asus GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition
Intel 12th Gen Core Processors
Nintendo Switch OLED
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti