REVIEWS

November 6th, 2012

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Review

OCZ’s new Agility 4 SSD is meant to combine a high performance Everest 2 controller with mid-tier NAND to create a drive that competes against some of the best around without costing a fortune.  However, at $180, the Agility 4 has been parachuted into a very cluttered market segment which holds several alternatives.


October 31st, 2012

Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Mouse & Mouse Pad Review

Gigabyte’s new Krypton mouse may be slightly expensive at $80 but  it can be used by left or right handed gamers and includes an envious feature set.  This goes hand in hand with the double sided Krypton gaming mouse pad that goes for $40 while providing a huge surface for enthusiasts.


October 30th, 2012

AMD Vishera FX-6300 & FX-4300 Review

While the FX-8350 may have hogged the lion’s share of AMD’s Vishera launch coverage, a number of more affordable processors were introduced alongside it.   The six core FX-6300 and quad core FX-4300 are both priced under $140 and should provide some real competition for Intel’s i3 series Ivy Bridge CPUs.


October 29th, 2012

AMD’s Radeon ExtravaLANza Event Coverage

Last weekend AMD held the inaugural Radeon ExtravaLANza event out of their Markham, Ontario headquarters. It brought together gamers of all ages and walks of life into one area for some friendly competition and Hardware Canucks was there to cover it.


October 25th, 2012

ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

The new VG278HE is supposed to be a gaming monitor like no other.  It boasts a sky high 144Hz refresh rate, 27″ of viewable space, great viewing angles and some of the best out-of-box colors we’ve ever seen from a TN panel.  What it doesn’t have is an included NVIDIA 3D Vision kit so pricing is [...]


October 22nd, 2012

FX-8350 CPU Review; AMD’s Vishera Arrives

AMD’s new FX-8350  is the new kid on the processor block but it, along with the other Vishera CPUs, house technology we’ve seen before.  Like Trinity, this eight core processor uses the revised Piledriver architecture which is supposed to grant it substantial performance improvements over Bulldozer.  But will it be enough to overcome, let alone [...]


October 21st, 2012

AMD 12.11 “Never Settle” Driver Performance

AMD’s new “Never Settle” 12.11 drivers supposedly bring performance increases for the HD 7000-series but there’s nothing unusual about that.  The kicker here is AMD’s claim of framerate improvements in almost every….single….game.   Now that’s something we just had to put to the test.


October 18th, 2012

Gigabyte HD 7970 Super Overclock Review

The Gigabyte HD 7970 Super Overclock will likely prompt heated debates, not for performance but rather due to the heatsink Gigabyte is using.  In the place of their well known coolers, a new WindForce -dubbed the “5X”- has been designed and it uses five tiny, rather loud fans to pull air through a triple slot [...]


October 16th, 2012

BitFenix Hydra Pro & Recon Fan Controllers Review

Fan controllers may not be a marquee item within many enthusiasts’ systems but the power they grant over airflow within a case cannot be underestimated.  BitFenix’s Hydra Pro and Recon controllers hail from very different ends of the spectrum but they both grant end users complete control over their system fans.


October 15th, 2012

Cooler Master QuickFire Rapid & QuickFire Pro Review

Cooler Master’s QuickFire Rapid and QuickFire Pro target two completely different areas of the keyboard market.  The Rapid is a sleek portable gaming device which can be carried just about anywhere while the Pro is geared directly towards enthusiasts that want a no frills peripheral at a great price.  There is however have one similarity: [...]