Hardware.Info Awards 2014 - The winners

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At the beginning of this month, we asked you as our readers for a favour, which was to cast your vote for the products/technologies that you thought were the best of the past year. We are happy to inform you that the voting is now over, as is the counting of the votes. That is, we can announce the winners of this year's Hardware.Info Awards! 

Below are the winners per category, as well as the runners-up. We would like to thank everyone who cast their votes, and congratulate the manufacturers that won an award.

CategoryWinnerRunner-up
Best processor 2014 Intel Core i7 4790K Intel Core i7 5960X
Best (micro) ATX motherboard 2014 ASUS Maximus VII Gene MSI Z97 Gaming 5
Best mini ITX motherboard 2014 ASUS Maximus VII Impact MSI Z97I Gaming AC
Best memory module series 2014 Corsair Vengeance Kingston HyperX
Best 3D chip 2014 Nvidia GM204 (GTX 970 / 980) AMD Hawaii (R9 290(X))
Best AMD graphics card 2014 MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4GB Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X 8GB
Best Nvidia graphics card 2014 MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4GB ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix 4GB
Best sound card 2014 ASUS Xonar Essence STX II Creative Sound Blaster ZxR
Best harddisk 2014 Western Digital Black Seagate Barracuda 7200.14
Best SSD 2014 Samsung 850 Pro Crucial MX100
Best CPU cooler (air) 2014 Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH Edition Cooler Master Hyper 412S
Best CPU cooler (liquid) 2014 Corsair H100i Cooler Master Nepton 240m
Best thermal paste 2014 Arctic Silver 5 Cooler Master HTK
Best (micro) ATX case 2014 Cooler Master CM 690 III Fractal Design Define R4
Best Mini ITX case 2014 Corsair Obsidian 250D Cooler Master Elite 130
Best PSU (series) 2014 Corsair RM Be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10
Best casefan (series) 2014 Be quiet! Silent Wings 2 Noctua NF-F
Best monitor 2014 Dell UltraSharp U2713HM Iiyama Prolite XB2483HSU-B1
Best gaming monitor 2014 ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Iiyama ProLite GB2488HSU
Best mouse 2014 Logitech G502 Razer Deathadder
Best keyboard 2014 Logitech G710+ Corsair K70 RGB
Best printer/all-in-one 2014 Canon MG5550 HP Photosmart 5520
Best PC speakerset 2014 Logitech Z906 Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
Best headset / headphones 2014 Sennheiser Momentum SteelSeries Siberia v2
Best Bluetooth speaker 2014 Bose SoundLink III JBL Charge
Best USB thumb drive (series) 2014 Sandisk Extreme Pro Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3
Best flash memory card (series) 2014 Sandisk Extreme Pro Samsung Evo
Best NAS device 2014 Synology DS415+ QNAP TS-453 Pro
Best router 2014 ASUS RT-AC87U Netgear R7000 Nighthawk
Best all-in-one PC 2014 MSI AG240 Gaming Apple iMac 27
Best mini-PC / barebone 2014 MSI Nightblade Z97 Gigabyte Brix Pro-4770R
Best notebook 2014 ASUS N550 Apple MacBook Air
Best hybrid tablet/notebook 2014 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ASUS Transformer Book T100TA
Best gaming notebook 2014 MSI GS70 Alienware 17
Best smartphone 2014 Samsung Galaxys S5 Oneplus One
Best tablet 2014 Apple iPad Air 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Best TV 2014 Samsung HU7500 Sony X9005B
Best camera 2014 Canon Eos 5D Mark III Nikon D810
Best PC game 2014 Battlefield 4 Far Cry 4
Best product 2014 Nvidia GeForce GTX 970/980 Sony Playstation 4
Best new technology 2014 Oculus Rift DDR4

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