REVIEWS

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: [...]


October 14th, 2012

NZXT Phantom 820 Review

When it comes to designing new products, NZXT doesn’t take half measures and there’s no better example than the new Phantom 820. After undergoing top secret development for the better part of two years this full tower case is supposed to be perfectly suited for enthusiast customers.


October 11th, 2012

SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD Review

In a market filled with high end SSD’s, it may at first look like SanDisk’s new Extreme 240GB would have a tough time of things.  However, with a price of under $190 and performance that competes with some of the best drives currently available, it is sure to stand out for all of the right [...]


October 10th, 2012

AMD Trinity A10-5800K APU Review

AMD’s Trinity architecture and its flagship A10-5800K represent the next evolutionary step of AMD’s Fusion initiative.  By effectively combining Piledriver CPU cores, updated integrated graphics designs and a price of only $130, AMD is hoping this new desktop Trinity APU finds some traction within a highly competitive market.