REVIEWS

March 15th, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Review

AMD’s HD 5770 has long been the only real option for people looking to spend around $150 for a graphics card but now finally NVIDIA is trying to muscle into this price bracket.  In order to do this, they are launching a new graphics card called the GTX 550 Ti 1GB which incorporates a revised [...]


March 9th, 2011

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 & M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 Motherboards Review

AMD has made it a point of marketing to concentrate upon adding value to certain price segments and their supporting motherboard manufacturers have really caught on.  Today we will be taking a look at two products which take this mantra to heart:  the sub-$110 ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 and M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3.  Both use the 880G/SB850 chipset combination [...]


March 8th, 2011

Sapphire Pure Black X58 LGA1366 Motherboard Review

Around here, we usually see motherboards from the like of ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI.  Even EVGA makes an appearance every now and then but there is one other company which is trying to break into this market once again:  Sapphire.  With their new Pure Black X58, they hope to once again make an entry into [...]


March 7th, 2011

AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB Review; Antilles Arrives

AMD’s second generation DX11 lineup is finally starting to take full shape and the latest card is one which many have been eagerly anticipating.  Code named Antilles and officially called the HD 6990, it incorporates a pair of Cayman XT cores into a single PCB design which sports 4GB of GDDR5 and a sky high [...]


February 28th, 2011

Sparkle ONE GTS 450 1GB OC Single Slot Review

As the GTS 450 series has matured, board partners have come out with some unique products.  Sparkle has headlined their lineup with a single slot and overclocked card that hopes to strike a cord with HTPC users who are looking for more performance than integrated solutions can offer.


February 28th, 2011

GIGABYTE G1-Killer Motherboard Launch / LAN Party Coverage

Gigabyte’s G1 Killer boards have finally been launched and to celebrate the occasion, they held a LAN party event which was open to the general public.  Hardware Canucks was there to cover it from start to finish.


February 24th, 2011

An In Depth Look at Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology

After nearly two years of teasing us with tantalizing bits of information, Intel has finally launched their Light Peak technology which is now called Thunderbolt.  In this article, we will go through the story behind this promising new I/O standard and discuss the possibilities it brings to the table for a storage hungry market.


February 22nd, 2011

SteelSeries Xai Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Gaming mice are usually known as feature rich yet slightly tacky looking peripherals which sometimes cost a small fortune.   SteelSeries’ attitude towards this niche is slightly different since they offer the same features as their competitors’ products but do so without resorting to designs that stick out like a sore thumb.  Their newest Xai [...]


February 16th, 2011

Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5″ Hard Drive Review

SSDs have been stealing the limelight as of late but Western Digital is well on their way to heading off this push with their latest generation of Scorpio Black 2.5″ hard drives.  By offering a combination of performance, extremely high capacity for small form factor drives and low power consumption, they hope to offer up [...]


February 15th, 2011

MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB Hawk Review

With the launch of NVIDIA’s GTX 560 Ti, many thought that the GTX 460 1GB would go quietly into the night but that hasn’t quite happened.  This card has gained a new lease on life with a lower price point and products like MSI’s Hawk Edition have continued to lead the way by offering high [...]