REVIEWS

September 22nd, 2011

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5″ Hard Drive Review

With their competitors leading the way with 1TB notebook hard drives, Western Digital has finally shown their cards by releasing the  Scorpio Blue 1TB.  By combining a pair of 500GB platters, they are hoping this particular HDD can effectively deliver good performance, high capacity and low power consumption to mobile users.  But does this relatively expensive drive have [...]


September 14th, 2011

OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD Review

When moving to an SSD from a typical hard drive, many  have to sacrifice storage capacity for speed.  OCZ has tried to mitigate this loss by introducing the Agility 3 240GB, a high capacity SSD which doesn’t cost an absolute fortune.


September 13th, 2011

AMD Hits 8.429GHz with Bulldozer FX-8150 Processor; Smashes World Record

With a bunch of media in attendance, some quickly binned processors, and whole lot of liquid helium, a supremely capable group made up of Sami (Macci) Mäkinen, Brian (Chew*) McLachlan, Aaron Schradin, Pete Hardman, and Simon Solotko pushed an octo-core FX-8150 (with two cores enabled) to new heights and achieved a new CPU frequency world [...]


September 7th, 2011

Crucial M4 256GB Update: The Power of Firmware

A short while ago we reviewed the Crucial M4 256GB SSD but we couldn’t just leave things at that since a new (supposedly) performance increasing firmware was just released for it.  In this quick article we look at the differences brought about by this new, much ballyhooed  0009 version.   Has Crucial accomplished the impossible by releasing [...]


September 6th, 2011

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 Z68 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte has been pushing their G1 series “gaming” motherboards for some time now but the Sniper 2 represents their first step away from the aging X58 platform.  Not only is this board more affordable than its predecessor but it also comes with Z68-exclusive features like SSD caching and Virtu GPU switching technology.


August 31st, 2011

Samsung Series 9 NP900X3A Notebook Review

Earlier this year Samsung introduced their new Series 9 notebooks which strive for industrial design excellence while sparing no costs. In layman’s terms this means Samsung has tried to shoe horn leading edge technology into a beautiful, yet razor thin enclosure without sacrificing performance.  There is however a single stumbling point:  an astronomical price tag.


August 30th, 2011

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD Review

In such a cluttered SSD market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to distinguish their wares from those of the competition.  Some rely on flashy packaging while others just follow meekly along with everyone else.  Mushkin on the other hand has gone another route by introducing their SF2281-based high performance Chronos Deluxe 120GB at [...]


August 25th, 2011

Crucial M4 256GB SSD Review

Crucial may be a newcomer to Hardware Canucks but their SSDs just happen to be some of the most popular around right now due to their excellent pricing and wide availability. Their newest line of M4-series drives continues down the same path as previous generations but now uses the same Marvel 9174 controller we saw [...]


August 23rd, 2011

BitFenix Shinobi Mid Tower Case Review

The budget mid tower case market used to be filled with cheaply made, under designed junk but if recent trends are any indication, those days are well behind us. BitFenix may not be a household brand just yet but their new Shinobi case could be their ticket to success. Priced at under $85 and sporting [...]


August 22nd, 2011

ASUS G74SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review

The words “gaming” and “notebook” used to be mutually exclusive but as technology has become more efficient, combining high performance components into a reasonably priced notebook is now possible.  ASUS has been leading the charge towards value oriented portable gaming and their new G74SX-A1 with its GTX 560M graphics card and sub-$1800 could be perfect for [...]