REVIEWS

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 [...]


August 21st, 2011

Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD Review

With every other manufacturer well into their enthusiast SATA 6Gbps releases, it was only a matter of time until Kingston joined the fray.  Their new HyperX series uses long-life, high performance Intel NAND with a SandForce SF2281 controller which makes it one of the best possible combinations available for enthusiasts.


August 11th, 2011

Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD Review

Before getting the Wildfire, we had seen our fair share of the Sandforce invasion that is currently running amok in the SSD market.  Expecting yet another rebrand of the same tried, tested and  boring design, we didn’t really expect much from Patriot’s latest flagship drive.  But instead of the same old story, we’ve found an SSD [...]


August 8th, 2011

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Case Review

With a full stable of cases, Corsair has been well placed in the enthusiast enclosure market but they didn’t have anything to compete with the more budget friendly Cooler Master 690II and Thermaltake Elements of this world. Now things are about to change since the $99 400R is about to be introduced. This promises to [...]


August 7th, 2011

Corsair Performance 3 256GB SSD Review

Corsair’s Performance 3 SSDs were all the rage at this year’s CES but after a short time, they were almost forgotten in favor of newer SandForce-based drives.  Now, months after launch we’re taking a look at the Performance 3 in its 256GB form and have come to realize that its Marvell controller has some unique [...]